Events: anytime, Plaza Branch, all ages

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead. Sing, dance, and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with KC-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

On the day of the show, Jim will collect winter clothing items on behalf of the nonprofit Artists Helping the Homeless (artistshelpingthehomeless​.org). Items of need range from socks and long underwear to gloves, scarves, and hats. All sizes accepted (adult large and XL items needed most). Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

We hear and read of it abroad, but the trafficking of children for sex is all too common in America. Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist and producer Tim Matsui shines a light on the issue in his riveting documentary, The Long Night, weaving together the stories of seven people — young girls forced or coerced into the sex trade, their parents, and police — whose lives have been forever changed.

Set in Seattle, the 72-minute film was named the Pictures of the Year International's top documentary project of 2014. It is screened in the Truman Forum Auditorium, and Matsui leads a subsequent discussion with local advocates and others on the issue’s front lines.

Co-presented by the Kansas City/Mid-America chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and Pictures of the Year International.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The stories seem more prevalent and disturbing today than ever: kids being pushed in one or more sports to the point of burnout before high school, parents fighting with referees and umpires, coaches berating their pint-sized players.

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Montgomery, psychologist Andrew Jacobs, and Hall of Fame swimming coach Peter Malone have seen firsthand the issues that are making youth sports increasingly difficult for all – especially the young participants.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Kansas City-area entertainers Jay and Leslie Cady apply their antics – juggling, mime, magic, and other nonsense – to the tradition of holiday gift giving. It’s family fun with a bow on top. Appropriate for all ages.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Coterie Theatre artists read from David Ezra Stein’s best-selling Caldecott Honor Book about a little red chicken who can’t stop herself from interrupting her bedtime stories, altering the tales to save the characters from their missteps. But when it’s her turn to tell a tale, will her yawning Papa make it to the end without his own interruption?

Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Everyone has a reader in their life, even if that reader is you.

In a first-of-its-kind event the Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Readers’ Services, Kaite Stover, hosts librarians from across the Kansas City area in a discussion of great reads that make great holiday gifts. The program features experts in popular genres including fantasy, young adult, crime fiction, classics, and nonfiction. Whether you are looking for book ideas for yourself or to give as Christmas gifts, you’re sure to find something with the help of librarians who are trained to make recommendations based solely on readers' tastes.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Piccadilly Productions delivers a sweet, family-friendly show featuring Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues. All ages.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Library, in partnership with American Public Square, launches a series of discussions of polarizing local issues – minus the incivility and insults that all too often feed polarity.

Kansas City’s new streetcar line will run from the River Market through downtown and to on Crown Center. Where should it go in the future? North to KCI? South to Brookside and Waldo? East? Is this the future for public transit in the city? If so, who pays for it?

Co-presented by American Public Square.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.

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