Summer Reading: 2014 Events

Summer Reading

Join us from June 1st through August 2nd for the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Summer Reading Events by Branch

Bluford Branch
Central Library
North-East Branch


Plaza Branch
Ruiz Branch
Southeast Branch
Sugar Creek Branch

Trails West Branch
Waldo Branch
Westport Branch



BLUFORD BRANCH
3050 Prospect | Kansas City, MO 64128 | 816.701.3482

Monday, June 9 | 1 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

Friday, June 25 | 2 p.m.
StoneLion Puppets Presents The Lab Rat Experiment

Fizz, Boom, Pow! A science experiment has gone terribly wrong and the animals have taken over the lab. Will they take over the world? Join StoneLion and Einstein R Rat, super genius, in this wacky musical to answer that question as well as learn about the three states of matter, magnetic attraction and other awesome science concepts! Appropriate for all ages.

Wednesday, July 9 | 1 p.m.
Kansas City Zoo Presents The Magical World of Animals

Be prepared to have your audience become mesmerized by the wild world of animals and all their wonderful fun facts. In this presentation, we will take them on a magical journey around the world discovering animals and their homes. Appropriate for all ages.

Wednesday, July 16 | 6 p.m.
Dr. Ron’s Amazing Family Science Day

Are you ready to be amazed, excited, entertained, and educated? Join us for several hands-on,possibly messy activities at our Family Science Day. Appropriate for ages 3-12.

Wednesday, July 30 | 6 p.m.
Brian Wendling Presents Juggling! Comedy! Energy!

International Jugglers Association team champion Brian Wendling tosses his juggling skills and audience antics into high-energy fun! Give Brian three or more objects, and he’ll juggle them. Add three or more spectators, and you’ll wonder if he’s juggling the objects or the people! Appropriate for all ages.


CENTRAL LIBRARY
14 W. 10th St. | Kansas City, MO 64105 | 816.701.3400

Tuesday, June 3 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.

Tuesday, June 10 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.

Tuesday, June 17 | 10 a.m.
StoneLion Puppets Presents The Lab Rat Experiment

Friday, June 20 | 1 p.m
Dr. Ron’s Amazing Family Science Day!

Tuesday, June 24 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.

Thursday, June 26 | 10 a.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

Friday, June 27 | 1 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, CRAFTS!

Tuesday, July 1 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.

Tuesday, July 8 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.

Friday, July 11 | 1 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, CRAFTS!

Tuesday, July 15 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.

Friday, July 18 | 1 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, CRAFTS!

Tuesday, July 22 | 10 a.m.
Dino O’Dell

Join Dino at your branch library for a music and storytelling science adventure about stars, meteors and planets. Meet Grandpa O'Dell, Zar, the space alien and the cowboy stargazer, Joe, in this educational, interactive and fun show.

Thursday, July 24 | 10 a.m.
Paul Mesner Puppets Presents The Stinky Cheese Man

Adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The story contains zany versions of classic tales with the fabulous humor that has made this Caldecott Award winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith so popular. You will have fun with Jack, the narrator, who takes you through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken or is that Chicken Little? And then there is Cinderumpelstiltskin. Will she have to spin her own dress? Will she go to the ball? The Really Ugly Duckling will make you laugh and cry and everyone will leave with a somewhat revised view of that Little Red Hen. The story is not only entertaining but also explains how a book is constructed.

Friday, July 25 | 1 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, CRAFTS!

Tuesday, July 29 | 10 a.m.
Join us for songs, stories, occasional crafts, and fun. Appropriate for birth - 5.


NORTH-EAST BRANCH
6000 Wilson Rd. | Kansas City, MO 64123 | 801.701.3485

Saturday, May 31 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kick-off Party

Fizz, Boom, Read! Let’s kick off the Summer Reading Program with a bang! Games, activities, crafts, snacks, and more! Join the North-East Branch and local community organizations in the Library parking lot for this fun and festive event for the whole family! Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, June 3 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Find your voice. Share your voice. Create your own story. Design a website or a game. Produce a podcast or a web series. Create! Create! Create! facebook.com/kcdml, @KCDML. Open to youth ages 13-18.

Thursday, June 5 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Do crazy science experiments an make explosive crafts! Something new each week! Appropriate for kids and teens.

