Events: anytime, any location, all ages

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

After four of the bloodiest years of warfare in its history, peace finally had come to the United States in May 1865. For two glorious days, Washington, D.C., residents watched as the mighty Union armies that had compelled the surrender of the Confederacy’s main forces marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in triumph. “The rebels,” Ulysses S. Grant proclaimed a few weeks earlier, “are our countrymen again.”

Historians Terry L. Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth close the Library’s Civil War Sesquicentennial series with a discussion of how the North prevailed and the South lay broken and defeated, what the four years of fighting left unresolved, and why the Civil War remains so compelling 150 years after the final shots were fired.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Having spent a quarter-century in the political arena, Annie Presley has had a full life: enduring a near-plane crash with Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft and Sen. Christopher Bond and sitting tight for an hour with Margaret Thatcher while a couple of armed protesters were hauled to jail, among other memorable episodes.

Part of living, too, is preparing for death. And Presley and co-author Christy Howard have written Read This ... When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones, a fill-in-the-blank guide to organizing your key information, thoughts, and wishes for your heirs.

Presley, a native Missourian and accomplished fundraising and political consultant, discusses both her eventful career and her new book on planning for the end in a public conversation with University of Missouri-Kansas City professor and former U.S. ambassador to Portugal Allan Katz.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Matt Rahner began documenting the dismantling of roughly a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood—acquired by the city via eminent domain—in the fall of 2012. Forty-three households were displaced, some forcibly, to make room in the predominantly African American area for a new police station and crime lab.

Rahner’s photographs, along with objects and ephemera from the vacated homes and lots, are featured in the installation Eminent Domain on display in the Central Library through May 31, 2015. He discusses his effort to illuminate what he says are “the repercussions and reality of a power construct that allows one entity to forcefully and legally relocate others against their will.”


Friday, May 29, 2015
(All day) @ Waldo Branch

Featuring nearly 2,500 items priced from 50¢ to $1, including children's books at every reading level, youth audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs. A small selection of new and vintage books will also be available. All proceeds support services and programs at the Kansas City Public Library.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Coloradan Neil McIntyre—aka Mr. Kneel—delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun. Appropriate for all ages.


Saturday, May 30, 2015
8:00am @ Plaza Branch

Register online or at 816.701.3585.

FREE PARKING is available in the adjacent Library garage.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Missouri in-service training clock hours will be granted for attending the Early Literacy Symposium.


Monday, June 1, 2015
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge (SPARK) partners with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Kansas City Public Library, to offer a series of lectures on HASF’s summer production of King Lear presented in Southmoreland Park, June 16 - July 5, 2015.

The lectures take place on five consecutive Mondays in June in Cohen Center on the lower level of the Plaza Branch.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015
10:00am @ Westport Branch

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.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Serengeti Steve performs over 600 shows a year throughout the country and has been featured as a Las Vegas finalist on NBC's hit show "America's Got Talent." His talents have even earned him a place in the famous "Guiness Book of world Records." Although Steve's love of all animals is high on the list, his first love and driving force will always be entertaining the children and adults attending his performances. Steve's greatest asset is his ability to combine a thrilling yet comical presentation which involves audience participation.

Suitable for all ages. Parking is free.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

This event has been canceled at the speaker’s request due to illness.

Rightly or wrongly—and author Robert E. Litan insists it’s wrongly—the public’s esteem for economists plunged in the wake of their inability to forecast the 2008 stock market crash. In truth, Litan says, they are unsung heroes whose theories have driven improvements in daily business practices in areas ranging from investing and energy to air travel and online dating, generating more than a trillion dollars in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Litan makes the case that economists are far more often effective innovators than hit-and-miss prognosticators in a discussion of his book Trillion Dollar Economists: How Economists and Their Ideas Have Transformed Business. A former vice president and director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, he currently is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.