Events

April 2015

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:30am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:00pm

Screening: 2 p.m. * Discussion following

Since 2011, the after-school Play On, Philly! initiative has provided daily musical instruction to hundreds of Philadelphia students in communities that otherwise have little access to music education. Modeled after Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema youth orchestra project, it is one of two U.S. programs—with New York’s Sistema-inspired Harmony Program—featured in the 2014 documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:30pm

On the morning of May 3, 1863, on the cusp of one of the most remarkable tactical battlefield victories in American military history, Gen. Robert E. Lee rode to a crossroads clearing in Virginia known as Chancellorsville amid the cheers of his high-spirited Confederate troops.

Few in that moment of triumph could envision the South’s complete defeat in less than two years. Ethan S. Rafuse of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the factors and events leading to Lee’s surrender in April 1865, including an examination of Lee’s legendary generalship.

Co-sponsored by the Command and General Staff College Foundation.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday and works on all kinds of needlework projects (knitting, rug hooking, crochet, applique, needlepoint, embroidery, etc.) No instruction is provided. Just bring a project and have fun!

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:00pm

Tweens and teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fishy activities, trivia, and a screening of Finding Nemo. Come ready to quote along to your favorite parts and don't forget that "Fish are friends, not food!"

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This month, the Ruiz Readers Book Group will be discussing The Diviners, by Libba Bray - an intriguing novel about seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill, who is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Join us to discuss The Diviners or your favorite book.
For further information, contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Hop on over to the library for a Bunny Storytime and Egg Hunt!

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join the Between the Lines book group for a great discussion each month. This group meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:00pm in the Westport Branch Library Meeting Room. Contact the Westport Branch Library at 816.701.3488 for the group's current reading selection or to reserve your copy of the book!

This month's selection: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Do you have questions about how to use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, E-Reader or other mobile technologies? Want to know more about Overdrive, Hoopla, or other library e-resources? Bring your device to our Open Lab and ask the expert!

15 minute time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vault Level Multipurpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email techclasses@kclibrary.org

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 6:30pm

Students from the private elementary Community School #1 stage a new look at the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Incorporating memorable music and witty lyrics, the adapted script reflects their love for Kansas City and for having a good time. Appropriate for all ages.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn more about getting around on your computer in this class, which offers insights into hardware and software components.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

How do you know when your garden is ready to harvest? Should crops be a certain color or a certain size – and how do you handle/store vegetables once you have picked them?

Knowing how to successfully harvest, handle, and store crops all year round takes a lot of skill and knowledge – all of which you can learn about at the Ruiz Seed Library’s workshop HELP WITH HARVESTING.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 1:30pm

Celebrate April Fool’s Day throughout the entire month of April with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools … from Steve Martin’s Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk to Nicolas Cage’s Herbert I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona. You’d be a fool to miss it.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Sign up for a free email account and follow along as this tutorial teaches how to send, receive, and organize email. Click here to register.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Take Away the A turns the Alphabet Book upside down and the result is a playful romp from A to Z.
The idea is simple but imaginative: subtract a single letter from a word and it transforms into an entirely different word. Have fun discovering the word pairs in this book, and then venture off to find your own!

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Women comprise about half of the U.S. labor force, including half of all professional and management positions. But they account for fewer than 15 percent of the executive officers of Fortune 500 companies.

How are both women and men perceived in the workplace? How does that affect the way they feel about themselves? Ashley Milne-Tyte, a regular contributor to Public Radio International’s Marketplace and producer and host of the podcast The Broad Experience: A Conversation About Women, the Workplace, and Success, examines the ways in which gender affects people’s working lives.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:30am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Check out the NEW Teen Book Club at Westport! We are reading great new books and a few old favorites. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in the Westport Branch Library meeting at 4:30pm. Copies of the book club selection are available at the front desk.

On Wednesday April 8th we will be discussing The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Come and celebrate your favorite series! We will read from the book,craft and play games. Ages 8-12.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:30pm

The importance of libraries continues to grow. More than book repositories, they can serve as bulwarks against some of the most critical challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.

Yet educator and technology expert John Palfrey maintains they’re imperiled and must evolve. The world is rapidly modernizing. Government funding is dwindling.

