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

Friday, May 13, 2016

Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Join us every morning Monday through Saturday at 8:30 to walk in a safe environment.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Join Matt Bunch, a horticulturist from The Giving Grove, who will discuss all the wonderful fruit tree and berry bush options available to Midwestern gardeners and how to care for them including:

* Selecting fruit trees and berry bushes
* How and where to plant fruit trees and berry bushes
* Long-term maintenance (including pruning) of fruit trees and berry bushes
* The importance of fruit trees and berry bushes

Admission is FREE.

To register, call Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565, or go to:

Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00am @ Westport Branch

Are you ready to write the novel that's been tumbling around in your head for months or even years? Join local author Jennifer McKeithen at the Westport Branch Library to learn how to find ideas and inspiration, create compelling characters, plan your way from a fabulous beginning to that sensational ending, and push your way through writer's block!

Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

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

Title of Talk: Alexander Majors & the Course of the Nation

Speaker: Gary Hicks

Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from Mr. Gary Hicks in a portrayal of Alexander Jackson Majors (1814-1900).

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