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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the shadow of the Civil War, a circle of radicals in a rowdy New York tavern altered American society and helped set Walt Whitman on the path to poetic immortality.

Author Justin Martin discusses his book, Rebel Souls, the first ever written about the colorful band of artists who hung out at Manhattan’s Pfaff’s saloon and were considered the country’s original Bohemians. Besides a young Whitman, they included actor Edwin Booth; trailblazing standup comic Charles Farrar Browne; author and psychedelic drug pioneer Fitz Hugh Ludlow; and actress, painter, and poet Adah Menken.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

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 all ESL students. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Thursday, October 23, 2014
9:30am @ Plaza Branch

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

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


Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday except for the 5th Thursday of the month 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, October 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.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

In 1864, Confederate Gen. Sterling Price mounted a last-gasp raid into Missouri in hopes of capturing St. Louis and ultimately the state. The end of the line, for all practical purposes, was Westport, where Price’s army – after passing up St. Louis and then failing to take Jefferson City – absorbed a decisive defeat and began its retreat.

On the 150th anniversary of the October 23, 1864, Battle of Westport, military historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth explains how the encounter ended the conventional Confederate military presence in Missouri. He also examines the worst aspects of the guerrilla war that plagued the state from 1861-64.


Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:30pm @ Waldo Branch

Take a trip around the world as we explore authors from countries outside the U.S., translated into English. This month's selection is "Garden of Evening Mists" by Tan Twan Eng.