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The flagship of Kansas City's library system, this former bank building offers live events and room rentals. Parking is available in across the street. Look for the giant books. For more information, call 816-701-3400.
Where:
14 W. 10th,
Kansas City MO
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Upcoming Events

  • Apr 18 2:00 pm

    Sci-Fi Friday

    Waldo is pleased to show the classic silent film, "Metropolis." This 1927 film, set in 2026, contrasts the working class who must slave away and live underground and the rich who live above ground enjoying the fruit of the workers' labor. Part commentary on the society of the 1920's, part...

     

  • Apr 18 6:30 pm

    Bunny Day

    Hoppity-hop on over the Plaza Kid Corner for stories and crafts celebrating one of our favorite animals -- bunnies! Appropriate for all ages.

     

  • Apr 20 1:00 pm

    Yoga for Everyone

    From novice to more advanced, this class is a perfect way to get exercise while practicing relaxations techniques.

     

  • Apr 21 5:00 pm

    GED Class

    Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Catch these study sessions designed to help those trying to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Pre-registration required. Call 816-418-7150.

     

  • Apr 21 6:30 pm

    Make or Break: Decision Time for KCMO Schools

    After months of contentious debate, the Missouri State Board of Education has finalized a plan to address the state’s unaccredited school districts. Squarely in its sights is the Kansas City, Missouri School District, which has been operating without state accreditation since 2012. Coupled with...

     

  • Apr 22 9:30 am

    Computer Basics

    Learn more about getting around on your computer in this class, which will offer insights into hardware and software components and their uses. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.

     

  • Apr 22 11:00 am

    Yoga for Everyone

    From novice to more advanced, this class is a perfect way to get exercise while practicing relaxations techniques.

     

  • Apr 22 6:00 pm

    Fourth Tuesday Book Group

    Join the Library and the American Association of University Women on the fourth Tuesday of each month as they host discussions of noteworthy books.
    April's selection is "Aftermath: A Novel" by Brian Shawver.

     

  • Apr 23 2:00 pm

    Learn Google Search

    This informal class will introduce attendees to the features of Google Search, the most popular search engine in the world. This course is taught by members of the Google Community Leaders Program. Attendance is free and open to the public.Central Library - Room 311 (3rd floor)
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  • Apr 23 5:00 pm

    GED Class

    Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Catch these study sessions designed to help those trying to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Pre-registration required. Call 816-418-7150.

     

  • Apr 25 10:00 am

    Great Decisions

    A nation-wide program of the Foreign Policy Association to broaden public involvement with the most important foreign policy topics facing the U.S.

     

  • Apr 25 6:30 pm

    Earth Day

    Celebrate Mother Earth and learn how to protect the environment with some fun activities in honor of Earth Day.

     

  • Apr 27 1:00 pm

    Yoga for Everyone

    From novice to more advanced, this class is a perfect way to get exercise while practicing relaxations techniques.

     

  • Apr 28 5:00 pm

    GED Class

    Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Catch these study sessions designed to help those trying to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Pre-registration required. Call 816-418-7150.

     

  • Apr 29 9:30 am

    Internet Basics

    Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you. This class focuses on the basics of online navigation and searching. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.

     

  • Apr 29 11:00 am

    Yoga for Everyone

    From novice to more advanced, this class is a perfect way to get exercise while practicing relaxations techniques.

     

  • Apr 30 4:30 pm

    Dress for Success(Girls Only!)

    Are you interested in making a good impression on future employers or college recruiters? In this workshop learn how to dress for success (on a budget) & make a lasting positive impression that puts you ahead of the competition for education and employment opportunities.
    Girls Only!

     

  • Apr 30 5:00 pm

    GED Class

    Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Catch these study sessions designed to help those trying to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Pre-registration required. Call 816-418-7150.

     

  • May 2 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

  • May 3 1:30 pm

    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

    Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s...

     

  • May 3 2:00 pm

    The Loving Story

    Just weeks after marrying in Washington, D.C., in 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving (he was white, she was African American) were dragged from their bed in the middle of the night and jailed for violating a Virginia law against marrying a person of a different race. Convicted, they were banished...

     

  • May 3 2:00 pm

    Mike and Roxie: Growing Food in Kansas City

    Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their book Mike and Roxie’s Vegetable Paradise, which is both a how-to manual and a memoir based on the authors’ years of gardening.Their talk complements the launch of the Seed Library at the Kansas City...

     

  • May 6 9:30 am

    Storytime For Twos

    Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

     

  • May 6 10:00 am

    Preschool Storytime

    Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

     

  • May 6 6:30 pm

    The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance

    According to an ancient Frankish ordinance, “He who claims that someone else is covered in dung shall be liable to pay 120 denari.” In Skamania County, Washington, it is a felony to commit the “premeditated, willful and wanton” slaying of a sasquatch

     

  • May 8 6:30 pm

    S. - Doug Dorst

    A writer and a filmmaker join creative forces to craft a unique work that can only be read the old-fashioned way, by turning the pages. A layered literary mystery, S. uses the story of a nameless man without a memory to tell another story of two college students’ romance and their...

