Events

February 2015

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 1:30pm

Starting in February yoga classes begin again! Once a month our new yoga instructor will lead a class that will work well with the beginner and the seasoned alike. Bring a yoga mat and join in.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 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.

February's Selection:
Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric A. Kimmel

Appropriate for all ages.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 2:00pm

Nobody knows more about the four-legged star of Groundhog Day than Kenneth Armitage.

An emeritus professor of behavioral ecology at the University of Kansas, Armitage has studied marmots — whose family tree includes the groundhog — for some 50 years. So great is his reputation that Sony turned to him when it released a 15th-anniversary edition of the movie Groundhog Day in 2008, enlisting the master of the marmot to talk on camera about the mammal’s “real life” for a DVD extra.

Armitage visits the Library on the eve of the nation’s observance of Groundhog Day to discuss the cultural influences of this unique celebration and offer insight into the marmot itself. His presentation coincides with the publication of a new book based upon Armitage’s decades of research, Marmot Biology: Sociality, Individual Fitness, and Population Dynamics.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 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, 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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/02/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:00pm

Join our popular mystery book club as we discuss "Defending Jacob" by William Landay.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/03/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word and how to create letters and professional looking documents using this word processing program. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 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, 02/03/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Simple text and photographs presents the life of aviator Bessie Coleman.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 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, 02/03/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 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, 02/03/2015 - 10:00am

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

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Drop by between 5 - 7 p.m. to help create a Black History Month mural that will be on display at the North-East Branch library. For kids and teens.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Diana Ross earned an Oscar nomination for best actress for her portrayal of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, based loosely on Holiday’s 1956 autobiography. 144 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Discussion leader: Adrienne Walker Hoard, director of the Black Studies Program and professor of art, UMKC.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/04/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:30pm

Bill Zahner made a tough call shortly after taking charge of the family business in the late 1970s, shifting the focus of the A. Zahner Co. from siding and deck work to metal fabrication.

He shaped an architectural powerhouse whose work now adorns skyscrapers, museums, and artwork around the world. Among its current projects is construction of the facade for an elaborate, $130 million aquarium scheduled to open this year in Fortaleza, Brazil. Locally, the company created the distinctive “sky station” sculptures atop Bartle Hall and the corkscrewing, stainless steel spire on the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints Temple in Independence.

Zahner sits down for a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III in the latest installment of the Library's Kansas City: Cradle of Entrepreneurs series.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/05/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 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, 02/05/2015 - 4:00pm

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

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This month, as part of the Winter Reading Program, the Ruiz Readers Book Group will be discussing Radioactive by Lauren Redniss, a tale of love and fallout.

Join us to discuss Radioactive or your favorite book.

For further information, contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Detectives “Gravedigger” Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) and “Coffin Ed” Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) investigate a wayward reverend in this Blaxploitation prototype directed by Ossie Davis. Taken from Chester Himes’ 1965 novel. 97 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Discussion leader: Delia Cook Gillis, director of the Center for Africana Studies and professor of history, University of Central Missouri.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:30pm

Even before Kansas became a state, Kansans wanted a university. What no one knew in territorial days or in the earliest years of statehood — or even after the University of Kansas opened for classes — was how big and how good it might become. In KU’s first semester, 55 students enrolled but the faculty of three found not one prepared for college work.

The university would grow into a vast and intricate educational machine that in the 21st century counts more than 27,000 students and 1,600 faculty members across multiple campuses. Former Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times editor Monroe Dodd, who has written a new coffee table book for Kansas City Star Books that commemorates the school’s sesquicentennial, discusses the often difficult, 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/06/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 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!

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 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!
Vault Multi-purpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email techclasses@kclibrary.org

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:00pm

This month's offering is the chilling film "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock.
The terror of unexplained bird attacks rocks the coastal town of Bodega Bay. Starring Tippi Hedron and Rod Taylor. You may never feel the same about bird flocks...

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 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, 02/06/2015 - 6:30pm

Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/07/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:30am - 1:00pm

Can you believe it’s already time to plan that spring garden?

