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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

All of the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015
10:00am @ Westport Branch

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.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The relationship is clear: The more books a family owns, the greater the educational gains are for children.

Mariah Evans, a sociologist at the University of Nevada-Reno, headed a 20-year, worldwide study that found “the presence of books in the home” to be the top predictor of whether a child will attain a high level of education – more significant than parents’ education, occupation, or class. On average, kids growing up amid an abundance of books get three more years of schooling than those from bookless homes.

Evans examines those findings and sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation on the issue.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Check out the NEW Teen Book Club at Westport! We are reading great new books and a few old favorites. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in the Westport Branch Library meeting at 4:30pm. Copies of the book club selection are available at the front desk.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Come in and play your favorite Wii games and board games with other adults.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

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!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Kansas City Call and its longtime editor and publisher, Lucile Bluford, epitomized the role of the African American press in the civil rights movement. The newspaper advocated forcefully for the political and economic interests of its readers, forging relationships with such key organizations as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Beneath outward displays of unity, however, were internal disagreements between the press and activist groups about what direction the fight for equality would take and, often, who should be its voice. Earnest L. Perry Jr., an associate professor of journalism at the University of Missouri, examines that struggle, what it entailed for Bluford and The Call, and the implications for today’s social justice movement.