Events: anytime, any location, all ages

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What better way to celebrate Shakespeare than by getting into character?

SHAKESperience, a hands-on workshop conducted by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, lends participants an opportunity to immerse in the Bard’s plays. The two-hour session focuses on text analysis, acting techniques pertinent to Shakespeare, improvisation, and the art of stage combat.


Sunday, April 17, 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.

Ben Whishaw, whom you may know as Q in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, stars as the titular Richard. Patrick Stewart, Clémence Poésy, and Rory Kinnear also appear in this first of four films in the BBC’s series of adaptations of Shakespeare histories, The Hollow Crown.


Sunday, April 24, 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.

The first Tony Award winner for best musical (in 1949), this masterful play-within-a-play follows a troupe of actors performing the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew while dealing with their own personal lives off stage. Cole Porter provided the music and lyrics, including such standards as So in Love; Too Darn Hot; and Another Op’nin, Another Show.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. May's book selection: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

This event previously planned for Wednesday, February 17, at the Plaza Branch has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 5, at the Central Library.

The PBS documentary series Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Reshaped a Nation chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. The Library screens the episode Empire of Dreams, covering the period from 1880-1942, when the influx of newly immigrated Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans began arriving and building strong Latino-American communities in our country.

A discussion afterward is led by two University of Kansas scholars: Ruben Flores, an associate professor of American studies associate director of the school’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Christina Bejarano, an associate professor of political science and faculty member in university’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Santa Fe Trail was best known as a commercial trade route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. But while Americans called it “the road to Santa Fe,” Mexicans knew it as “el Camino a los Estados Unidos” (the road to the United States). The number of immigrants making their way up the corridor eventually outnumbered Americans coming the other way.

David Aamodt, administrator of the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, and Richard Edwards, the museum’s curator of education, examine the Santa Fe Trail from the Mexican perspective, how it made early Independence more a Mexican than an American city, and how the trail helped blend cultures and economies and shape the American identity – from the once-vibrant Missouri mule industry to the country’s enduring passion for Mexican food.


Wednesday, May 11, 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.

Where are our tax breaks and economic development dollars going and who is reaping the benefits? Are we getting the best bang for our bucks?

Co-presented by American Public Square.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

They’re artifacts, nearly 400 years old, and only 233 are known to have survived to today. But what else has driven collectors to pay as much as $6 million for copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio? What renders this 900-page book so important that it merits a nationwide tour?


Friday, May 13, 2016

Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for all ages.



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.




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