Previous Special Events

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kids can show off their food-based architectural skills by building a graham cracker house (like a gingerbread house, only with graham crackers) during a morning of holiday crafts and games. Non-holiday crafts will also be available. Appropriate for ages up to 8 years old.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

Young and aspiring makers are invited to a day of digital building and storytelling.

Activities include 3-D design and building, stop motion animation, LEGO construction, and recreating several local landmarks in Minecraft. Participants of all skill levels have five hours to complete a project, guided by representatives from the Library’s Department of Youth & Family Engagement and Kansas City Digital Media Lab, Science City, Urban TEC, and aSTEAM Village. Made possible by the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. Ages 9-18.

Friday, December 11, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.

Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

As Jen Mann notes, her nationally popular blog is called "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" and not "Rainbows and Unicorns." So it’s no surprise that her take on Christmas isn’t all warm and sugary. But it’s drop-dead hilarious.

The suburban Johnson County, Kansas, wife, mother, and best-selling writer gives the holiday season her inimitable spin in a discussion of her new book Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers and Other Seasonal Scourges.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kansas-reared Robert Day, author of the modern western classic The Last Cattle Drive, sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a wide-ranging conversation in conjunction with the launch of his second novel, Let Us Imagine Lost Love. Day sets this story largely on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza and revolves it around a book designer reminiscing about youthful misunderstandings and secret longings for women, about experiences both beautiful and ugly, as he tries to make sense of his life.

Raised in Merriam, Kansas, Day earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kansas and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. He taught initially at Fort Hays State University and then for 35 years at Washington College.

He has established the Robert and Kathryn Day Endowment for the Literary Arts to benefit the Library.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

No other resident of Kansas City, past or present, has achieved the worldwide fame of Walt Disney. He created the animated Mickey Mouse and established a motion picture, TV, and theme park empire that has grown bigger and more lucrative in the 50 years since his death.

Robert W. Butler, longtime film critic for The Kansas City Star, former writer in the Library’s public affairs department, and co-author of Walt Disney’s Missouri, traces Disney’s improbable path to success.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

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.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
8:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Have you always wanted to portray a figure from a movie, book, or video game? The Library has a special event for you. Come in a costume and dance at the Cosplay Ball. There’ll also be workshops on costume design and makeup. Appropriate for ages 12-18.

Friday, December 4, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.

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