Well, it is, and Tina Wurth from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is ready to help you get started in the Ruiz Seed Library workshop, Spring Into Gardening.

She’ll cover gardening planning and basics, heavily focusing on cold crops such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and herbs, and the workshop even includes a trip to Switzer Farm (across from the Ruiz Library) for some hands-on guidance and instruction.

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost.

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, 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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 1:30pm

The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with screenings of movies starring the late Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A discussion featuring experts in cinema and psychoanalysis follows each screening.

Meryl Streep is an old-school nun and parochial academy principal who believes that Hoffman's parish priest has entered into an improper relationship with a student. The post-screening discussion is led by psychoanalyst Alice Brand Bartlett and Melissa Lenos, assistant professor of English at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 2:00pm

Richard L. Berkley once said, “I like meeting people.” Before, during, and after his record three-term tenure as Kansas City’s mayor — from 1979 to 1991 — he met hundreds of political leaders, entertainers, sports stars, and other celebrities. Most times, he asked to take their pictures. Berkley’s personal collection ranges from images of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to shots of Bo Jackson, George Brett, Annie Liebovitz, and Joanne Woodward.

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 2:00pm

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

Based on Terry McMillan’s novel, Waiting to Exhale celebrates the friendship of four very different African-American women as they support each other through the trials and tribulations of relationships, careers, and family life. With Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Directed by Forest Whitaker. 124 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Drop by between 4 - 6 p.m. to make creative Valentines! For kids 5-12.

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/10/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Got questions? Need one-on-one assistance? Want to know how to check out a library ebook, or learn what other online resources the library has? Bring your own device and stop by!. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 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, 02/10/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

This fact-filled Rookie Biography, introduces the youngest readers to George Washington Carver-a man who beat the odds to become a top agricultural scientist. Carver struggled to overcome racism and used his success to better the lives of poor farmers.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 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, 02/10/2015 - 10:00am

Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

What began as a spiritual has developed into one of America's best-known songs, sung at churches, schools, and campgrounds the country over.
Through sublime landscapes and warm images of a boy and his family, Nelson has created a dazzling, intimate interpretation of the song, one that rejoices in the connectedness of people and nature.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 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, 02/10/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for reading, singing and crafts to celebrate Valentine's Day early.

Parking Is Free!

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Lawrence Cook joins the CIA but is merely the agency’s token black. Disillusioned, he drops out and uses his training to plot a new American Revolution. Taken from the 1969 novel by Sam Greenlee. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/11/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:30am

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

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 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, 02/11/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 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, 02/11/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 6:30pm

Even as they were laying the framework for a new country, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many of America’s other Founding Fathers were tending to another vital duty. They were raising families.

Saint Louis University history professor Lorri Glover discusses her new book, the first to explore how the Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions. Focusing on Washington, Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry, she describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by 19th-century descendants.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 6:30pm

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

Director Neil LaBute’s adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s novel tells the story of a pair of literary sleuths as they unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. 102 minutes, Rated PG-13.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/12/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 9:30am

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

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

Please join us as we enjoy a variety of games and share fun and good times!

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

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

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 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, 02/12/2015 - 5:00pm

Oh My Teen discusses Eye of Minds by James Dashner. 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.

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:30pm

Urban League of Greater Kansas City President Gwendolyn Grant hosts a discussion of data from the 2015 State of Black Kansas City. The event features remarks by authors and other individuals who contributed to the 2015 report.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/13/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

This Month's Movie: Her (2014)

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn about the powerful free software and online storage available with any Gmail / Google account. If you do not currently have an account, information on getting an account will be given. As an added bonus information about a free online voice-mail service will also be provided. Call 701-3449 or click here to register.

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 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, 02/13/2015 - 6:30pm

Computers are everywhere, yet only one in 10 schools offers computer programming classes. Youth can get a taste here, joining in an encore session of Hour of Code events. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices, though Library devices are available to share. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/14/2015 - 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, 02/14/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost.

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

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 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: The Threat on Kaw Point (Kansas City) to the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Speaker: Dan Sturdevant

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 2:00pm

The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, kicks off a series of Love Stories with the intimate, two-character play Love Letters.

