All Events & Activities: anytime, any location, all ages

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, June 11, 2011
(All day) @ Central Library

Hixon transformed the field of portrait photography in Kansas City and the surrounding region during a career that spanned more than seven decades. His studios—the first in the Brady Building at 11th and Main Streets, and the second just one block west in the Baltimore Hotel—welcomed thousands of patrons throughout the 1910s and 1920s.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.


Sunday, November 9, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

What Jason Pollen originally envisioned as a short, one- or two-year stay in Kansas City is now into its third decade. The internationally recognized textile artist, designer, and teacher — known for his innovative techniques — has become a fixture and a local treasure.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tense competitions on XBOX 360 are on during TeenGaming. XBOX360, Wii, and PlayStation 2 consoles are available for play. You are invited to bring your games to compete with the other teens.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Central Library’s ESL classes are small, with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math, and American life.

Classes are free and parking is free for all ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead. Sing, dance, and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!


Friday, November 28, 2014
5:00pm @ Plaza Branch

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


Friday, November 28, 2014
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.

Recommended for all ages.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.