Featured Programs



Featured Programs at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library's programs and events occur every day in the community! Visit a branch to attend local classes, book clubs, storytimes and more. Check out what other community events are taking place inside and outside our libraries by clicking here.

Vania

Art Exhibit: "Heritage First" by Vania Soto

Kansas City Local artist V. Soto was born in Juarez, Mexico and began selling paintings at age 13. Inspired by proud cultural icons such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, she connects with her heritage by maintaining influential traditions from this rich past.

Building on this theme, Day of the Dead symbolism is prevalent in her work, again as a way of connecting to the longstanding customs of her family and community and expressing its beauty through art.

Her main media is acrylics and she also works in mixed media. She describes her work as realism with a pop of surrealism.

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Coco

Coco Fiesta!

Decorate sugar skulls, eat snacks, and watch Coco, a movie about a boy named Miguel who has a dream to become a musician.

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Vania

Creating a Sugar Skull Painting with Vania Soto

Participants will learn about “The Day of the Dead”, a Latin American holiday celebrating the lives of those we have lost. They will create a sugar skull painting that represents themselves or their background. In Latin American tradition, a sugar skull is an offering placed on an altar created for loved ones who have passed away. This teaches participants to celebrate their own lives and the lives of those who are gone. This program is available in both English and Spanish.

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Skull

Day of the Dead Ceramic Skulls

Come down to the South Branch Library and design your own Day of the Dead Ceramic Skull. We’ll then show off your Creation at our Dia De Los Muertos Program on November 2 at 6:00 PM. Amount of ceramic skulls are limited and are given out on a first come first serve basis.

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Dia

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate Día de los Muertos! Enjoy music and dance performances, view art and history exhibits including a full size altar, make a craft, take a photo in the photo booth, taste traditional foods, and more! There will be live music from Pablo Sanhueza Latin Jazz Band and a performance by Los Bailadores de Ballet Folklorico de Kansas City. We'll also be giving away 100 copies of Sonia Sotomayor's book, My Beloved World, as well as several copies of Spanish language children's books to the first people to arrive. Don't miss out this fun event!

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Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead celebration starts at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. There will be crafts, treats and food for everyone. We will be showing the movie Coco at 2:30pm. There will be educational information about el Dia de los Muertos, and a photo opportunity with our Catrina. We welcome people of all ages for this family event!

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Voces

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

This traveling exhibit visits the South Branch Library in November through December.

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years, Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States presents images of authors, books, movie stills, public presentations, and illustrations. It is based on an original exhibition at the University of Houston Library that documented a quarter century of Hispanic publishing in the United States.

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