Nearing the end of the 10th anniversary year of the opening of Kansas City’s elegant downtown Central Library, the head of Massachusetts’ esteemed Phillips Academy discusses his soon-to-be released book, BiblioTech, and suggests changes he says are vital to libraries’ survival. He urges them to move toward a digital future as quickly as possible—converting print material and ensuring that born-digital items are publicly available online—while continuing to fill their vital, longtime role as public spaces.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come in and play your favorite Wii games and board games with other adults.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn driving safety tips for older adults.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday and works on all kinds of needlework projects (knitting, rug hooking, crochet, applique, needlepoint, embroidery, etc.) No instruction is provided. Just bring a project and have fun!

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:00pm

Share your inner otaku by meeting other anime and manga fans while watching some of the most popular anime on Crunchyroll.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:30pm

The Nation—the self-described “flagship of the left”—is the country’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine, jabbing at political sensitivities since its founding by Republican abolitionists at the time of the Civil War and particularly since finding a more progressive voice in the 1930s.

The new documentary Hot Type marks the publication’s 150th anniversary, spotlighting current and past writers and editors in chronicling daily life working on the magazine. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, the film also follows participants in The Nation’s much-sought-after internship program.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come for a Meet and Greet! It's SID, the Science Kid!
He will be on the 2nd floor of the Central Library: Central Youth Services!
Come get your picture taken with Sid!

Parking is Free!

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Come join us in the spacious Westport Meeting Room for a great movie and light refreshments.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:30pm

Born and raised in Kansas City, Jason Divad has taken his multifaceted act across the country and the world. He delights in making young audience members a part of his performance. Listen for the whispers: “That was awesome.” Appropriate for all ages.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:00am

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) literacy program uses therapy animals to improve children's reading and communication skills. Join the R.E.A.D. team at the Waldo Branch the second Saturday each month between February 2015 and April 2015 as children read the pooches some prose. Children may sign up for a 10-minute slot each Saturday. Parents must sign a release form before children will be allowed to read with one of the dogs.

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Register here

Join the Kansas City Public Library and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for more than a dozen free programs intended to promote and encourage financial awareness.

Free programs include Mortgages 101, Your Credit History and Score, Estate Planning: Intro to the Essentials, Retirement Planning Basics, and many more! Attendees can receive a free copy of their credit report, and children and their families can take part in educational programs throughout the day in the children’s learning area.

For more information, please visit moneysmartday.kcfed.org.

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you!

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 1:30pm

Celebrate April Fool’s Day throughout the entire month of April with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools … from Steve Martin’s Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk to Nicolas Cage’s Herbert I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona. You’d be a fool to miss it.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Car repairs are no fun for anyone. Learn maintenance tips that will help you to keep those hard earned dollars in your pocket.

Andy Mitchell, Lead Mechanic for Hertz Rental Cars at KCI will be our speaker. Andy has worked as a mechanic for 30 plus years on a variety of makes and models of automobiles. Andy enjoys teaching young people and has served as an instructor for the local boy scouts as well as youth baseball teams for the past 20 years.
This program is free and open to anyone 16 years of age and older

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 2:00pm

The Kansas City Public Library hosts the annual Missouri 5th Congressional District student art exhibit and town hall gathering, where U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, will recognize local high school artists.

All student art submissions will be on display at the Central Library from April 11-16, 2015. One will go on display for a year in Washington, D.C.—in the Cannon tunnel leading from the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol—an honor that went to a student from Lee’s Summit High School in 2014.

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.

Title of Talk: We Were Hanging by a Thread

Speaker: Ann Brownfield

Join us at the Westport Branch Library on Saturday April 11th as we welcome Ann Brownfield. Mrs. Brownfield will present information from her book: We Were Hanging By a Thread. Mrs. Brownfield's speech will focus on the Garment District of Kansas City and the Garment Museum in downtown Kansas City, MO.

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Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 2:00pm

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.

April's Selection:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Appropriate for all ages.

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Come to the North East Book Group each month to share your passion for books and join in on riveting book discussions

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word and how to create letters and professional looking documents using this word processing program. Click here to register.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Describes a perfect world from a child's point of view,including no bedtimes, no baths, pets of all kinds, tree houses in every yard, and play for everyone.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00pm

Oh My Teen discusses City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster. Oh My Teen book group is a program for teens that meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Trails West branch. Copies are available for request or checkout at the branch library.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This group will discuss books and work on quilting projects. Beginners are welcome!

