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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Classes are designed to help students study and obtain a General Equivalency Diploma, the equivalent of a high school diploma. To register, call the Adult Basic Education office at 816-418-7150.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Why do some children succeed and others fail? Answers don’t come from the ACT, SAT, or other measures of intelligence, Paul Tough says. The author points to less calculable qualities such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

In a discussion of his best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Tough introduces us to researchers and educators who are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their experiences, he traces the links between childhood stress and achievement. He uncovers surprising ways in which parents prepare — and fail to prepare — children for adulthood. And he offers new insights into how to help youngsters growing up in poverty.


Thursday, May 8, 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, and parking in the Library garage is free to ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Please join us as we enjoy a variety of games and share fun and good times!


Thursday, May 8, 2014
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Come get your game on and try out the new PS4 with games like Warframe and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Or you can go old school and play our huge collection of games for the Wii and PS2!

This event is open to all teenagers and is completely free!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

A writer and a filmmaker join creative forces to craft a unique work that can only be read the old-fashioned way, by turning the pages. A layered literary mystery, S. uses the story of a nameless man without a memory to tell another story of two college students’ romance and their life-threatening pursuit of an author’s carefully hidden secret identity.

In a conversation with Kaite Stover, the Library’s director of readers’ services, Doug Dorst explains how he and co-creator J.J. Abrams (TV’s Lost and Alias) conceived of and created S., in which the story on the printed page dovetails with the scribblings of two readers in the margins and the various objects — photos, maps, telegrams, postcards, letters — found hidden between those pages.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Authors Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat introduce young readers to the newly re-illustrated Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot book series – written by Pilkey and drawn by Santat.

Pilkey is the man behind the popular Captain Underpants and Super Diaper Baby series of children’s books. Santat, an award-winning author and illustrator, created the animated Disney Channel series The Replacements.

Books purchased during the event will be available for signing after the presentation.


Friday, May 9, 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, and parking in the Library garage is free to ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!