Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The federal government has been keeping tabs on foreign visitors to these shores for decades. In 1940 the Immigration and Naturalization Service began issuing each of them an Alien Registration number, and in 1944—in the midst of World War II—began to use this number to create individual case files called Alien Files or “A-Files.” They contain all records from any active case of an alien not yet naturalized—visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, and official correspondence—gathered as the individual passed through the U.S. immigration and inspection process.

Archivist Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives of Kansas City shows how the enterprising genealogist, biographer, or historian can access this treasure trove of information. The National Archives preserves and makes available to researchers more than 450,000 A-Files for individuals who were born in 1910 or earlier, many of them with direct connections to this area.


Friday, June 12, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

Sparking the imaginations of children in the Kansas City area since the summer of 2002... Children and adults will have a great time learning the science behind levitation, invisibility, camouflage, and more!

All ages.
Parking is Free!


Saturday, June 13, 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: Windows of Kansas City

Speaker: Bruce Mathews


Friday, June 19, 2015

Students will have a great time learning the science behind levitation, invisibility, camouflage, and more!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands. In Tron, a video game programmer (Jeff Bridges) is transported through a pixel portal into the neon world he created.


Friday, June 26, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

Join a top secret mission to find the perfect pet; not all animals make good pets.

With a large variety of exciting and interactive programs, the Zoomobile brings the world of the wild to you. Connect with nature and wildlife through a fascinating journey featuring awesome artifacts, fun science, captivating stories, and of course, live animals.

Parking is Free.


Friday, June 26, 2015

The Paul Mesner Puppets presents a veggie wonderful love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry and have a beautiful daughter named Rapunzel. An evil witch, who forced Romaine to promise that he would give up his first-born child many years before, returns to claim the lovely child for her own. Rapunzel is taken to live in a tower and her future looks bleak until the Prince arrives and Rapunzel hatches a plan to escape he evil captor and leaf happily ever alfalfa.


Friday, July 10, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

With their diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, the Sugar Free Allstars blend New Orleans funk, Memphis soul, and Hammond organ-drenched gospel wrapped in a colorful rock'n'roll package. Add a touch of pop songwriting, humor, and a high-energy show and you've got the Sugar Free Allstars.

Appropriate for all ages.

Parking is free.


Friday, July 17, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove returns to the Library with a high-energy, interactive show that will get the whole family swingin'.

Appropriate for all ages.

Parking is free.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands. In Labyrinth, a girl (Jennifer Connelly) braves a magical maze of muppets to rescue her baby brother from a glam-rock Goblin King (David Bowie.)