Events: anytime, any location, all ages

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.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

All participants in our 2016 Reading Program A Winter’s Tale Spin are welcome to attend any of our Winter Reading Celebrations.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Efforts to combat blight and “renew” Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, took off after the end of World War II, but the results were mixed. Visionary ideas often came at the expense of established neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, and a sense of community. Adding to the difficulty, the two cities had been always tied at the hip. Although the interests of the bordering municipalities aligned, their municipal, county, and state political structures divided them.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

Director Richard Loncraine successfully relocates the story of the murderously scheming king to 1930, and Ian McKellan delivers a memorable performance in the title role. Also starring Annette Bening, the film drew Oscar nominations for art direction and costume design. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Wednesday, March 23, 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.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Democrats have occupied the White House for 15 of the past 23 years, and Thomas Frank pointedly asks: What do they have to show for it? Wall Street gets bailouts. Free-trade deals keep coming. The decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Why has so little been done to advance traditional liberal goals – to expand opportunity, fight for social justice, and ensure that workers get a fair deal?

The best-selling, Kansas City-born author takes up the issue, employing his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic in a discussion of his new book Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?


Friday, April 1, 2016
6:00pm @ Waldo Branch

All participants in our 2016 Reading Program A Winter’s Tale Spin are welcome to attend any of our Winter Reading Celebrations.


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