Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
10:00am @ Central Library

Join Dino for a music and storytelling science adventure about stars, meteors and planets. Meet Grandpa O'Dell, Zar, the space alien and the cowboy stargazer, Joe, in this educational, interactive and fun show.

Parking is Free!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Railroads were essential to moving men and military supplies during the Civil War. The Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, was an attempt by federal troops under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to seize Atlanta’s rail center and cripple the Confederate war effort.

On the 150th anniversary of that battle, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Christopher R. Gabel examines the importance of rail transportation to both Union and Confederate commanders.

The Confederacy’s rail system performed just well enough in the first two years of the war to keep the fledgling nation in the fight. Ultimately, though, the Southern railroads lost their capacity to support the war, while the Northern railroads achieved unprecedented levels of effectiveness.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014
10:00am @ Westport Branch

Adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The story contains zany versions of classic tales with the fabulous humor that has made this Caldecott Award winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith so popular. You will have fun with Jack, the narrator, who takes you through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken or is that


Wednesday, July 23, 2014
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Have fun with Jack as he takes you through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken ... or is that Chicken Little? And then there is Cinderumpelstiltskin, and the Really Ugly Duckling.

Recommended for all ages.


Thursday, July 24, 2014
10:00am @ Central Library

Adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The story contains zany versions of classic tales with the fabulous humor that has made this Caldecott Award winning book so popular. You will have fun with Jack, the narrator, who takes you through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken or is that Chicken Little? And then there is Cinderumpelstiltskin. Will she have to spin her own dress? Will she go to the ball? The Really Ugly Duckling will make you laugh and cry and everyone will leave with a somewhat revised view of that Little Red Hen.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

America is a country built by thinkers on a foundation of ideas. Alongside classic works of philosophy and ethics, however, our presidents have been influenced by the books, movies, TV shows, viral videos, and social media sensations of their day.

Thomas Jefferson famously said, “I cannot live without books.” Jimmy Carter loved movies. Abraham Lincoln loved theater. And Barack Obama has been known to kick back with a few episodes of HBO's The Wire.

Author Tevi Troy combines research with witty observations to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped by pop culture in a discussion of his new book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted.

Troy is the former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the administration of George W. Bush.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The story contains zany versions of classic tales with the fabulous humor that has made this Caldecott Award winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith so popular. You will have fun with Jack, the narrator, who takes your through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken or is that Chicken Little? And then there is the Cinderumpelstiltskin. Will she have to spin her own dress? Will she go to the ball?


Friday, July 25, 2014

After five weeks of drama classes, participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience.

Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children from ages 3-17 under the direction of John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

A former employee of Frank Lloyd Wright, Clarence E. Shepard specialized in residential architecture and was an artist and landscape engineer. He designed more than 600 houses in Kansas City, favoring the Prairie School style.

Among his work: the Judge Louis R. Gates House in Kansas City, Kansas, which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Kansas City Historic Landmark.

William Worley, a devotee of local history, discusses Shepard’s life and work. Worley, whose business interests include veterinary clinics, real estate development, and America’s largest chain of one-hour photo stores, co-founded the Kansas City Business Journal in 1982.


Monday, July 28, 2014
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

With their diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, the Sugar Free All Stars blends New Orleans funk, Memphis soul, and Hammond organ-drenched gospel wrapped in a colorful rock'n'roll package. Add a touch of pop songwriting, humor, and a high-energy show and you've got the Sugar Free All Stars.

Appropriate for all ages.