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:30pm

The image still haunts: desperate refugees on a Saigon rooftop, snaking up a ladder to a waiting helicopter and escape from the North Vietnamese on April 30, 1975. The Vietnam War was over.

Observing the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, James H. Willbanks of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the decisions and events that precipitated the South Vietnam's final collapse. Director of the college’s department of military history, Willbanks discusses the Paris Peace Accords two years earlier, the “cease-fire war,” Richard Nixon’s resignation, the impact of declining U.S. support, and North Vietnam’s end-game offensive in 1975.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:30am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:30pm

For Abraham Lincoln, the road to the future always began in the past – with the Founding Fathers, who inspired him to take up public life, showed him how to win arguments, and laid out his nation’s principles.

On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, historian Richard Brookhiser delivers an illuminating new look at our 16th and arguably greatest president.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Please join us as we enjoy a movie on our big screen.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday and works on all kinds of needlework projects (knitting, rug hooking, crochet, applique, needlepoint, embroidery, etc.) No instruction is provided. Just bring a project and have fun!

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:30pm

Sifting through the stacks of her local library in Hamburg, Germany, Jennifer Teege happened upon a book that first fascinated and then staggered her. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother, she made the horrifying discovery that her grandfather was Amon Goeth – the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List.

The more Teege read, the more certain she became: If Goeth had met her, a German-Nigerian black woman, he would have killed her.

Teege, who was given up by her mother when very young, sits down with the Library’s Kaite Stover during National Library Week for a public conversation about the revelation and Teege’s subsequent quest to unearth and fully comprehend her family’s haunted history. She chronicles the story in her book with award-winning journalist Nikola Sellmair.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Do you have questions about how to use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, E-Reader or other mobile technologies? Want to know more about Overdrive, Hoopla, or other library e-resources? Bring your device to our Open Lab and ask the expert!

15 minute time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vault Level Multipurpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email techclasses@kclibrary.org

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy some of your favorite online and board games at the Ruiz Branch on the third Friday of each month. Join your pals for a friendly game of LIFE, SORRY, Apples to Apples, or any other game in our collection. The computers will be available for online games as well.

For ages 12-18, and a parental permission form must be signed.

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:30pm

Guided by artists from the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program, young participants take inspiration from children’s books and literature to find the dancer in them at this National Library Week event. Appropriate for all ages.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Sign up for a free e-mail account and follow along with this tutorial that teaches the ins and outs of sending and receiving email, as well as how to organize your messages.

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 1:30pm

Celebrate April Fool’s Day throughout the entire month of April with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools … from Steve Martin’s Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk to Nicolas Cage’s Herbert I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona. You’d be a fool to miss it.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 2:00pm

It’s a baseball movie, yes. But Field of Dreams is much more, a blend of fairy tale, family, and the national pastime that has remained a national treasure since its release in 1989.

Kansas City FilmFest screens the Academy Award nominee for best picture, starring Kevin Costner. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 2:00pm

Kansas mills, located literally in the breadbasket of America, produced an enormous quantity of flour in an era when women routinely baked their families’ bread at home. Mill owners used cotton flour sacks as advertising tools to proudly display their names, locations, and unique brands, as well as to catch the consumer’s eye. The empty sack also served as a needed piece of fabric during the Depression.

Avid collector Nancy Jo Leachman, a longtime reference librarian at the Salina Public Library, has accumulated more than 100 vintage flour sacks from the 1920s-1940s, representing more than 30 Kansas counties. Her illustrated lecture of the best and most colorful—nothing “run-of-the-mill” here—reveals how each sack carries a fascinating story, be it advancing nutritional information, expressing political views, or reflecting popular culture.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Meet with neighbors to discuss and resolve local issues. Open to the public.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn how to create professional looking slide show presentations. Click here to register.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Duck and Cat discover that being yourself makes for being the best of friends.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:00pm

Teen readers discuss The Unwritten, vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey. Graphic Fiction Readers is a book group for teens that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Trails West branch. Copies of the selection are available for checkout at the branch library.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:30pm

LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s debut novel—about a black female journalist escaping the early-1900s Jim Crow laws of the South and fighting injustice in Kansas City through her African American newspaper—has drawn praise from the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine, among other publications.

