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

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
9:30am @ Plaza Branch

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you. This class focuses on the basics of online navigation and searching. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Although humans and animals everywhere vomit sometimes, it can be a scary experience when you are sick.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
10:00am @ Central Library

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teen readers discuss In Real Life by Cory Doctorow. Graphic Fiction Readers is a book group for teens that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Trails West branch. Copies of the selection are available for checkout at the branch library.

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Football’s evolution from sport to religion will be reconfirmed Feb. 1, 2015, when 85,000 fans in Glendale, Arizona, and a global TV audience of more than 100 million obsess over Super Bowl Sunday.

We love football so much that best-selling author Steve Almond says we’ve become blind to the fact that it simply isn’t good for us. Players suffer brain damage. Children and teenagers are susceptible to the same injuries and the same debilitating, long-term effects. Beyond that is a question of whether our addiction to football fosters a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia.

Almond, who contributes to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times, sits down with longtime Kansas City TV sports anchor (and former Villanova University football standout) Frank Boal for a conversation about Almond’s unflinching book about America’s most popular sport.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
9:30am @ Waldo Branch

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


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
10:30am @ Waldo Branch

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


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members who will direct the city for the next four years. What are the talking points? The priorities?

Launching a second season of Citizens Project forums co-sponsored by the nonpartisan Citizens Association of Kansas City, a panel of local media representatives including KCUR’s Steve Kraske and The Kansas City Star’s Lynn Horsley identifies and explores the issues the candidates ought to address.

Subsequent discussions in the series — on the third Wednesday in February and March — will feature the perspectives of city administrators and politicos.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Behind Batman stood Alfred. Behind James Bond stood Q. And behind some of the most influential figures of the past century, from presidents to diplomats to Supreme Court justices, stood Grenville Clark.

The New York-born lawyer, activist, and advisor championed academic freedom, fought a successful public battle with good friend Franklin Roosevelt over FDR’s attempt to “pack” the Supreme Court, and worked closely with the NAACP to uphold civil rights during the tumultuous 1950s and ’60s. He devoted his last decades to a quest for world peace through limited but enforceable world law.

Writer Nancy Peterson Hill, administrator of the Diastole Scholars’ Center affiliated with UMKC, discusses her new book on this largely anonymous, but immensely important, American.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!