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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

As our 27th president from 1909-1913 and then as chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1921-1930, William Howard Taft was the only man ever to head two of America’s three governing branches. But between these two well-documented periods in office lies an eight-year patch of largely unexplored political wilderness — a time when Taft somehow rose from ignominious defeat in the 1912 presidential election to leadership of the nation’s highest court.

Monmouth College historian Lewis L. Gould delivers the first in-depth look at this interval in Taft’s singular career in a discussion of his book Chief Executive to Chief Justice: Taft Betwixt the White House and Supreme Court.

Friday, October 16, 2015

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Friday, October 16, 2015
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Put on your winter overcoats and prepare to watch "The Day After Tomorrow", starring Dennis Quaid. Earth is thrust into a new ice age and New York City turns into a polar deep freeze trapping citizens, including a group of college students who are trying to survive inside the public library. Dennis Quaid is a determined father trying to reach the city to rescue his son before it's too late. PG-13.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Come enjoy some of your favorite online and board games at the Ruiz Branch on the third Friday of each month. Join your pals for a friendly game of LIFE, SORRY, Apples to Apples, or any other game in our collection. The computers will be available for online games as well.

For ages 12-18, and a parental permission form must be signed.

Friday, October 16, 2015
5:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Play, trade and discuss great card games like: Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, Vampire the Masquerade, White Wolf, Naruto, Munchkin, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and many more.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Calling all young Chiefs football fans and fans-to-be!

Join the Library and mascot KC Wolf in celebrating the release of the new picture book Kansas City Chiefs ABCs and 1-2-3s, illustrated by Kansan Rob Peters. Listen to football stories, play games, and have your picture taken with the Wolf. Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, October 17, 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 screwball comedy, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, and Madeline Kahn, centers on the accidental mixup of four identical plaid overnight bags and the repercussions for the colorful characters who own them.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15, the Library offers three films favorited in recent years by Latino/ Latina audiences. Movies are introduced by area scholars and experts, who return to lead question-and-answer sessions after the screenings.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Beginning with the video-game Alice: Madness Returns, three Xbox 360 consoles will be available for simultaneously play followed by a discussion that examines modern interpretations of the original Lewis Carroll story. We'll follow a timeline of selected Alice and friends images appearing in pop culture over the past decades. Due to the violence in the video-game, this event is aimed at audiences 17 and older.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

In 1926, Sinclair Lewis, America’s premier contemporary novelist, came to Kansas City to do research for his “preacher novel” – the book that became the acclaimed Elmer Gantry. For background information on this sensational piece of fiction, where did the author of Main Street and Babbitt go? To whom did he talk? And what did the eventual Nobel laureate learn from the city’s leading clergy that contributed to his controversial views of Midwest Protestantism?

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Tyler Blake tells how Kansas City, its churches, and a circle of fascinating individuals — free thinkers and fundamentalists — became the subjects of study in Lewis’ “laboratory.”

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