Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

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.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Alexander von Humboldt was, in his time, one of the most interesting men in the world.

The 19th-century explorer and naturalist climbed volcanoes and raced through anthrax-infested Siberia, and his scientific discoveries changed the way we see the natural world. He noted similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change, ushering in modern environmentalism.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From modest attendance of 120 at its first service held in 1990 in the chapel of a local funeral home – the Rev. Adam Hamilton has nurtured Kansas City’s Church of the Resurrection into the largest United Methodist church in the nation, serving more than 20,000 members across four campuses. It expects to open a new, visually striking, $90 million sanctuary in Leawood, Kansas, by next Easter.


Sunday, May 1, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre artists read from Peter Brown’s story of individuality and self-expression, revolving around an all-too-dignified tiger who sheds his starched collars and top hats to loosen up and “be … wild.”

Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation.


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