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

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drop by between 4 - 6 p.m. to make locker magnets! For teens


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Learn to cook simple and nutritional recipes for yourself or the whole family. During this four week course, you'll meet every Thursday to receive hands on training in using kitchen equipment and other cooking skills. Registration is required and is aimed at the teen audience only.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

The latest installment of the Library’s popular TV series, Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, spotlights the influential developer of Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, J.C. Nichols.

Kemper, the Library’s director, will hold a public conversation with Nichols as portrayed by historian Bill Worley, who has appeared in previous Meet the Past presentations as Walt Disney, James Naismith, and Tom Pendergast. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.

Developed by Nichols on what once was swampland on the south edge of Kansas City, the Plaza opened in 1923 as the nation’s first suburban shopping district. His emphasis on quality construction, beautiful landscaping, and consistency in planning became a template for cities across the country.

Major funding for this episode of Meet the Past is provided by the W.T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee. Co-sponsored by Historic Kansas City.


Friday, September 12, 2014

ESL (English as a Second Language)
Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.
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.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Olympus Has Fallen - starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett

When the president is kidnapped by a terrorist who seizes control of the White House (Secret Service Code: Olympus), disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team rushes to respond, they must rely on Banning's insider knowledge to save the president and prevent an even greater catastrophe.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Need an e-mail account but don’t know the first thing about using one? This class will help you get a free e-mail account and learn how to use it. Call 701-3449 or click here to register.


Friday, September 12, 2014
5:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!


Friday, September 12, 2014

As an actress, Heidi Swedberg is best known for playing George Costanza’s fiancée, Susan, on TV’s Seinfeld. But her roots as a musician run much deeper – to the morning when she got her first ukulele from the Easter Bunny as a 5-year-old living in Hawaii.

Swedberg has built a national reputation for her ukulele-inflected, highly interactive approach to family music-making, and returns to the Library with her unique, Sukey Jump style. Enjoy a family concert in which everyone in the family can participate. Pick up an instrument, clap your hands, sing, or just hum along.

Appropriate for all ages.


Saturday, September 13, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.