Event Audio

To listen to an audio recording of a previous Library special event, click the icon. The audio file will launch the media player on your computer.

The most recent recording displays at the top. The Library offers recordings only with the permission of the presenter. Please allow 7-10 days for the recording to be posted.

  • The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the inspiring stories of graduates from the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas.
    The Sumner Story
    Thursday, June 16, 2011
    Central Library

    The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

    The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.

  • The Fourth Biennial Urban Farms and Gardens Tour, a showcase of urban agriculture in the Kansas City metro area presented by Cultivate Kansas City kicks off with a presentation from author, farmer, and food system activist Michael Ableman.
    Urban Farming: Get Your Grow On
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011
    Central Library

    The Fourth Biennial Urban Farms and Gardens Tour, a week-long showcase of urban agriculture across the Kansas City metro area, kicks off with a presentation by author, farmer, and food system activist Michael Ableman.

  • Kick off the Library’s new business series with Gail Lozoff, co-founder of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and the former Bagel & Bagel  (now Einstein Bros. Bagels) chain.
    A Conversation with Gail Lozoff
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    Central Library

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews renowned Kansas City entrepreneur Gail Lozoff, marking the official start of the Library’s Kansas City—Cradle of Entrepreneurs series.

    Lozoff is a third-generation entrepreneur whose innovation and creativity has positioned her as one of Kansas City’s most influential business persons of the past 30 years.

    The co-founder of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Lozoff is best known for creating Bagel & Bagel, a local chain she sold to Boston Market that eventually became Einstein Bros. Bagels.

  • Author Victoria Christopher Murray discusses her new novel The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil – the story of a couple struggling to find their way amidst corruption, betrayal, and the ultimate temptation.
    Victoria Christopher Murray: The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil
    Wednesday, June 8, 2011
    Central Library

    Author Victoria Christopher Murray discusses her new novel The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil — the story of a couple struggling to find their way amidst corruption, betrayal, and the ultimate temptation.

    Evia and Adam have been in love since high school, but things become difficult when Adam loses his job and they find they cannot support their family of five on Evia’s salary as an executive assistant.

    The couple have no idea what to do until Evia’s boss, Shay Shaunte, makes a proposition that sends their world spinning out of control.

  • Learn about some of the best hiking/bicycling trails in Kansas City and hear an update on the development of MetroGreen – the contemplated 1,144-mile system of nature areas, greenways, and trails that spans six counties on both sides of the state line.
    Hiking Kansas City Trails
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011
    Central Library

    A panel of experts from Kansas and Missouri discusses ongoing efforts to develop MetroGreen—a system of nature areas, greenways, and trails—with an emphasis on the more than 200 miles that have already been constructed and are open to the public. Once completed, the network will stretch 1,144 miles.

  • The thought-provoking Harvard economist Edward Glaeser explains why cities are the healthiest, greenest, and richest places to live.
    Edward Glaeser: Triumph of the City
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    11 Books on the American City

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III and Harvard University economist Edward Glaeser engage in a myth-shattering discussion of American cities.

  • Historians Gary Kremer and Mark Hersey discuss the life of renowned scientist and teacher George Washington Carver—perhaps one of the most misunderstood figures in American history.
    Gary Kremer and Mark Hersey: George Washington Carver
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    George Washington Carver was a renowned scientist and teacher, yet he is one of the most misunderstood figures in American history. His expansive life and accomplishments are featured in a special presentation by two scholars with new and distinctive biographies on the iconic inventor.

  • Two-time National Magazine Award winner Stephen Fried presents the extraordinary saga of Fred Harvey, a man whose life, entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, hard work, and resilience – let alone his Harvey Houses and Harvey Girls – have become the stuff of legend.
    Stephen Fried: Appetite for America
    Thursday, May 19, 2011
    Central Library

    As much an American success story as a story about America itself, the saga of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Houses is a captivating tale of entrepreneurial innovation, hard work, and resilience that left an indelible mark on our nation’s culture and history. To a surprising degree, we still live in an America of Fred Harvey’s making. But just who was Fred Harvey?

  • Kief Schladweiler from the Foundation Center in New York hosts two workshops intended to help not-for-profit groups and individual grant seekers find additional revenue sources.
    Grant Seeking 101: Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011
    Central Library

    Kief Schladweiler from the Foundation Center in New York hosts two workshops intended to help not-for-profit groups and individual grant seekers find additional revenue sources on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

  • Grant Seeking 101: Proposal Writing Basics and Introduction to Philanthropy In/Sight
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011
    Central Library

    Kief Schladweiler from the Foundation Center in New York hosts two workshops intended to help not-for-profit groups and individual grant seekers find additional revenue sources on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.