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

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Erik Didriksen, a New York musician and Tumblr poet featured in Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, and the A.V. Club, has cleverly reimagined more than 100 classic pop songs as 14-line iambic pentameter Shakespearean sonnets.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Early on, the women in Shakespeare’s works tended to be simple caricatures – shrews to be tamed or sweet little things with no discernible independent thought. As the great writer matured, however, his female characters did, as well. Take the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, whose inner thoughts and feelings were achingly revealed, who was every bit as courageous as Romeo and received equal billing in the title of the play.

Monday, June 13, 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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The entire family can enjoy a celebratory afternoon of special, Shakespeare-centric activities. Learn the basics of stage combat. Make a trebuchet (a catapault) suitable for launching pom-poms or ping pong balls at a Shakespearean target. Or do some Mad Libbing. First Folio Family Fun also features poetry readings, soliloquies, short scene enactments, and Shakespeare on the screen in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault.

Sunday, June 12, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Author, photographer, and local historian Bruce Mathews discusses Charles A. Smith’s work in the first installment of the Library’s 2016 Kansas City Architecture Series.

Saturday, June 11, 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.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
11:00am @ Plaza Branch

Claressa “T-Rex” Shields rose from impoverished Flint, Michigan, to a place in Olympic history, becoming the first American woman to win a gold medal in boxing in London in 2012. The Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary T-Rex (2015; NR), which chronicles her inspiring, against-the-odds story as part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

Artists across the United States and around the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best submitted works make up this unique and thought-provoking traveling exhibit.

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