Event Audio

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

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.

  • 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.

  • Restaurateur Carl DiCapo shares stories from his five decades at the iconic Kansas City eatery.
    Carl J. DiCapo: Italian Gardens
    Sunday, August 22, 2010
    Central Library

    Restaurateur Carl DiCapo tells the history of Kansas City’s iconic eatery, Italian Gardens, on Sunday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
    Gary Jenkins: Negroes To Hire
    Thursday, August 19, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary on slavery in Missouri based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The film features commentaries by scholars Jimmy Johnson, Diane Mutti Burke, Antonio Holland, and Harriet Frazier.  The screening will be followed by a discussion including Jenkins, Johnson, and Kevin Wilmott, associate professor at KU.

  • Join us for some Burnt Ends from Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ when Kansas City writer Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, barbeque and blues.   Free Admisson
    Doug Worgul: Thin Blue Smoke
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010
    Central Library

    Described as "a vital new voice in American fiction," Kansas City resident Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbeque and the blues.

  • Acclaimed film historian and critic David Thomson speaks about the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important film as detailed in his book The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.
    David Thomson: The Moment of Psycho
    Thursday, August 5, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Acclaimed film historian and critic David Thomson speaks about the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important film, as detailed in his book The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.

  • Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses his new book about the history of NASCAR and explains how Big Bill France helped turn the sport into a billion dollar industry.
    Daniel S. Pierce: Real NASCAR
    Tuesday, August 3, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses the history of NASCAR from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks to the billion dollar industry it is today on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.