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

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

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.


Saturday, March 21, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

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.


Saturday, March 28, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

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.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

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


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Swing by Central Every Saturday this Summer for CRAFTS@CENTRAL!

In honor of STAR WARS DAY, stop by the Central Branch for Star Wars themed arts & crafts! Design your own R2-D2, make an origami Yoda, or bring finger puppet Ewok's to life! The choice is yours and may the force be with you!

Parking is FREE!


Saturday, May 23, 2015
1:30pm @ Waldo Branch

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.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Essential oils can be used to treat our pets as well.
If you would like to learn more on how to avoid using toxic products and chemicals with your pets join guest speakers Merrie Olmsted and Jane Pleggenkuhle-Schmidtke of Young Living to learn more.
No registration is required
Call 816-701-3483 for more information
No oils will be sold at this program


Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Ghost Writer - starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnon and Kim Cattrall.

When a gifted ghostwriter is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue. Lang is implicated in a scandal over his administration's harsh tactics, and as the ghostwriter digs into the politician's past, he discovers secrets that threaten to jeopardize international relations forever.