     

  • May 9 1:00 pm

    Second Friday Movie

    42 - starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison FordHistory was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn...

     

  • May 9 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

  • May 10 10:00 am

    Computer Basics

    Learn the basic functions of your computer such as using the mouse and keyboard. This class also offers insights into hardware and software components. Registration is required. Call 701-3488 to register.

     

  • May 10 1:30 pm

    The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

    Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s...

     

  • May 10 2:00 pm

    Westport Historical Society Speaker Series

    The Westport Historical Society and the Westport Branch Library present William (Bill) Bundschu: Abuse and Murder on the Frontier
    Second Saturday Speaker Series, May 10th, 2014 @ 2:00pm
    Westport Branch Library, 118 Westport Road
    Speaker's reception follows at the Harris Kearney...

     

  • May 13 9:30 am

    Storytime For Twos

    Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

     

  • May 13 10:00 am

    Preschool Storytime

    Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

     

  • May 13 6:30 pm

    An Old Black Man Meets Old Man River

    Thirty years ago Eddy Harris took a solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River. The result was the acclaimed Mississippi Solo: A River Quest.As he prepares a second journey down the big river, Harris discusses his past and present and the changes the intervening years have wrought

     

  • May 14 6:30 pm

    Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

    Jonathan Swift is known today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the classic satiric fantasy. But during his lifetime, Swift was famous as a major political and religious figure and as a national hero who fiercely protested English exploitation of his native Ireland. In a discussion of his...

     

  • May 15 6:30 pm

    The Cavalry of the American Civil War

    For most of the Civil War, the role of cavalry was limited to reconnaissance and screening infantry movements.But at the Battle of Yellow Tavern (Virginia) on May 11, 1864, a mounted federal force defeated the legendary rebel cavalry of J.E.B. Stuart, who was mortally wounded and died a day...

     

  • May 16 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

  • May 17 1:30 pm

    Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

    Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s...

     

  • May 18 2:00 pm

    Steaks, Stockyards, and Sin: Kansas City’s Meat & Potato Past - Charles Ferruzza

    A now forgotten advertising slogan once proclaimed that Kansas City

     

  • May 20 9:30 am

    Storytime For Twos

    Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

     

  • May 20 10:00 am

    Preschool Storytime

    Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

     

  • May 20 6:30 pm

    Edith Roosevelt

    Aristocratic and sophisticated, tasteful and discreet, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt, ran the White House with a sure hand. But her reputation as a secular saint is misleading, says historian Lewis L. Gould, who among other things points to her virulent racism.Gould taught...

     

  • May 21 6:30 pm

    The Prodigal Son - Kimberla Lawson Roby

    Best-selling urban fiction author Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses and reads from the latest novel in her popular series about the Rev. Curtis Black and his frequently dysfunctional family. Here the Reverend tries to win back his estranged son Matthew while dealing with long-hidden offspring...

     

  • May 22 6:30 pm

    Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America

    Incredibly wealthy individuals and corporations are radically redefining our electoral process in a way that, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy. That’s the alarm raised by John Nichols in a discussion of his new exposé (co-written with Robert McChesney) of...

     

  • May 24 10:00 am

    Internet Basics

    Navigate the Internet with Mozilla Firefox, learn how to do online searches and more in this free class which lasts approximately one hour. Registration is required. Call 701-3488 to register.

     

  • May 24 1:30 pm

    Juarez (1939)

    Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s...

     

  • May 27 9:30 am

    Storytime For Twos

    Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

     

  • May 27 10:00 am

    Preschool Storytime

    Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

     

  • May 27 6:30 pm

    Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

    Isaac Burns Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, and his 44 percent overall win rate remains unmatched. In the late 1880s he was the highest-paid athlete in the United States. And he was an African American. Pellom McDaniels III discusses his new biography of Murphy,...

     

  • May 28 6:30 pm

    Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened

    In 1982-83, William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, a chronicle of traveling America’s back roads, spent 42 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.Thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, Least Heat-Moon re-examines the making of the book in a discussion of Writing Blue...

     

  • May 29 6:30 pm

    Why Healthy Oceans Matter

    Marine biologist Nancy Knowlton knows the wonders of our oceans and the weird and wondrous creatures that call it home. She also recognizes how ocean life is threatened by human activity and what is being done to turn the tide of destruction.Knowlton’s talk is the kickoff event of Conserving...

     

  • May 30 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

  • May 31 1:30 pm

    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

    Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s...

     

  • Jun 6 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

  • Jun 13 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

  • Jun 27 5:00 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering

    Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

     

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