Friday, June 6 | 10:30 a.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

Tuesday, June 10 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, June 12 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, June 13 | 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, June 17 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, June 19 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, June 20 | 10:30 a.m.
Kansas City Zoo Presents The Magical World of Animals

Tuesday, June 24 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, June 26 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, June 27 | 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, July 1 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, July 3 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Tuesday, July 8 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, July 10 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, July 11 | 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Friday, July 11 | 1 p.m.
Mr. Kneel Presents Hip Hop for Families

Neil is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop Emcee and Beatboxer. He uses his talents as "Mr. Kneel" to encourage and uplift children of all ages.

Tuesday, July 15 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, July 17 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, July 18 | 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, July 22 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, July 24 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, July 25 | 10:30 a.m.
Paul Mesner Puppet Theater Presents The Stinky Cheese Man

Tuesday, July 27 | 3:30 - 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY DIGITAL MEDIA LAB

Thursday, July 31 | 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Friday, August 1 | 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, August 2 | 11 a.m. - 12 noon
SUMMER READING FINALE SCIENCE PARTY!

Prepare to be amazed by Dr. Ron’s Science Spectacular! Join in the fun with hands-on activities and experiments! Beware: This may get messy! Appropriate for ages 3-12.


PLAZA BRANCH
5801 Main St. | Kansas City, MO 64112 | 816.701.3481

Monday, June 2 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Join us for a science experiment, craft, or some other kind of science-y fun in the Art Spot. Something new every week! Appropriate for all ages.

Wednesday, June 4 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MANIA - Epic (PG)

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN, June 6 | 6:30 p.m.
Dino O’Dell

Monday, June 9 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Tuesday, June 10 | 10 a.m.
Kansas City Zoo Presents The Magical World of Animals

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN, June 13 | 6:30 p.m.
StoneLion Puppets Presents The Lab Rat Experiment

Saturday, June 14 | 1:30 p.m.
KIDS TEAM UP FOR ART

Artists from the Westport Center for the Arts lead kids-only creativity in the Kid corner Art Spot. Appropriate for ages 5-14.

Monday, June 16 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Wednesday, June 18 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MANIA - Despicable Me 2 (PG)

Monday, June 23 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Tuesday, June 24 | 10 a.m.
Janie Next Door

Kids, teachers, and parents are encouraged to sing along, march, clap hands in time to the music, dance and take part in the fun of a live musical performance. Janie’s smile and enthusiasm are contagious, and her original songs are so catchy that they’ll stick in your head, and you won’t want
them to leave!

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN, June 27 | 6:30 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

Monday, June 30 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Wednesday, July 2 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MANIA - Planes (PG)

Monday, July 7 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Tuesday, July 8 | 10 a.m.
Dr. Ron’s Amazing Family Science Day!

Are you ready to be amazed, excited, entertained, and educated? Join us for several hands-on, possibly messy activities at our Family Science Day. Appropriate for ages 3-12.

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN, July 11 | 6:30 p.m.
Happy Faces Entertainment Presents The Jester Tells All

Cornelius and his talking jester stick Poppy let kids help tell the stories of adventure and laughter. Learn the life of this jester and some of the great characters he meets along the way. Everyone becomes a part of the stories and even helps create the final adventure. The stories come alive and teach the kids great life lessons.

Saturday, July 12 | 1:30 p.m.
KIDS TEAM UP FOR ART

Monday, July 14 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Wednesday, July 16 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MANIA - Turbo (PG)

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN, July 18 | 6:30
Kansas City YOUth Fringe

Saturday, July 19 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
YOUth Fringe Festival
kicks off on Friday and continues all day Saturday! The annual festival showcases a variety of performances by youth for youth. Come see what our talented young people have to offer!

Monday, July 21 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Wednesday, July 23 | 1:30 p.m.
Paul Mesner Puppets Presents The Stinky Cheese Man

Monday, July 28 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN!

Monday, July 28 | 1:30 p.m.
Sugar Free All Stars

Imagine that Deep Purple and Sly and the Family Stone had a love child that grew up in New Orleans listening to Ray Charles, Black Sabbath and Booker T. That love child would be the Sugar Free Allstars. Add to the mix a touch of pop songwriting sensibilities, humor and a high-energy live show and you’ve got the Sugar Free Allstars.

Wednesday, July 30 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MANIA - Frozen (PG)

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN, Friday, August 1 | 6:30 p.m.
Jim Cosgrove

Kansas City digs Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove. Come sing, dance, and play in the band during this high-energy, interactive show that will get the whole family rockin’. Check out Jim’s music and videos at jimcosgrove.com.


