Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Celebrate what would have been the 102nd birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman as Mark Skousen relates stories from his long friendship with the economist and libertarian icon.

Friedman was the intellectual architect of the free market reforms of the post-World War II era who today is recognized as the father of the Chicago school of economics and libertarian philosophy. His book, Capitalism and Freedom, has sold well over half a million copies in English and been translated into 18 languages.

Skousen, a former CIA economist, has taught at Columbia Business School, Barnard College, and Columbia University and written for Forbes magazine. He is editor in chief of the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove returns to the Library with a high-energy, interactive show that will get the whole family swingin’.

Appropriate for all ages.


Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00am

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the seventh annual City Market Summer Book Sales, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Prepare to be amazed by Dr. Ron's Science Spectacular! Join in the fun with hands-on activities and experiments! Beware: This may get messy! Recommended for ages 3-12.


Saturday, August 2, 2014
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has reached maximum capacity. No additional RSVPs will be accepted.

Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat series has generated sales of 1.5 million books. Now, the children’s author is turning his attention to nuts – a new series of picture books, The Nuts, featuring daughter Hazel, son Wally, and mama Imma.

Litwin appears at the Library in conjunction with the release of Bedtime at the Nut House. A singer and entertainer as well as a writer, he delivers a fully interactive performance that also will highlight the beloved Pete the Cat. Appropriate for all ages.

Co-sponsored by Reading Reptile.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014
10:00am @ Westport Branch

“Chain Reaction” serves up solid science with a side of silliness.
Juggling balls become atoms and molecules. One thing leads to another
in a hilarious chain reaction machine created with audience volunteers.
Come enjoy this science adventure with Jay and Leslie Cady of
Laughing Matters!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Library focuses on 34-year-old Army National Guard Capt. Harry S. Truman in launching a series of programs commemorating the centennial of the start of the First World War.

D. M. Giangreco, author of The Soldier from Independence: A Military History of Harry Truman, shows how, as a field artillery battery commander in World War I, Truman already was making hard decisions that he knew to be right. He once saved a neighboring infantry regiment from a surprise German attack, only to be rebuked by his regimental commander; intervention by Gen. John J. Pershing headed off a career-killing court martial.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thrust into the nation’s highest office following Richard Nixon’s resignation, Gerald R. Ford faced the impossible task of achieving much in little time and in the face of great adversity.

Historian John Robert Greene examines the 38th president’s struggle to restore the prestige of the office — after Nixon’s misdeeds, during an ignominious departure from Vietnam, and amid Congress’ intentions to scale back presidential power — in a discussion of his book, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.


Friday, August 8, 2014

In its second season, the Kansas City Opera Institute brings the most famous of the Mother Goose fairy tales, Puss in Boots, to the Library.

It’s the story of a young miller and his new pet, a remarkably smart and mischievous talking cat, which sets off to find his owner riches, romance, and true happiness. Appropriate for preschoolers and up.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Westport Historical Society and the Westport Branch Library present Michael Dickey - "Sweat and Survival: The Impact of the Santa Fe Trade on Missouri's Economy"

Second Saturday Speaker Series, August 9th, 2014, 2:00pm
Westport Library, 118 Westport Road
Speaker’s reception follows at the Harris Kearney House, 40th & Baltimore

Title of Talk: "Sweat and Survival: The Impact of the Santa Fe Trade on Missouri's Economy"