All Events & Activities: anytime, any location, all ages

Saturday, June 11, 2011
(All day) @ Central Library

Hixon transformed the field of portrait photography in Kansas City and the surrounding region during a career that spanned more than seven decades. His studios—the first in the Brady Building at 11th and Main Streets, and the second just one block west in the Baltimore Hotel—welcomed thousands of patrons throughout the 1910s and 1920s.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

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.


Saturday, September 6, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.


Saturday, September 13, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Find your voice. Share your voice. Create your own story. Design a website or a game. Produce a podcast or a web series. Create! Create! Create! Open to youth ages 13-18. Facebook.com/kcdml, @KCDML.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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. In September we'll continue developing our plans for the haunted maze as well as our project designs for the Halloween parade in Independence.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Join the library and the American Association of University Women on the fourth Tuesday of each month as they host discussions of noteworthy books. September's selection is "Facades" by Eric Lundgren.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and speaking. No fee or books required.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yes, there’s gridlock in Washington. There’s polarization and self-interest. But beyond those breakdowns, Philip K. Howard points to what he says is a deeper and more destructive hindrance to good government: The system itself is broken. Rules leave no room for common sense. Leaders lack the authority, or responsibility, to lead.

Howard, a New York lawyer and founder of the nonpartisan coalition Common Good, which advocates an overhaul of government and the courts, discusses his new book, The Rule of Nobody, in which he argues for a return to the framers’ vision of public law – simply setting goals and boundaries, not dictating daily choices. Leaders, Howard says, should ask, “What’s the right thing to do?” not “What does the rule book say?”

Co-presented by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ESL (English as a Second Language)
Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.
Central Library’s ESL classes are small, with excellent one-on-one
help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math, and
American life. Classes are free, and parking is free for ESL students.
Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.