A.R. Gurney’s poignant piece chronicles the 50-year relationship between a man and a woman — first as children, then as lovers, and finally as friends — through letters they exchanged during their lives and now read on stage. Premiering in 1988, the play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/17/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 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. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 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, 02/17/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Simple text and photographs present the life of Mae Jemison.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 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, 02/17/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

The Beatitudes form the backdrop for Weatherford's free verse poem that traces the African American journey from slavery to civil rights.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 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, 02/17/2015 - 4:00pm

Teen readers discuss Attack on Titan, vol. 1 by Hajima Isayama. 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.

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence and who devour human beings. A small percentage of humanity survived barricading themselves in a city protected by walls even taller than the biggest of giants.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:00pm

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Spike Lee co-wrote, produced, and directed this critically acclaimed study of the African American activist, drawing from Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X. Denzel Washington was Oscar-nominated for his performance in the title role. Rated PG-13, 202 minutes.

Discussion leader: Veronica Wilson-Tagoe, teaching professor of black studies, UMKC.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/18/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:30am

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

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 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, 02/18/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 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, 02/18/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:30pm

Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members who will direct the city for the next four years. What are the talking points? The priorities?

Continuing the second season of Citizens Project forums, City Manager Troy Schulte and Finance Director Randy Landes join a discussion of the issues the candidates ought to be addressing. Also on the panel is Alfred Tat-Kei Ho, a University of Kansas professor specializing in public budgeting and performance management. KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/19/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:00am

Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 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, 02/19/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Denzel Washington’s Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, an employed World War II veteran, becomes a private detective and finds himself entangled in murder, corruption, and the Los Angeles underworld. From the 1995 novel by Walter Mosely. 102 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Discussion leader: Adrienne Walker Hoard, director of the Black Studies Program and professor of art, UMKC.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:30pm

Kyle Gann is one of the foremost experts on American music today, having spent almost two decades as the new-music critic for the Village Voice, teaching music theory, history, and competition at New York’s Bard College since 1997, and composing more than 100 of his own works.

He draws from his latest book — which Gann terms “the greatest achievement of my life” — in a discussion of Charles Ives’ masterful Concord Sonata. First published in 1919 and revised by Ives in 1947, the innovative piece is a musical portrait of four renowned, transcendentalist authors who lived in Concord, Massachusetts, in the 19th century: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott (and her father Amos Bronson Alcott), and Henry David Thoreau.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:30pm

This month's book is "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" by Marina Lewycka. Join us as we explore other cultures through literature.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/20/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 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!
Vault Multi-purpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email techclasses@kclibrary.org

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 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, 02/20/2015 - 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, 02/20/2015 - 6:30pm

This year’s winners of the 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest are recognized at a reception sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Johnson County Library, and Reading Reptile.

The contest is open to youth ages 5-12, with entries ranging from poems to essays to short stories. Appropriate for all ages.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/21/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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, 02/21/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

This event is at capacity and RSVPs are now closed.

You are invited to celebrate the launch of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Long Haul!!

• Watch the book trailer
• Read an excerpt
• Play Wimpy Kid games
• Participate in activities and fun crafts

Snacks and refreshments provided! Parking is free!

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost.

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, 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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 1:30pm

The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with screenings of movies starring the late Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A discussion featuring experts in cinema and psychoanalysis follows each screening.

In his last starring role before his death, Hoffman portrays a worn German espionage agent who works with an array of murky characters to develop intelligence from the Muslim community in Hamburg. The post-screening discussion is led by psychoanalyst Joanne Hindman and Tom Poe, associate professor of film and media arts in UMKC's Department of Communications Studies. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 2:00pm

Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and friends in an afternoon of stories and songs about “love gone wrong,” part of the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program themed Love on the Rocks. The annual, two-month event spotlights books about broken hearts, bad romances, and the unfortunate reality that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.

