Events: anytime, any location, all ages

If you require ADA accommodation to utilize Library services or attend events, please notify the Library office at least 48 hours in advance at 816.701.3400.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

Artists across the United States and around the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best submitted works make up this unique and thought-provoking traveling exhibit.


Sunday, July 17, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

For three hot, muggy days in August 1976, the country and much of the world focused on Kansas City and a scramble for delegates at the Republican National Convention. The battle in Kemper Arena between incumbent President Gerald Ford and challenger Ronald Reagan was the last time our country saw a presidential nomination decided at the convention, itself.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Mad Science of Greater Kansas City activates an interactive Rube Goldberg machine – an over-complicated contraption that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task. In this case, it’s to get you to open a book. Great for all ages!


Saturday, July 30, 2016

It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jane Austen remains famous today for Pride and Prejudice and other novels in which she reflects on the life of the British land gentry at the end of the 18th century. Critics often say she did so at the expense of more meaningful commentary on the politics of the day.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

From its early days as a cowtown – a jumping-off point to the West and shipping center for meat and wheat – Kansas City not only grew into a Midwest manufacturing and commercial hub. It also blossomed into a cultural center. During a time of rapid change in popular music, the sounds of military marches gave way in the city to syncopated ragtime and lively jazz.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Local author and illustrator Corey Phillips discusses his “colorful” take on the Royals’ championship season, Take the Crayon: A Royal World Champions 2015 Coloring Book.

Attendees are also invited to take part in adult coloring activities during the event. Copies of Phillips’ book will be available for purchase ($10).

Refreshments are provided; enjoy light snacks, beer courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Co., and retro sodas from the Central Library Café.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Less than 100 days before Americans go to the polls, the latest installment of Dateline: Washington examines what has been one of the most extraordinary election years in the nation’s history. TIME magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with former Politico writer Mike Allen, spotlighting the bruising contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and the potential ramifications further down each ticket.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Begin your First Friday outing at the Central Library with visits to our two galleries, live music, refreshments, and more during an open house showcasing some of the building's unique spaces.


Friday, August 5, 2016

After five weeks of drama classes, participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience.

Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by youth ages 3-17 taught by theatre instructor John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

All ages.


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