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.

  • David Herlihy presents his book about a young man who left his Pennsylvania home in 1892 to travel around the world on a bicycle prototype, only to mysteriously disappear in Turkey.
    David Herlihy: The Lost Cyclist
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    The September 2010 Special Events calendar incorrectly listed the location of this event. David Herlihy will appear at the Plaza Branch.

    David Herlihy presents his book about Frank Lenz, a young man who left his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the spring of 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled “pneumatic safety” (the prototype of the modern bicycle), only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey.

  • Doreen Cronin – author of the bestselling children’s books Click, Clack, Moo and Giggle, Giggle, Quack – discusses her new book Rescue Bunnies, the story of a Rescue Bunny trainee named Newbie.
    Doreen Cronin: Rescue Bunnies
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Doreen Cronin reads from her new book, Rescue Bunnies, a beautifully illustrated story featuring Newbie, a Rescue Bunny trainee, on Tuesday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Newbie has passed the Physical Fitness Test, the Emergency Rescue Roping Test, and even the Blind Taste Test. Now it’s time for the toughest Rescue Bunny test of all... the Field Test.

  • Joan Stack discusses Thomas Hart Benton's illustrations for special editions of Mark Twain’s books issued by The Limited Editions Club in the 1930s and 1940s.
    Thomas Hart Benton: Illustrator of Mark Twain
    Sunday, September 19, 2010
    Central Library

    Missouri natives Mark Twain and Thomas Hart Benton were kindred spirits who found inspiration in Missouri’s people, places, and practices.

    On Sunday, September 19, at 2 p.m., Joan Stack explores Benton’s illustrations for special editions of Twain’s books issued by The Limited Editions Club in the late 1930s and 1940s. The program will be held at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • A panel discussion of the future of Kansas City's oldest and largest general history museum.
    Historic House? Museum? The Future of Corinthian Hall
    Thursday, September 16, 2010
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall is the city’s oldest and largest general history museum. Housed in the former residence of lumber baron Robert A. Long, the publicly and privately funded museum is currently undergoing an extensive site-wide restoration. Its many partners, staff and surrounding neighborhoods are vigorously planning for the next century of public service.

  • Archivists Randy Roberts and Shannon Phillips Julien discuss their new book, a photographic history of Pittsburg State University.
    Randy Roberts and Shannon Phillips Julien - Pittsburg State University: A Photographic History of the First 100 Years
    Wednesday, September 15, 2010
    Central Library

    Archivists Randy Roberts and Shannon Julien discuss their new book Pittsburg State University: A Photographic History of the First 100 Years on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Local children’s advocates SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland present a strategy to reduce the pain, rage, and revenge cycle of bullying.
    SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland: Banishing Bullying Behavior
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Local children’s advocates SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland present a strategy to reduce the pain, rage, and revenge cycle of bullying on Tuesday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Their techniques are developed from hands-on interaction with educators, parents, and students.

  • Author John Shors discusses his new novel about a former high-tech executive who honors his late wife’s final wish by taking their 10-year-old daughter on a trip across Asia.
    John Shors: The Wishing Trees
    Monday, September 13, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    John Shors discusses his new novel, The Wishing Trees, which is about a former high-tech executive who honors his late wife’s final wish by taking their 10-year-old daughter on a trip across Asia.

    Almost a year after the death of his wife Kate, Ian finds a letter containing her plea for him to take their daughter on the trip they had long planned. The Wishing Trees follows Ian and Maggie’s epic journey as they leave notes to Kate in “wishing trees” along the way and encounter miracles large and small.

  • An online networking publication geared toward empowering women with knowledge through life experiences, editor Serita Belton presents the panel discussion The Conversation: A Man’s Thoughts on Interacting with Women.
    ShhGirl! Magazine - The Conversation: A Man's Thoughts on Interacting with Women
    Thursday, September 9, 2010
    Central Library

    To commemorate the launch of ShhGirl! Magazine, an online networking magazine geared toward empowering women with knowledge through life experiences, editor Serita Belton presents the panel discussion The Conversation: A Man’s Thoughts on Interacting with Women.

  • Authors Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson discuss the formation of TEAL (Typo Eradication Advancement League) and their guerilla campaign to rid the world of poor grammar.
    Jeff Deck & Benjamin Herson: The Great Typo Hunt
    Wednesday, September 8, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson discuss their new book, The Great Typo Hunt, on Wednesday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The two men form a group called TEAL (Typo Eradication Advancement League) and set out with markers and chalk to right the errors displayed across America.

  • Lawrence historian Katie Armitage explores how survivors of the infamous raid rebuilt their lives, their town and memorialized their experiences.
    Katie Armitage: Lawrence Survivors of Quantrill's Raid
    Sunday, August 29, 2010
    Central Library

    Katie Armitage explores how survivors of Quantrill’s Lawrence Raid rebuilt their lives, their town, and memorialized their experiences. 

    William Clarke Quantrill’s Missouri guerrillas raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863, killing 180 men. Women lost husbands, children lost fathers, and fathers lost sons. The survivors who remained were determined to rebuild. Newcomers brought industry and innovation. The University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) grew into major institutions.