Events: anytime, any location, all ages

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.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Everyone has a reason to kill Lady Katheter DeVane, but only one guest at William Sheepsheare’s Twelfth Night party could have done it. Take on one of the many comic roles (no acting experience necessary) for an afternoon of murder, mayhem, quips, and quotes in high Shakespearean style.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Area high school students bring Shakespeare to life, lending their own interpretations of his monologues and sonnets as they compete for a berth in the national competition in New York City.

The 32nd annual event, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union, is designed to develop students’ speaking and critical thinking skills as they explore Shakespeare. It features the winners of preliminary competitions at KC-area high schools, plus a contest for home-schooled students. Local champions twice have gone on to win in New York, where the national event – this year tentatively scheduled for May 1-3 – is held in the Lincoln Center.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III spotlights two of the Midwest’s greatest artists, Kansas City’s Thomas Hart Benton and Iowan Grant Wood, painter of the iconic American Gothic.

Kemper, the Library’s director, holds a public conversation with Benton and Wood as respectively portrayed by veteran actor Robert Gibby Brand and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s Matt Rapport. The event is co-presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in conjunction with its production of The Elixir of Love later in March. Taking inspiration from Benton for its costumes, and from Wood for scenery, the Lyric resets Gaetano Donizetti’s sentimental comedy in early 20th-century America.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Everyone has a reason to kill Lady Katheter DeVane, but only one guest at William Sheepsheare’s Twelfth Night party could have done it. Take on one of the many comic roles (no acting experience necessary) for an afternoon of murder, mayhem, quips, and quotes in high Shakespearean style.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Everyone has a reason to kill Lady Katheter DeVane, but only one guest at William Sheepsheare’s Twelfth Night party could have done it. Take on one of the many comic roles (no acting experience necessary) for an afternoon of murder, mayhem, quips, and quotes in high Shakespearean style.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Library continues its 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances and more than six months of special programming surrounding one of the cultural events of the year – an exhibit featuring a rare, nearly four-centuries-old First Folio collection of Shakespeare’s plays.

These two comedies by American playwright Charles George reflect on the notions of love and romance through witty repartee, puns, and direct references to the Bard’s folio.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday, March 12th, 2016
2:00pm @ Westport Branch
The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.

Title of Talk: Midtown Kansas City's Historic Neighborhoods

Speaker: Mary Jo Draper

Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from Midtown resident Mary Jo Draper, who has written extensively about the history of Midtown neighborhoods and current issues affecting the area.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Library, in partnership with American Public Square, launches a series of discussions of polarizing local issues – minus the incivility and insults that all too often feed polarity.

Third-grade reading proficiency is a major factor in determining youngsters’ future success. What’s being done — and what more needs to be done — to insure that local schools are helping their students make the grade?

Co-presented by American Public Square.


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