Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The latest installment of the Library’s Emmy Award-winning series, Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, spotlights one of the preeminent figures in 20th century African American literature, Zora Neale Hurston.

Kemper, the Library’s director, holds a public conversation with Hurston as portrayed by longtime Johnson County Community College professor Carmaletta Williams. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harry S. Truman’s relationship with Canada has received limited attention from historians. But the 33rd president’s appreciation for our “good neighbor to the north” resulted in significant political and economic advances on both sides of the border while fostering an alliance that underpinned America’s global engagement.

Approaching the 70th anniversary of Truman’s move into the White House in April 1945, Roy Norton — the new Canadian consul general to Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin — discusses key elements from the period 1945-53 that saw Canada attain its ongoing status as America’s best customer and closest ally.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kansas City novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell sits down with author Elizabeth Gaffney for a public conversation about her new book. When the World Was Young follows the country’s changing physical and emotional landscape after World War II through the eyes and experiences of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, New York, which also happens to be Gaffney’s place of residence.

The presentation also spotlights the Brooklyn-based literary magazine A Public Space, for which Gaffney is editor-at-large, and the publication’s new mentoring program for emerging writers.


Friday, February 27, 2015

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 Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. 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.

In a forgotten Mexico, Tita and Pedro fall in love but are forbidden to marry. When Tita is forced to make Pedro’s wedding cake, the guests at the wedding are overcome with sadness, and Tita discovers she can do strange things with her cooking. 105 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Celebrate the Irish in everyone with a performance by Kansas City’s O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance. The academy has offered a wide range of classes for both children and adults of all levels and backgrounds for more than 20 years. Appropriate for all ages.


Saturday, February 28, 2015
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

Last year’s Jackson County Spelling bee delivered an unforgettable duel between two finalists — one a fifth-grader, the other a seventh-grader — that stretched into overtime, lasting 95 rounds and attracting worldwide attention.

An expanded bee is back. This year’s contest included qualifiers from 102 schools in both Jackson and Clay counties who went through division competition earlier in the month. Those still standing now contend for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee championship, with a single winner advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

The bee is presented in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and Local Investment Commission (LINC), and is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School Personnel.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.

March's Selection:
Pigs Ahoy! by David McPhail

Appropriate for all ages.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

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 Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. 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.

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. With Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, and David Niven. 108 minutes, Unrated.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, kicks off a series of Love Stories with the intimate, two-character play Love Letters.

George and Doris have separate families, separate lives — and a physical attraction and growing emotional bond that bring them to the same California country inn every year. One of the most popular romantic comedies of the past century drops in on their clandestine relationship every five years for 25 years. The times change. They change, experiencing the ups and downs of marriage, career change, and childrearing against a backdrop of national turmoil. Their annual weekend together becomes a time of solace, reflection, challenge and, when Doris shows up eight-months pregnant, even birth.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kansas City’s West Bottoms, the lowland bordered by rugged cliffs and the Missouri and Kansas rivers, provided the spark for a rugged cowtown to become an urban metropolis. Publisher Steve Noll draws from his personal collection of historic postcards and from Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales, a new book by Edward T. Matheny, Jr., in recounting an epic story - how cowboys, stockyards commission men, meatpackers, railroaders, and assorted hangers-on formed a vibrant, now-vanished West Bottoms community.