The Kansas City-born author sits down with journalist Eric Wesson of the city’s own landmark African-American newspaper, The Call, for a public conversation about the elegantly written work of historical fiction, which gains resonance from today’s social discontent. Events in Jam on the Vine lead up to and include the Red Summer of 1919, when race riots broke out in a number of American cities.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:30am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Drop by at 4 p.m.to make unique art and fun crafts out of recycled materials in honor of Earth Day! For kids and teens.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

In Honor of National Poetry Month in April, The Kansas City Public Library is hosting a poetry night with performances by Rob Love, Angela Roux, and Natasha Ria El-Scari.

A night of snaps and stanzas, come listen to featured poets and enjoy an open mic.

Refreshments. Parking is Free!

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:30pm

Aristocratic and sophisticated, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, the wife of Theodore Roosevelt, ran the White House with a sure hand and figured prominently in how the institution of the first lady developed during the 20th century. But her reputation as a secular saint is misleading, says historian Lewis L. Gould, who points among other things to her virulent racism.

Gould, the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the complex subject of his book Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady.

The presentation is part of the Beyond the Gowns series, made possible by grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday and works on all kinds of needlework projects (knitting, rug hooking, crochet, applique, needlepoint, embroidery, etc.) No instruction is provided. Just bring a project and have fun!

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:00pm

Compete against other teens on the Wii to duel on Super Smash Brawl, Mario Party, Mario Kart, and other Wii games. We'll also have an Xbox 360 system and board games available for when you're waiting for your turn. All game systems will be simultaneously in play until approximately 6:00 pm.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Come celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at the library! We will be doing fun and educational crafts to learn about plants, pollution, and more!

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

This class on the fundamentals of Microsoft Word focuses on templates as well as the various menu options.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 1:30pm

Kids Team up for Art! Local professional artists will team up with young artists to create a work of art to be displayed at our branch. Participation is FREE!! Kids 6-12 are welcome to attend.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 1:30pm

Celebrate April Fool’s Day throughout the entire month of April with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools … from Steve Martin’s Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk to Nicolas Cage’s Herbert I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona. You’d be a fool to miss it.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Heaven Is For Real starring Greg Kinnear and Thomas Hayden Church. Based on the best-selling book by Todd Burpo.

The true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. He recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn more about getting around on your computer in this class, which will offer insights into hardware and software components and their uses. Click here to register.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

This photo-illustrated book for early readers explains the parts of police cars and how they help police officers do their jobs.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:00pm

Looking to volunteer at your library? Stop by and find out the many ways you can participate to gain the volunteer hours you might need to graduate. We'll collaborate together to plan teen events at the library. Meetings are approximately 1 hour 15 min in length.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:30pm

The ranch house became an integral part of the vocabulary of the U.S. housing market after World War II, when the demand for a single-family home reached record levels.

Today, there is a resurgence of interest in this modernistic, uniquely American architectural creation and a new generation of homebuyers is discovering its allure. Mary van Balgooy, a leading authority on the ranch house and biographer of influential architect and ranch house pioneer Cliff May, discusses the legendary builder, the ranch home’s influences and features, and the race to preserve it.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:30am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:30pm

Granted, there are creative lone wolves out there. But history and social psychology tell us that success stems far more often from one-to-one collaboration. Think John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk sits down with native Kansan and former colleague Robert Day to discuss the elements and impact of creative chemistry and Shenk’s new, science-backed book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.

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Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday and works on all kinds of needlework projects (knitting, rug hooking, crochet, applique, needlepoint, embroidery, etc.) No instruction is provided. Just bring a project and have fun!

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:30pm

Stanford University’s Eric Hanushek puts the value of quality teaching in stark economic terms. Place even a slightly above-average teacher in front of a class of 20, and the resultant gain is more than $400,000 in future earnings over the earnings of students exposed to an average teacher. Replacing the bottom 5 to 8 percent of teachers with average instructors, he says, could lift the U.S. near the top of international math and science rankings.

Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, discusses the economic value of effective teachers and the assertion that their impact is sufficiently large to make significant changes in how we evaluate and reward them.

Co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.