Previous Special Events

Monday, June 27, 2016
(All day) @ Plaza Branch

Enter the untamed world of Dav Pilkey – creator of George, Harold, and the super-powered Captain Underpants – through this imaginative, 16-foot “pop-up book” created by team at Kansas City’s interactive The Rabbit Hole.
On display at other Library locations:

Tuesday, July 5 - Sunday, July 10 | L. H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.
Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 17 | Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Monday, July 18 - Sunday, July 24 | Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Library’s 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances concludes with an original Shakespeare-inspired production – a collage of readings of some of the Bard’s greatest texts, scene enactments, and images of text from the First Folio. Created by Karen Paisley, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s producing artistic director, the production highlights popular and well-known passages while flushing out older, more obscure ones, introducing and reintroducing Shakespeare in a visceral and exciting way.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The book we know as the First Folio wasn’t given that title by the two Shakespeare colleagues who posthumously published his plays in 1623. Its formal name, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, is more functional, laying out genres for the 36 collected plays – like a TV channel offering varying types of movies.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Was the Bard an old-school Jay Z?

Shakespeare’s theatre isn’t as far removed from modern-day hip hop as you might think. Both represent energetic and inventive forms of expression, featuring poetry, wordplay, and lyricism. Both deal with what it is like to be human, with real issues in people’s lives.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

Saro Korso – aka Korso the Curious – delivers breathtaking magic and big laughs, moving from disappearing and reappearing objects to mental mysteries, from classical illusion to the unexpected.


Monday, June 20, 2016
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

Romeo & Juliet’s timeless tale of star-cross’d lovers adds an undead element in Warm Bodies (PG-13, 98 min., 2013), a romance between R, a young zombie (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer), a girl who helps him feel a bit more human.


Friday, June 17, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a singalong with the farmer we all know and love.

Paul Mesner Puppets will also be performing at the following branch locations:
Tuesday, June 14 • 10 a.m. • Westport Branch, 118 Westport Rd.

Wednesday, June 15 • 11 a.m. • Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St., Independence

Thursday, June 16 • 2 p.m. • Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

Friday, June 17
• 10:30 a.m. • North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Rd.


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