Movies: anytime, any location, all ages

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America in presenting a series of screenings of four memorable films adapted from books by African American authors. Funding provided by the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.


Friday, February 19, 2016
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Directed by Stanley Kramer ("Inherit the Wind", "The Defiant Ones"), "On the Beach" presents a post apocalyptic world after a nuclear war with the only survivors being the crew of a submarine. Each member is faced with the decision of what they want to do in a world without loved ones and a bleak future. Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. 1959


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the A Winter’s Tale Spin Suggested Readings list. Discussions immediately follow film presentations.

These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 816.701.3683 or email kaitestover@kclibrary.org.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

West Side Story - Starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno

The greatest story ever told in the most acclaimed musical of all time! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story. This electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York.

This 1961 musical drama runs 153 minutes and is unrated.

Come join us in the Ruiz meeting room for a great movie and light refreshments.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

But, soft! What light through yonder film projector breaks? Be sure to check out these Hollywood interpretations of Shakespeare’s prose each Saturday in February.

Was Shakespeare really Shakespeare? Are the plays the timeless works of a barely schooled actor or a highly educated nobleman with ties to the Elizabethan court?


Sunday, February 21, 2016

The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with psychological studies of films starring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. A discussion follows each screening.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Cunningham, this film focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are connected by the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway. Streep plays Clarissa, a New Yorker preparing a party for her AIDS-stricken friend in 2001. Julianne Moore is Laura, a pregnant, California housewife with a young son and an unhappy marriage in the 1950s. And Nicole Kidman is Woolf, in England, struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel in the 1920s.

Post-screening discussion led by psychoanalyst David Donovan and Julie Farstad, associate professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America in presenting a series of screenings of four memorable films adapted from books by African American authors. Funding provided by the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the A Winter’s Tale Spin Suggested Readings list. Discussions immediately follow film presentations.

These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 816.701.3683 or email kaitestover@kclibrary.org.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

But, soft! What light through yonder film projector breaks? Be sure to check out these Hollywood interpretations of Shakespeare’s prose each Saturday in February.

Cole Porter’s lively musical retelling of The Taming of the Shrew revolves around a bickering divorced couple still in love with each other, two impoverished lovers trying to make enough money to marry, and a pair of gangsters who refuse to leave the stage until they collect on a gambling debt.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

In conjunction with its Shakespeare-themed 2016 Adult Winter Reading Program and the forthcoming special exhibit, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, the Library screens four films spotlighting the Bard’s works. All feature the great Kenneth Branagh as director, star, or both.This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


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