Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to all ages.

Get all the info here!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washburn University’s Tom Averill, an O. Henry Award winner, discusses his inventive new novel, which subtly evokes Charles Dickens’ Christmastime classic in telling the story of a small-college librarian in Topeka, Kansas, who’s fascinated by transition – among other things, from the Victorian age to the modern age. Her life, incidentally, is going through major change.

Averill is a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Washburn, and has written three other novels: rode, Secrets of the Tsil Café, and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson. He spoke at the Library in September 2013 as part of its Big Read initiative focusing on the classic Western novel True Grit.


Saturday, December 13, 2014
12:30pm @ Waldo Branch

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to all ages.

Get all the info here!


Friday, December 12, 2014
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy holiday music with a percussive twist. Tri-Percussion Ensemble members John Currey, Mark Lowry, and Ray DeMarchi are joined by drummer Sam Wisman in celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and of course Christmas.

The festive program brings seasonal favorites to life on the marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, chimes, and an eclectic array of rhythmic percussion instruments including West African and Afro-Latin hand drums.

Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to Ages 12 - 18.

Get all the info here!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gabriella Polony-Mountain is one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse artists. Her bold, colorful body of work encompasses sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings. Among her compositions was the mosaic floor of the old Main Library at 12th and McGee.

Christian Cutler, the director of the University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design, tells the fascinating story of the 96-year-old Hungarian émigré who arrived in America in 1951 with her first husband, their luggage, and $120 and soon was winning awards for her architectural commissions. When a loss of strength in her hands made it difficult to work in other mediums, she turned to a loom and weaving.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to Ages 12 - 18.

Get all the info here!


Thursday, December 11, 2014
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to Under 12 at 4 p.m. and to Teens at 5:30 p.m.

Get all the info here!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Civil War may have reached a turning point in 1864, when Ulysses S. Grant became general-in-chief of the Union armies, Confederate defeats continued to mount, and Northern voters in November sustained the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.

On the 150th anniversary of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s arrival in Savannah — approaching the end of a 36-day, 265-mile March to the Sea that was both materially and psychologically devastating to the South — military historian Ethan S. Rafuse leads a panel of colleagues with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in a discussion of the events of the year. Did they, indeed, tip the balance of the war decisively and irretrievably to the North?

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to Ages 12 - 18.

Get all the info here!