Norcott-Mahany, a senior technical assistant at the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch, is accompanied by a cast of local actors and entertainers in staging scenes of ill-fated romance from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Homer’s Odyssey, James Thurber’s short story “A Couple of Hamburgers,” and other familiar works. Mournful ballads and classic, lovelorn blues songs intersperse the performances.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/24/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you. This class focuses on the basics of online navigation and searching. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 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, 02/24/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Black is big like a star-filled sky and tiny like the sparkle in my daddy's eye. Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It's the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and a mother's voice as her daughter falls asleep.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 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, 02/24/2015 - 10:00am

Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 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, 02/24/2015 - 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, 02/24/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Halle Berry gives a towering performance in this made-for-television adaptation of Zora Neal Hurston’s classic novel about a free-spirited woman and her search for happiness amid several marriages and the challenges of small-town morals. Made for TV, 113 minutes.

Discussion leader: Veronica Wilson-Tagoe, teaching professor of black studies, UMKC.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/25/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:30am

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

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 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, 02/25/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 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, 02/25/2015 - 5:00pm

Take advantage of a free way to complete your high school requirements. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 816-418-7150 to register. Sponsored by the Kansas City School District.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:30pm

The latest installment of the Library’s Emmy Award-winning series, Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, spotlights one of the preeminent figures in 20th century African American literature, Zora Neale Hurston.

Kemper, the Library’s director, holds a public conversation with Hurston as portrayed by longtime Johnson County Community College professor Carmaletta Williams. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/26/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 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, 02/26/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Drop by between 4 - 6 p.m. to make fun crafts! For kids ages 5-12

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 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.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:30pm

Harry S. Truman’s relationship with Canada has received limited attention from historians. But the 33rd president’s appreciation for our “good neighbor to the north” resulted in significant political and economic advances on both sides of the border while fostering an alliance that underpinned America’s global engagement.

Approaching the 70th anniversary of Truman’s move into the White House in April 1945, Roy Norton — the new Canadian consul general to Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin — discusses key elements from the period 1945-53 that saw Canada attain its ongoing status as America’s best customer and closest ally.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:30pm

Kansas City novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell sits down with author Elizabeth Gaffney for a public conversation about her new book and the New York-based literary magazine A Public Space, for which she is editor-at-large.

When the World Was Young, her second novel, follows the country’s changing physical and emotional landscape after World War II through the eyes and experiences of a girl growing up in the author’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Joining Gaffney and Terrell is April Wolfe, one of three inaugural winners of Emerging Writer Fellowships from A Public Place (and once a former semipro wrestler). She discusses her work in fiction and poetry and role in writing and directing two short films.

The event is co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the UMKC English Department.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/27/2015 - 9:00am

In class you will learn basic English language skills: reading, writing and speaking for every day living. No fees or books required.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:00pm

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

In a forgotten Mexico, Tita and Pedro fall in love but are forbidden to marry. When Tita is forced to make Pedro’s wedding cake, the guests at the wedding are overcome with sadness, and Tita discovers she can do strange things with her cooking. 105 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:00pm

Have a mobile device and don’t know what to do with it? This class will introduce you to the basics of applications. Different categories will be covered. Feel free to bring your device. Call 701-3449 or click here to register.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 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, 02/27/2015 - 6:30pm

Celebrate the Irish in everyone with a performance by Kansas City’s O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance. The academy has offered a wide range of classes for both children and adults of all levels and backgrounds for more than 20 years. Appropriate for all ages.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 02/28/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:00pm

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. Join us as we enjoy Dr. Seuss inspired games, crafts, and more!

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost.

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

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: At the request of spelling bee organizers, the start time for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee championship has been changed to 1:30 p.m.

Last year’s Jackson County Spelling bee delivered an unforgettable duel between two finalists — one a fifth-grader, the other a seventh-grader — that stretched into overtime, lasting 95 rounds and attracting worldwide attention.

An expanded bee is back. This year’s contest included qualifiers from 102 schools in both Jackson and Clay counties who went through division competition earlier in the month. Those still standing now contend for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee championship, with a single winner advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

The bee is presented in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and Local Investment Commission (LINC), and is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School Personnel.

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Music Never Stopped - starring J.K. Simmons and Julia Ormond.