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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Do you have questions about how to use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, E-Reader or other mobile technologies? Want to know more about Overdrive, Hoopla, or other library e-resources? Bring your device to our Open Lab and ask the expert!

15 minute time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vault Level Multipurpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email

Friday, May 15, 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, May 15, 2015

Students in the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program perform to live music alongside their teachers and mentors in the joyful Dancing in the Stacks: A Celebration of Children’s Books and Literature. Appropriate for all ages.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s summer series of outdoor movies—focusing on strangers cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands—kicks off with this dark fantasy classic directed by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. A young boy joins a band of six renegade dwarves on a breakneck, time-travel trek through history, encountering an assortment of historical figures including a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and a stuffy Robin Hood (Python headliner John Cleese).

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sign up for a free e-mail account and follow along with this tutorial that teaches the ins and outs of sending and receiving email, as well as how to organize your messages.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Every day we inhale, touch, and taste harmful chemicals and toxins. Synthetic
ingredients are in virtually every item in the home, from cleaning solutions and personal care products to food additives. Join us in an unforgettable experience and learn how these amazing oils could be the missing link creating optimum health and wellness in your everyday life. This session will focus on how to have a green home using Essential Oils. Please join guest speakers
Merrie Olmsted and Jane Pleggenkuhle-Schmidtke of Young Living to learn more
Call 816-701-3483 for more information.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

By the time of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the land and people of western Missouri had suffered as much as any during the Civil War. The 1863 edict known as “Order No. 11”—forcing the evacuation of all non-rural residents of three western counties including Jackson—and the Federal army that carried it out had depopulated those counties, devastated homes and farms, and left deep scars.

Focusing on families and communities, Parkville, Missouri, author Tom Rafiner examines the scene that greeted returning residents after the Civil War on the Western Border ended. The “burnt district” took decades to heal, casting a long, dark shadow on postwar Missouri.

Monday, May 18, 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