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

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Learn Skills. Be Awesome.
DIY is the best way for kids to learn new skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. We'll be using DIY in the library to explore new subjects while practicing skills. Kids can browse thousands of projects, try them and keep a portfolio of what they make and do.

Go to diy.org and sign up with your kid!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Swoon with Irene Dunne, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. Take in this lineup of great screen romances.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Kansas City Public Library plays host to the annual Missouri 5th Congressional District student art exhibit and town hall gathering, where U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, will recognize local high school artists.

All submissions will be on display at the Central Library from April 22-28, 2014. One will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for a year, an honor that went to a Lee’s Summit North High School student in 2013.


Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:00pm @ Waldo Branch

From novice to more advanced, this class is a perfect way to get exercise while practicing relaxations techniques.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

If only we could strike it rich, then our problems would be over. Right? Not according to John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which demonstrates that with newfound wealth comes plenty of bad baggage: bloodthirsty bandits, betrayal, and madness. Shot almost entirely in Mexico (one of the first Hollywood movies made on a foreign location) and oozing authenticity with every frame, this superb adventure won two Oscars for John Huston (directing and screenplay) and another (supporting actor) for his father – the only such father-son win in Academy history.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Please join us this afternoon for our Sunday family movie. (Parents with children)


Sunday, April 27, 2014

The 1876 raid by the James-Younger gang on Northfield, Minnesota, may be the most famous bank robbery in history.

Recognizing what was happening, citizens armed themselves. Leaving the bank, the outlaws ran into a devastating hail of bullets. Two died in the street. The survivors, several badly wounded, fled Northfield, setting off one of the Old West’s most extensive manhunts.

In a discussion of his new book, Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape, Western historian, writer, and musician Mark Lee Gardner recreates this bloody, desperate episode. With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that followed &mash; the near misses, fateful mistakes, and final shootout on the Watonwan River — Gardner delivers a galloping, true tale of frontier justice.


Monday, April 28, 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.

Parking is free for one hour in the Library garage, and there is also street-side parking for 75 cents an hour.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Get your competitive juices flowing challenging your friends with a variety of games like NBA 2K14, Madden NFL25, Halo 5, Soulcalibur V . If you are more of a Wii fan, Smash Bros., Mario Cart, Dragon Ball Z may engage you in a friendly joust with your peers.
A nice collection of board games are available.


Monday, April 28, 2014
5:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Catch these study sessions designed to help those trying to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Pre-registration required. Call 816-418-7150.