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

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 30, 2015
8:00am @ Plaza Branch

Register online or at 816.701.3585.

FREE PARKING is available in the adjacent Library garage.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Missouri in-service training clock hours will be granted for attending the Early Literacy Symposium.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

Did you know that clothes pins are not just for hanging clothes? They can also be used to make fun crafts! Drop by 1pm at Central Branch as we color, glue, draw, and create some fun new creations out of these traditional fasteners!

Parking is FREE!


Saturday, May 30, 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 30, 2015

Join us as we take a look at the oils given to the Christ child on his birth as well as many other oils used in ancient times. Learn of the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We'll learn how oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Hyssop, Spikenard, and many others were used for spiritual and physical healing during ancient times and how these oils may still be used today. 
Camille Seever, Young Living
No registration is required
Call 816-701-3483
No oils will be sold at this program


Saturday, May 30, 2015
6:00pm @ Plaza Branch

End-of-the-Year Celebration: Hogwarts House Cup Award Ceremony Program: 6-11 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Enjoy food and fun at this magical event presented by the KC Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance and Plaza Branch Teen Services. Awards go to the House with the most points from the school year.

Transportation to the event is available at our North East, Central, Bluford, Trails West, and Southeast Libraries with a completed permission slip!


Monday, June 1, 2015

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