Arts and Culture

Carmack Community Room

Louder Than a Bomb Kansas City gives a teenager a pen, a page, a mic, and a stage and steps out of the way to watch a poet emerge and a community grow. It's an annual city-wide youth poetry festival with a hip-hop aesthetic celebrating young poets in the Kansas City metro. This Spring, more than 15 teams representing schools and community organizations compete for the crown and a spot at national festival Brave New Voices 2019. Join us for a series of preliminary bouts with schools from across Kansas City. Bouts start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m and are free and open to the...

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Register online or call 913-826-4600. No membership needed or cost to attend.

Drop in for a day of discovery made for genealogy beginners.

• Tour the genealogy area   

• Learn about library and Society resources, in-house and online.  

• Pick up a Genealogy Starter Kit with forms and information. 

• Get one-on-one help from Society members in our Learning Lab. 

Attend informative 45-minute sessions on topics like: where to begin your search, genealogy DNA, and how to find online genealogy sources. Visit genealogy group exhibits; learn about...

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Wyatt Townley is Poet Laureate of Kansas Emerita. In this engaging session she'll share her new work Rewriting the Body. Her poetry explores the body as place and as a poem that we rewrite with every breath. Light refreshments will be served. Books available for purchase and signing by the author. Space is limited for this popular program. Register online or call 913-826-4600.

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The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is your exploratorium of technologic contraptions! There's a lot to learn, so get started at MakerSpace Beginners Night. We'll introduce and demonstrate 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, design software and electronics. Once you are introduced, you can come back and get to know MakerSpace better. No registration required.

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Carmack Community Room

This month, inmates and former inmates at Lansing Prison, with Arts in Prison program instructor Arlin Buyert, will present their poetry. Arts in Prison is about inspiring and motivating positive change among those who are incarcerated. This unique program provides arts education and experiences for inmates in Kansas state prisons and detention centers. They are given a chance for self-reflection and an opportunity to create something beautiful. Such a positive experience allows an incarcerated person to begin to have hope. It's...

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