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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Rydell discusses the Depression-era World’s Fairs that gave hope to millions and offered visions of future progress.
    Robert Rydell - Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011
    Central Library

    The World’s Fairs that took place in the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s gave hope to millions and offered visions of future progress. These grand expositions showcased an optimistic, consumerist future.

  • Author Bonar Menninger discusses his new book about the massive EF-5 tornado that on June 8, 1966, cut a 22-mile swath across eastern Kansas before smashing through Topeka.
    Bonar Menninger: And Hell Followed With It
    Sunday, May 15, 2011
    Central Library

    On June 8, 1966, a massive EF-5 tornado cut a 22-mile swath across eastern Kansas before smashing through Topeka.

    Author Bonar Menninger recounts the events of that tragic day in his new book, And Hell Followed With It, for which he interviewed dozens of survivors to construct a tightly woven narrative that conveys in gut-wrenching detail what it’s like when nature careens out of control.

  • Historian John Curatola of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of Curtis LeMay, the man credited with an effective, but controversial, incendiary bombing campaign during World War II.
    Great Commanders Series: Curtis LeMay
    Thursday, May 12, 2011
    Central Library

    John Curatola of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of General Curtis LeMay.

  • Award-winning author Leo Damrosch discusses his book on Alexis de Tocqueville, who helped define a fledgling nation by writing about his nine-month tour of America in the 1830s.
    Leo Damrosch: Tocqueville’s Discovery of America
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011
    Central Library

    Award-winning author Leo Damrosch discusses his new biography, Tocqueville’s Discovery of America.