Previous Special Events

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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day.

Friday, May 13, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

They’re artifacts, nearly 400 years old, and only 233 are known to have survived to today. But what else has driven collectors to pay as much as $6 million for copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio? What renders this 900-page book so important that it merits a nationwide tour?


Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Incentives of various types are widely offered to encourage and promote economic development – a point of competition and controversy in a years-long “border war” between Missouri and Kansas.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Santa Fe Trail was best known as a commercial route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. But while Americans called it “the road to Santa Fe,” Mexicans knew it as “el Camino a los Estados Unidos” – the road to the United States. Immigrants making their way up the corridor eventually outnumbered Americans coming the other way.


Monday, May 9, 2016
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

U.S. policy on Israel has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and America’s strong commitment to Israeli security. Their ties are so close today that, when differences arise, they tend to make news. But that wasn’t always the case.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
(All day)

The Kansas City Public Library joins other libraries nationwide in celebrating the world of comic books, giving away hundreds of free comics at all 10 Library locations. It’s first come, first served.

Free Comic Book Day is observed annually the first Saturday in May.


Friday, May 6, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Students from Community School #1 perform poems and songs from the album Free to Be…You and Me, compiled by Marlo Thomas in 1972. This empowering event encourages children to think about endless possibilities and unleash their creativity.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

The PBS documentary series Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Reshaped a Nation chronicles the rich history and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. The Library screens the episode Empire of Dreams, covering the period from 1880-1942, when an influx of newly immigrated Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans began arriving and building strong communities in our country.


Thursday, May 5, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

John Hay and Samuel Clemens grew up some 50 miles apart along the Mississippi River and became acquainted early in their respective careers – Hay as private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, Clemens as a writer who would gain fame as Mark Twain.


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