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.

  • Just in time for Independence Day, William Hogeland discusses his new book that reveals how the American Revolution really began.
    William Hogeland: Declaration, The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent
    Thursday, July 1, 2010
    Central Library

    Just in time for Independence Day, William Hogeland presents new research and top-notch scholarship to reveal how the American Revolution really began.

  • In-depth discussions of five sacred structures that inspire those within and without.
    Historic Churches of Kansas City
    Sunday, June 27, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Architect Paul Helmer examines the classical design of Central Presbyterian Church and Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church, which share similar histories and architectural designs.

  • The Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana (FIMEL) presents the second annual International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.
    International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music
    Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    With a mission to bring together master musicians, dancers, and young artists from across the world to "share the beauty and artistry of Spanish and Latin American music through study, collaboration, and performance," the Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana (FIMEL) presents the second annual International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.

  • Joelouis Mattox discusses his series in The Kansas City Call about the NAACP and the history of African-American activism.
    Joelouis Mattox: The NAACP, Bound for the "Promised Land"
    Sunday, June 20, 2010
    Central Library

     Joelouis Mattox discusses his series of articles in the Kansas City Call about the NAACP and the history of African-American activism on Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Mattox will share information about Roy Wilkins, a former managing editor of The Call and longtime executive director of the NAACP; the history of the NAACP Kansas City branch, The Branch on the Vine; and President Truman’s support for civil rights. 

  • After a volcanic cloud over much of Europe postponed his presentation in April, Matthew Bishop, U.S. business editor for The Economist, will be in Kansas City to share his thoughts on the economy and capitalism’s future.
    Matthew Bishop: The Road from Ruin
    Thursday, June 17, 2010
    Central Library

    Matthew Bishop discusses his new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, and shares his thoughts on the economy and capitalism’s future.  His scheduled visit in April was postponed when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull halted travel.

    Bishop, the U.S. business editor for The Economist, says we should learn from past financial crises to map the way to a reformed 21st century capitalism.

  • Reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint discusses his new book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City.
    Anthony Flint: Wrestling with Moses
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010
    Central Library

    Reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint discusses his new book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City on Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Robin Stone discusses the life  of her late husband Gerald Boyd, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of  The New York Times and his  devastating fall in the wake of  the Jayson Blair scandal.
    Robin Stone: My Times in Black and White
    Thursday, June 10, 2010
    Central Library

    Robin Stone, who wrote the afterward for her late husband Gerald Boyd’s memoir, discusses the book and Boyd’s life, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of The New York Times and his devastating fall on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his work with graphic novels and explains his belief that they are an important art form, capable of telling any kind of story uniquely and effectively.
    Ande Parks: Graphic Novels as Art and Literature
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010
    Central Library

    Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his two graphic novels, Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and their form as art and literature on Wednesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind.
    Richard Russo: That Old Cape Magic
    Tuesday, June 8, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life, and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

  • In-depth discussions of five sacred structures that inspire those within and without.
    Historic Churches of Kansas City
    Sunday, June 6, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Helix architect Reeves Wiedeman discusses the recent renovation of this structure and offers historical highlights of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the unique shape of which has made it an architectural favorite.