Events: anytime, any location, all ages

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The question may be met with chagrin by traditionalists, but to some, the identity of William Shakespeare is not positively decided.

They have trouble squaring the Bard’s works with the life of the presumed author from Stratford-upon-Avon, holding that only an aristocrat – which he was not – could have penned such elevated prose. Oxfordians point to Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who was the most flamboyant of the courtier poets of the time and a theater and literary patron.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the history. Recommended for ages 5 and older.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Bard goes to boarding school in She’s the Man (PG-13, 75 min., 2006), a teenage Twelfth Night tale. Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself as her twin brother to make the soccer team; but things get complicated as she falls for a teammate (Channing Tatum).


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Henry F Hoit designed many of Kansas City’s most iconic commercial and residential buildings, including the Kansas City Power & Light Building, the Kansas City Athletic Club, and the Bell Telephone Building. His relationship with R.A. Long resulted in the design of Corinthian Hall, Longview Farm, and the R.A. Long Building.

Susan Jezek Ford, architectural historian, researcher and preservation consultant, discusses Hoit’s career in the final installment of the Library’s 2016 Kansas City Architecture Series.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Teens on the Fringe is the youth component of the Kansas City Fringe Festival and will be featuring performances by spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, and actors from all over Kansas City. We will also be featuring short films from local teens and providing acting and improv workshops. We welcome any teens who have the desire to take the stage to come and show us what you’ve got! This event is a part of the Mayor's Nights summer event series.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Join us on Saturday August 6th at 2:00pm at the Westport Branch Library, where local author W. A. Vega will present and answer questions about her book, Extraordinary Gifts. Ms. Vega is a motivational speaker at heart, and will aim to inspire, encourage guests to dream big, and also to follow those dreams regardless of obstacles.

Tapping into society's moral conflicts, author W. A. Vega takes readers on a disturbing ride in her book Extraordinary Gifts, where religion, politics, and ethics collide into a frenzy of deceitful cover up.

Saturday August 6th, 2:00pm


Friday, August 19, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

In 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13, 97 min., 1999), a retake of Taming of the Shrew, high school student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is smitten with lovely sophomore Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but he finds she’s forbidden from dating until her rebellious and unpopular older sister Katarina (Julia Stiles) has a boyfriend first. So a plan emerges to set up Kat with school bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) in order to clear the way for the younger couple’s romance.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Have any of you dreamed of running away, of heading out to the highway, never looking back, and getting away from it all? Steve Garufi, author of "Under a Triumphant Sky: A Bike Across America Story", had those dreams and fulfilled them by pedaling across America twice in 2008 and 2011.

Join us at the Westport Branch Library where author Steve Garufi will do a presentation with maps, photos, and his bicycle, while answering questions about what it's like to ride cross-country and how to do it.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

Shakespearean drama dances across the streets and rooftops of New York in West Side Story (NR, 152 min., 1961). This classic musical reimagining of Romeo & Juliet substitutes a gangland feud between the Jets and Sharks gangs for the royal rumble Montagues and Capulets.


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