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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In the Midnight Library, a little librarian helps all the animals find the perfect book. The library is always peaceful and quiet until one night when some squirrels, a wolf, and a tortoise stir up a little trouble. Luckily, the little librarian knows just how to turn a little trouble into a lot of fun.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
10:00am @ Westport Branch

The 15th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration offers folk tales, multicultural stories, and animal stories, songs, and rhymes.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
5:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Learn sewing, machine safety, troubleshooting, and how to sew in a straight line. The basics of seams, stitches and bobbins will also be included. Finally, get your hands on a real pattern to learn symbols, cutting instructions and lots more.
The class is four weeks long and Sign up is required. Ages 12-18 Only!
Sign up at the Plaza Library Kid Corner Desk!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Caitlin Doughty is out to change the way we deal with dying.

Founder of the Order of the Good Death, a web forum promoting the open discussion of death, and host of the wry and popular web series Ask a Mortician, the 30-year-old Los Angeles funeral director sits down for a public conversation with Kaite Stover, the Library’s director of readers’ services, about U.S. attitudes toward death and death practices.

Doughty’s appearance coincides with the release of her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, both a witty memoir and an eye-opening examination of the American way of death. It was The Kansas City Star’s FYI Book Club selection in September.

Wednesday, November 5, 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 ESL students.
Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
9:30am @ Waldo Branch

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
10:30am @ Waldo Branch

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This workshop will focus on many aspects of theater including improv, movement, C.R.O.W. (Character Relationship Objective Where), story telling, literature, basic theater terms, team building, voice, imagination and most important, having fun!

This workshop will not be performance focused. There is no “final performance” at the end of the four week session, so if you can’t make every session don’t worry! Youth can earn DIY badges after the workshop.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

His approval rating low and his own party disenchanted, Harry Truman had the look of a one-term president — unlikely to win a return to office — in the summer of 1948. With ingenuity born of desperation, his aides hit upon a plan: Take to the rails, crisscrossing the country and putting Truman in front of as many voters as possible.

Philip White, a guest lecturer at MidAmerica Nazarene University, recalls the remarkable journey in a discussion of his new book Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman. The trek, of course, ended with an election-day upset of Republican Thomas E. Dewey.