RUIZ BRANCH
2017 W. Pennway | Kansas City, MO 64108 | 816.701.3487

Saturday, June 14 | 12 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

Saturday, July 12 | 12 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Fire and Ice!

Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientists! Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion will amaze children as they learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and the states of matter.

Saturday, August 9 | 12 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Up Up and Away

This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air.


SOUTHEAST BRANCH
6242 Swope Pkwy. | Kansas City, MO 64130 | 816.701.3484

Tuesday, June 10 | 10 a.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

Monday, June 16 | 10 a.m.
Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters Presents Chain Reaction

Tuesday, July 8 | 10 a.m.
Kansas City Zoo Presents The Magical World of Animals

Tuesday, July 22 | 10 a.m.
Paul Mesner Puppets Presents The Stinky Cheese Man

Monday, July 28 | 10 a.m.
Sugar Free All Stars



SUGAR CREEK BRANCH
102 S. Sterling | Sugar Creek, MO 64054 | 816.701.3489

Monday, June 16 | 3 p.m.
StoneLion Puppets Presents The Lab Rat Experiment

Wednesday, July 9 | 3 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!



TRAILS WEST BRANCH
11401 E. 23rd St. | Independence, MO 64052 | 816.701.3483

Monday, June 9 | 10 a.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN! Wild Weather

Join us we explore and play with various topics that will be fizz, boom, fun for all. Appropriate for ages 6-10.

Wednesday, June 11 | 10:30 a.m.
RED, YELLOW, AND BLUE

Join us we read great books about colors and have a fun color craft!

Friday, June 13 | 11 a.m.
Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari

Monday, June 16 | 10 a.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN! Food Fun

Wednesday, June 18 | 10:30 a.m.
Stone Lion Puppets The Lab Rat Experiment

Friday, June 27 | 10:30 a.m.
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

Not at this storytime! We are going to read some stormy books and have a rainy craft.

Monday, July 7 | 10 a.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN! Junior Detectives

Wednesday, July 9 | 11 a.m.
Mad Science Spin Pop Boom!

Friday, July 11 | 10:30 a.m.
SEEDS, FLOWERS, AND TREES

We’ll be reading stories about things growing in the ground.

Monday, July 14 | 10 a.m.
FIZZ, BOOM, FUN! Mythbusters

Wednesday, July 16 | 10:30 a.m.
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE

We’re going to explore our senses in this fun storytime.

Friday, July 25 | 11 a.m.
Kansas City Zoo The Magical World of Animals

Saturday, August 9 | 10:30am
SUMMER READING FINALE PARTY

It’s been a great summer and now it’s time to celebrate! Join us for several hands-on, possibly messy activities that will be fun for the entire family. We’ll also have games, prizes, and snacks.


WALDO BRANCH
201 E. 75th St. | Kansas City, MO 64114 | 816.701.3486

Thursday, June 12 | 2 p.m.
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

We’ll explore optical illusions through stories and activities. Appropriate for preschool and up.

Thursday, June 19 | 2 p.m.
Mad Science Presents Spin Pop Boom!

Thursday, June 26 | 2 p.m.
Kansas City Zoo Presents The Magical World of Animals

Thursday, July 3 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MADNESS - The Great Mouse Detective (G)

Thursday, July 10 | 2 p.m.
Doo-Dad Mike

Mike Niewald (Doo-Dad Mike), is the founder, lead singer and songwriter of the popular Kansas City-based band, The Doo-Dads. Mike’s solo performances are high energy, interactive, acoustic performances featuring many Doo-Dad favorites along with other children’s songs.

Thursday, July 17 | 2 p.m.
SIGHT AND SOUND

We’ll explore sight and sound through stories and activities.

Thursday, July 24 | 2 p.m.
Paul Mesner Puppets Presents The Stinky Cheese Man

Wednesday, July 30 | 2 p.m.
Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters Presents Chain Reaction

Thursday, July 31 | 2 p.m.
MOVIE MANIA - Night at the Museum (PG)



WESTPORT BRANCH
118 Westport Rd. | Kansas City, MO 64111 | 816.701.3488

Tuesday, June 24 | 10 a.m.
StoneLion Puppets Presents The Lab Rat Experiment

Tuesday, July 15 | 10 a.m.
Kansas City Zoo Presents The Magical World of Animals

Wednesday, July 23 | 10 a.m.
Paul Mesner Puppets Presents The Stinky Cheese Man

Tuesday, July 29 | 10 a.m.
Sugar Free All Stars

Tuesday, August 5 | 10 a.m.
Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters Presents Chain Reaction