Events: anytime, any location, all ages

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The political gulf between them may have been wide, but conservative icon William F. Buckley and the left-wing Norman Mailer cut remarkably parallel tracks through the 1960s. Both wrote best-selling first books (Buckley’s God and Man at Yale and Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead). Both founded important periodicals (National Review and The Village Voice, respectively). Both ran for mayor of New York.

They argued publicly about every major issue of the decade—the counterculture, Vietnam, feminism, civil rights, the Cold War—but behind the scenes were friends and confidantes.

University of Illinois at Chicago historian Kevin M. Schultz discusses his revealing new book about two towering figures who served as the Sixties’ ideological bookends.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Best-selling author and screenwriter Chris Enss—born and raised in Norborne, Missouri—specializes in stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West, a passion she shares with fellow award-winning writers Bill Markley, Monty McCord, and Sherry Monahan.

Led by Enss, the four writers discuss their latest works and share their stories of the Old West on the first stop of their Most Intrepid Western Authors Posse tour of the Midwest.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tommy Terrific takes the stage after Uncle Fumpernutter fails to appear for the magic show. Alas, Tommy's never done magic before, but with the help of the kids and the Magician's Handbook, something terrific happens.

Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Author Jack Cashill discusses his new book, Scarlet Letters: The Ever Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism and documents what he calls an unfortunate mutation in America's liberal tradition, namely the unholy rise of neo-puritanism.

Cashill argues that progressive neo-puritans show less interest in celebrating the many colors of the multicultural rainbow than they do in condemning those who resist the celebration. The accusers insist, he says, that resistance is born out of hatred – of blacks, of gays, of immigrants, of Muslims, of women, of poor people, even, yes, of mother earth. “Hate” stands as the umbrella sin for all dissenters.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kansas City-born kid rocker Jim Cosgrove, one of America’s leading family entertainers, infuses his high-energy show with a message that resonates with everyone: Hang onto the wonder of youth and love yourself, your neighbor, and the earth. Appropriate for all ages.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wrap up the summer with a performance by one of America’s leading family entertainers, Kansas City-born kid rocker Jim Cosgrove, whose high-energy, interactive style resonates with young and old.

Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact, or call 816.701.3468.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mike Yeates and Andrew Mackey explain how they took an all-but-forgotten home and made it the office site of their business, The Real Estate Store. The home (9550 NE Cookingham Dr) is possibly the oldest in the Kansas City area and a rare early example of Greek Revival architecture in the Midwest.

The 2015 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

There are many myths and legends that come out of our presidential campaigns. None are more persistent, and adopted wholesale by virtually all observers, than the one that argues that neither Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, nor Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson—who would square off against each other in the presidential election of 1952—wanted to run, but were talked into running by supporters who were acting against the expressed wishes of the two men.

Noted presidential scholar John Robert Greene examines “The Tale of the Final Drafts”—the supposed last genuine drafts of presidential candidates to this point in our history—in a wide-ranging re-interpretation of the 1952 campaign. Greene, author of what is to date the only book-length study of the election (now being updated for the University Press of Kansas), is the Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia College. Among his many books are Betty Ford, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford, The Limits of Power: The Nixon and Ford Administrations, and America in the Sixties. He has appeared as a commentator in such television documentaries as Betty Ford, American Experience: George W. Bush, and To the Best of My Ability: The American Presidency.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

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

Title of Talk: Thomas Johnson's Story and the History of Fairway, KS

Speaker: Joe Vaughan