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

Saturday, September 5, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

This new exhibit, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, spotlights the colorful, evocative works of many of Mexico’s top illustrators of youth literature, including the winning and honorable-mention selections from the country’s 24th Catalogue of Illustrators of Children and Youth Publications contest.

Saturday, October 10, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

Intimate Riot introduces the fictional aesthetic of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Based on Alice’s early published journeys, internationally recognized artist Peregrine Honig delivers a genre-crossing exhibit combining art objects, video, installation, and design alongside text from Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic.

Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00am @ Waldo Branch

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) literacy program uses therapy animals to improve children's reading and communication skills. Join the R.E.A.D. team at the Waldo Branch the second Saturday each month between September 2015 and April 2016 (excluding December and January) as children read the pooches some prose. Children may sign up for a 10-minute slot each Saturday. Parents must sign a release form before children will be allowed to read with one of the dogs.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Film director Debra Granik introduced Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall to a national audience in the Academy Award-nominated Winter’s Bone, in which she cast the real-life Missouri biker as drug supplier Thump. Granik was so taken with Hall’s personal story — behind the tattoos and leather vest is a decent, tender-hearted man troubled by his time in Vietnam but devoted to helping his immigrant family and fellow veterans — that she made him the subject of her new documentary Stray Dog.

The acclaimed doc kicks off a series of monthly films at the Library as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. Hall, Stray Dog’s star, is featured in a subsequent discussion of the social issues it spotlights.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Star Wars Reads Day is back! We’ll learn the secrets of the Force with crafts, games, and snacks. Come dressed as your favorite character! Appropriate for ages 5-12.

Star Wars Reads Day is a chance for kids to celebrate literacy and Jedis, Siths, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Each Saturday during October 2015, the Kansas City Public Library will screen films that highlight the unusual experiences of people in wondrous worlds that resemble and dissemble reality.

This fictionalized story of Alice Liddell, the child who inspired the famous character, follows the elderly, widowed Alice as she travels to the U.S. from England. Alice must make her way through the strange land of Depression-era New York while attempting to come to peace with her conflicted childhood.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kansas City’s Green Duck Tavern, at 26th Street and Prospect Avenue, was once an unassuming seat of power, owned by politician and civil rights activist Leon Jordan and a place for him and other leaders of the political organization Freedom, Inc., to map out strategy. A recent addition to the Kansas City Register of Historic Places, it also is where Jordan was gunned down gangland-style one early morning in 1970.

Joelouis Mattox, who serves as historian for the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, discusses the Green Duck and other notable places in KC with … um, checkered reputations. Also among them: the Castle Theater at 12th and Paseo; the Rhythm Lanes Skating Rink, Ray’s Golden Lounge, and Inferno Lounge on Troost; the Carver Theater and the Linwood Theater, both on Prospect; and Party House and the Log Cabin Lounge, both on 31st.

Monday, October 12, 2015
(All day)


In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library announces its annual Food for Fines Week from October 12-18, 2015.

During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.

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