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

Tuesday, August 12, 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's garage is free for ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
10:00am @ Westport Branch

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This month, teens are invited to a series of free films based on popular Young Adult novels.

In the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Midwest’s small towns have produced the entrepreneurial likes of Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Walt Disney; artists and entertainers such as Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Carl Sandburg, and Johnny Carson; and political titans William McKinley, William Jennings Bryan, and Ronald Reagan.

In a discussion of his new book, Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America, author John E. Miller explores the lives of those and other notables and the small-town environments from which they came. In their stories, as Miller tells them, all appear in a new light – unique in their backgrounds and accomplishments, united only in the way their lives reveal the persisting, shaping power of place.


Wednesday, August 13, 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's garage is free for ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A new yoga class with "The Yoga Guy" is starting at Westport! We will be learning yoga basics, but all levels are welcome! Come learn to exercise, relax, and play with yoga. *Please bring your own mat.*


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

At 7 in the morning on February 21, 1916, the ground in northern France began to shake. For the next 10 hours, some 1,200 German guns showered shells on a salient in French lines. The onslaught collapsed dugouts, obliterated trenches, severed communication wires, and drove men mad. The Battle of Verdun had begun.

Drawing from his book, Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War, Brandeis University historian Paul Jankowski looks back on what became one of history’s greatest and most demanding battlefield encounters – a 302-day nightmare that left an estimated 303,000 French and German soldiers dead and more than 400,000 wounded.