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

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Comedian Bob Hope appeared in six dozen feature films over a professional career that stretched more than 60 years, most often playing the part of the brash, blustering coward. The Library screens four of them—curated by Time magazine theater critic and Kansas City native Richard Zoglin—on Sundays in June.

The series coincides with Zoglin’s discussion of his new biography Hope: Entertainer of the Century on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Plaza Branch.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

The federal government has been keeping tabs on foreign visitors to these shores for decades. In 1940 the Immigration and Naturalization Service began issuing each of them an Alien Registration number, and in 1944—in the midst of World War II—began to use this number to create individual case files called Alien Files or “A-Files.” They contain all records from any active case of an alien not yet naturalized—visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, and official correspondence—gathered as the individual passed through the U.S. immigration and inspection process.

Archivist Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives of Kansas City shows how the enterprising genealogist, biographer, or historian can access this treasure trove of information. The National Archives preserves and makes available to researchers more than 450,000 A-Files for individuals who were born in 1910 or earlier, many of them with direct connections to this area.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Come to the North East Book Group each month to share your passion for books and join in on riveting book discussions.


Monday, June 8, 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.


Monday, June 8, 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.


Monday, June 8, 2015

This is a great opportunity to learn to cut and piece a quilt from scraps of material. You can bring a project you are currently working on or start a new project. There is a small amount of fabric on hand to choose from if starting a new quilt.


Tuesday, June 9, 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.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015
9:30am @ Plaza Branch

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you. This class focuses on the basics of online navigation and searching. Click here to register.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015
10:00am @ Westport Branch

Make reading come to life with “Stories Alive!” Professional actor Miles McMahon gets kids excited about reading with his engaging and highly energetic renditions of children’s literature, new and old.

Miles weaves classic stories, funny folk tales and charming poems to inspire children with the joys of reading. There is lots of audience participation, letting the kids be performers too.