Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Sunday, January 5, 2014
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre Artists read from favorite children's books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to "jump into the story" and participate in an improvised story of their own making.

Appropriate for all ages, Dramatic Story Time programs take place one Sunday each month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2013-2014 school year, beginning October 6, 2013.


Sunday, December 29, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz. Stagecoach. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Wuthering Heights.

Hollywood’s greatest year was 1939, with more memorable movies released than at any other time. Each week throughout 2014, the Library will screen one film from that year: Westerns, musicals, dramas, romances – even titles from the long-running Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, and Andy Hardy series.

To kick off this celebration of celluloid, former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler — now with the Library’s public affairs staff — provides an introductory survey of the films and personalities that made 1939 so memorable.


Friday, December 27, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Christmas is over . . . now what?

Come in from the cold and celebrate winter. Plaza Branch staff members will have crafts, stories, and other fun activities centered around our coolest time of year.

Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, December 20, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Homemade gifts make the best holiday giving, but you might not know how to get started. The Plaza Branch staff is here to help your kids with crafts to give others or keep for themselves.

Supplies will be provided. Parents are asked to stay with their children to assist.

Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, December 13, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Grab your little ones and celebrate the traditions of a Victorian family Christmas.
Wornall House staff members fill the evening with storytelling, parlor games, carols, and a fun history lesson on the origins of Victorian Christmas traditions.

There also will be a beautiful holiday sleigh available as a setting for family or individual photographs.

Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, December 8, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre Artists read from favorite children's books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to "jump into the story" and participate in an improvised story of their own making.

Appropriate for all ages, Dramatic Story Time programs take place one Sunday each month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2013-2014 school year, beginning October 6, 2013.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

By 1940, Kansas City authorities had finally deposed “Boss Tom” Pendergast. In the spring of that year, teams of laborers from the Works Progress Administration began a months-long effort to produce Jackson County’s first systematic property tax assessment.

Part of their job was to photograph every taxable structure in the county. Many of those photos survive in the Missouri Valley Special Collections.

Local historian John Simonson traces the project and presents fascinating examples from this remarkable photographic record from 1940.


Saturday, December 7, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City’s Shane W. Evans, who has earned national acclaim as the illustrator of more than two dozen children’s books, will discuss his latest work, Chocolate Me!, at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2 p.m.


Friday, December 6, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Experience the true spirit of the holidays. Kansas City’s own StoneLion Puppet Theatre brings Santa's workshop to life with intricate marionettes and a charming, larger-than-life dollhouse that opens to reveal a reenactment of Clement C. Moore's famous poem, “The Night Before Christmas.”

StoneLion Puppet Theatre, a professional touring company based in Kansas City, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time magazine’s David Von Drehle and Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan discuss When Fashion Meets Power in the sixth and final offering of the 2013 Dateline: Washington series.

As fashion critic for The Washington Post and now Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Givhan has generated controversy about what politicians wear, saying of one Hillary Clinton outfit, “Just look away!” She criticized Vice President Dick Cheney for wearing a green parka: “I don’t want to be represented by someone … who looks like he’s at a Green Bay Packer game.”