All Events & Activities: anytime, any location, 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.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Swing by Central Every Saturday this Summer for CRAFTS@CENTRAL!

Today it’s time to make the scene! Stop by Crafts@Central and take fun photos over our very own drawn backgrounds! Photo yourself racing dolphins under the sea, or as an astronaut discovering a new planet! Come by today and leave with your Fun Photo in hand!

Parking is FREE!

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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

History books cast William Clark as a wilderness-braving, 1800s action hero, a partner with Meriwether Lewis in the nearly two-and-a-half-year exploratory expedition that cleared the way for America’s westward expansion. But his ledger entries reveal another, less gallant side.

In a discussion of her new book, historian Jo Ann Trogdon examines Clark’s activities more than five years before his epic journey and presents evidence—gleaned from her examination of his leather-trimmed journal—that links him to a series of treasonous plots dubbed the “Spanish Conspiracy.” It involved corrupt officials who sought to line their pockets with Spanish money and convince American frontier settlers along the Mississippi River to break away from the U.S.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The influence of Latinos on America's pastime has increased significantly in the past two decades—they now account for more than a quarter of all players in baseball’s major leagues—and their early struggles and emergence parallel the integration of American society as a whole. The Kansas City Royals, whose current roster features 11 players from Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, epitomize their current prominence.

Adrian Burgos, Jr., professor of history, African American studies, and Latina/Latino studies at the University of Illinois and author of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line, and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick discuss this growing Latino imprint as part of the Latinos in America: 500 Years of History series in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Friday, August 7, 2015
5:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade for the perfect card, then put your best deck to the test!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

It’s been a great summer and now it’s time to celebrate! Join us for fun activities that will be enjoyable for the entire family. We’ll also have games, prizes, and snacks.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Swing by Central Every Saturday this Summer for CRAFTS@CENTRAL!

Being dirty has never been prepared so neatly! Come for a story and a delicious treat! Help make and eat some Oreo dirt and gummy worms!

Parking is FREE!