Signature Events

Post Date: Mon, June 14, 2021

The Library’s annual summer skyline film series returns with a fresh lineup of FREE outdoor movies! This year we’re shifting our location to the top level of the Community Bookshelf Parking Garage, just across Baltimore Ave. from the Central Library. Our monstrously entertaining collection of films features cosmic creatures holding court with all-star cartoons, big-eared beasties hitting the Big Apple for some midnight snacking, a fearsome and furry myth befriending a family, and the ancestor of a notorious mad scientist has a frank reckoning with a grave legacy.

Post Date: Fri, May 28, 2021

Rebecca Solnit is, in her words, “a person who lives by books, in books, for books, who makes books, who searches for the words, stories, meanings, patterns that end up in books, or can be found in books.” 

No surprise, the renowned author, historian, and activist has a passion for libraries. 

Post Date: Fri, August 28, 2020

In August 2020, the Library hosted programs covering equal rights. Check out our latest roundup of signature event videos from the past month.

Post Date: Tue, December 22, 2020

Check out our latest roundup of signature event videos from the past month.

Post Date: Sat, May 21, 2022

“This is really about the community,” said U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo during her April 14 visit to the Library. "It’s not about one person standing up here. This is all of us coming together.” For the past two months, Kansas Citians engaged in Big Read 2022 book discussions, speaker events, film screenings, and other activities revolving around Harjo's An American Sunrise. As the celebration draws to a close, we look back on memorable moments.
 

Post Date: Tue, June 26, 2018

Kansas has seen advances in LGBT acceptance and rights over the past decade and a half that belies perceptions of one of the country’s most famously red states. Progress has come fitfully, to be sure. But it has come nonetheless, and C.J. Janovy details the advances in both attitude and deed in the Library’s latest FYI Book Club selection, No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas.

Post Date: Wed, November 10, 2021

Want a read on the progress women are making in society, on where they once stood or stand now in their centuries-long struggle for equal access and opportunity? “All you have to do,” Mallory O’Meara says, “is look into the bottom of a glass.” The Library’s latest FYI Book Club selection is Mallory O’Meara’s Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol.

Post Date: Fri, August 3, 2018

Cartooning pioneer Will Eisner helped develop a new style of visual storytelling: the graphic novel. Eisner's work is the focus of a Library exhibit currently on display at the Central Library, Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017. In conjunction, the Library recaps a recent presentation about Eisner’s impact on artists and readers alike, and we highlight some notable titles in our graphic novel collection – both physical and digital.
 

Post Date: Tue, July 10, 2018

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently announced his retirement, a national conversation kicked into gear regarding the process of nominating and confirming a new justice to our nation’s highest court. To help make sense of the SCOTUS – its history, its role in our society, the personalities in its ranks – the Library has gathered a collection of resources to help you explore how its decisions have influenced the country and the lives of its people.
 

Post Date: Fri, January 7, 2022

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers locally and nationally, the Library has suspended its return to in-person Signature Events. Many January events have been postponed or will now take place virtually. Read on for details.
 

Post Date: Fri, February 5, 2021

Check out our latest roundup of signature event videos from the past month.
 

Post Date: Thu, July 22, 2021

The Library and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation present a series of online community conversations centered around the book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School, by award-winning author and social justice scholar Dr. Monique W. Morris. Pushout explores the societal and educational disparities faced by Black girls and other girls of color. The public is invited to take part in one of a series of online book discussions scheduled throughout August; free copies of the book are available through the Library. Towards the end of the month, Dr. Morris joins the Library for an online presentation. Learn more on how to take part.
 

Post Date: Thu, September 23, 2021

The Library and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation present a series of online community conversations centered around the book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee, chair of the board of Color for Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization.  The public is invited to take part in one of the  online book discussions scheduled throughout October. Towards the end of the month, Heather McGhee joins the Library for an online presentation.
 

Post Date: Wed, July 8, 2020

During June 2020, the Library hosted a variety of programs that hit on a several timely issues, such as COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter. Check out our latest roundup of signature event videos from the past month.
 

Post Date: Wed, March 2, 2022

The Library is entering another chapter in the resumption of many of our important community services and programs. Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, we are carefully reintroducing in-person events and activities inside our buildings, restoring meeting and study room capacities to usual levels, and relaxing several other policies. Learn more about recent changes.
 

Post Date: Thu, January 24, 2019

Kansas City artist Benjamin Wills’ outreach to inmates began with letters of support to two acquaintances serving prison terms. Wills wrote to more men and women in confinement, becoming increasingly fascinated by their stories and common struggles with abandonment, lost identity, and sadness. When one sent him a paper airplane laden with messages, it inspired a unique project: the exhibit Airplanes, currently on display in the Central Library’s Guldner Gallery.
 

Post Date: Fri, January 12, 2018

Memories are made at the Library each day. Our staff members reminisced about some of the moments from the past year that stood out as unique and notable -- stories and anecdotes underscoring how the Library is a special place that offers so much to our community. 
 

Post Date: Wed, January 2, 2019

With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We tell ourselves we’re going to learn a new skill, take a class or two, strive to get exposed to diverse and different ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in personal and professional lives… an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library is an ideal starting point to help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.
 

Post Date: Mon, December 30, 2019

With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We tell ourselves we’re going to learn a new skill, take a class or two, strive to get exposed to diverse and different ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in personal and professional lives… an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library is an ideal starting point to help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.
 

Post Date: Tue, April 10, 2018

If you’re reading this right there’s a good chance the Kansas City Public Library, and libraries in general, are an important part of your life. Congratulations. You’ve made a very good decision. What better time to celebrate than now? It’s National Library Week from April 8 – 14, 2018.

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