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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This second event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between  Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James   Roth
    The Great Debates Revisited: James Roth
    Tuesday, October 5, 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 second event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James Roth.

  • Author Marjorie Agosin discusses her new memoir and explains how the Chilean coup d’état of 1973 proved to be a turning point in the history of Chile as well as in her own life.
    Marjorie Agosín - Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir
    Monday, October 4, 2010
    Central Library

    The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.

  • Father Paisius (David) Altschul discusses the history of Troost Avenue and the creation of the 200 Years on Troost exhibit currently on display at the Central Library.
    Father Paisius (David) Altschul: A Look at 200 Years on Troost
    Sunday, October 3, 2010
    Central Library

    The curator of the exhibit 200 Years on Troost, Father Paisius (David) Altschul, talks about the avenue's rich history, from Osage Indian trail, to the man who lent it his name, to a bustling 1950s shopping hub, to the turmoil of the 1968 riots.

    Today, it's a community where diversity is appreciated, a new bridge and MAX bus route are being built, and more than 100,000 tulips have been planted. Father Altschul attended high school in the neighborhood and chose to return there to live and work.  He directs Reconciliation Services.

  • 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.