Event Audio

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

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.

  • Acclaimed historian Bryan Le Beau highlights decisions made by certain individuals that helped turn what might have been a minor event into a crisis that has held the imagination of generations
    Bryan Le Beau: The Story of the Salem Witch Trials
    Thursday, October 21, 2010
    Central Library

    From June - September 1692, 19 people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Just in time for Halloween, historian Bryan Le Beau offers a much-needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials, placing them into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relating the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout 17th century New England.

  • This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy  and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.
    The Great Debates Revisited: Rick Perlstein
    Monday, October 18, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.

  • Professor Bill Stancil presents an illustrated lecture on the history of Rockhurst University.
    Rockhurst University: The First 100 Years
    Sunday, October 17, 2010
    Central Library

    Bill Stancil presents Rockhurst University: The First 100 Years, a lecture supplemented with numerous historical photos, on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor, Monroe Dodd, recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds in a town long ago known as a hotbed for criminals.
    Monroe Dodd: Kansas City Crime Central
    Thursday, October 14, 2010
    Central Library

    From bandits to gangsters, from kidnappers to gunslinging evangelists, Kansas City has proved to be a hotbed for criminals. In Kansas City Crime Central, longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor Monroe Dodd recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds.

    His new book not only covers the area’s most notorious crimes, but also details the gangland shooting of Ferris Anthon in the 1930s and a 1890s hanging for which the sheriff sent out printed invitations.

  • Literary authority Eva Brann explains how the popular  conception of Robinson Crusoe  bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe.
    Eva Brann: The Unexpurgated Robinson Crusoe
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010
    Central Library

    The classic children’s novel Robinson Crusoe bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe in 1719. Decades after the author’s death, editors stripped the novel of its religious center and existential elements to create the tale of adventure and ingenuity that is well-known to generations of readers.

  • This third event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy  and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.
    The Great Debates Revisited: Timothy Naftali
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This third event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.

  • Former FDA Commisioner David Kessler offers insights on how to break unhealthy eating habits.
    David Kessler: The End of Overeating
    Monday, October 11, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler discusses his new book The End of Overeating and offers insights on how to break unhealthy eating habits on Monday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Steven Epstein explains how a vaccination intended to help prevent cervical and other cancers became the object of a politically-charged debate about sexuality and morality.
    Steven Epstein - Gardasil and the Politics of Vaccination
    Thursday, October 7, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Steven Epstein discusses the politically-charged debate surrounding Gardasil and other vaccines on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Robert Pledge, co-author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier and president of Contact Press Images, talks about China’s Cultural Revolution as seen through the eyes of Li Zhensheng,  photographer.
    Robert Pledge: Red-Color News Soldier
    Thursday, October 7, 2010
    Central Library

    On Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier, Robert Pledge, presents an account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution showcasing the photography of Li Zhensheng.

  • Join Mary Davidson Cohen, Joanne Collins, Monroe Dodd, Anita Gorman, Adele Hall,  Barnett Helzberg, Crosby Kemper III, Bruce Mathews, Doug Weaver, and other co-authors for an extraordinary journey of discovery into Kansas City’s past.
    Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library marks the launch of a new book, Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.