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.

  • Author and educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms he believes are most likely to succeed and shares the evidence that has led him to those conclusions.
    Jay Greene: Which Education Reforms are Most Likely to Succeed?
    Thursday, February 18, 2010
    Central Library

     Educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms hold the most promise and why on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book about the Union victory he says “pierced the  heart” of the Confederacy  and all but ended the Civil War.
    Marc Wortman: The Bonfire
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010
    Central Library

    Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The Bonfire recounts the battle for Atlanta, known then as “the Gate City of the South,” during the summer of 1864 that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and ultimately lead to the burning of the city in September 1864.

  • Author John Brewer discusses his new book that traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – a painting of famously uncertain origin.
    John Brewer: The American Leonardo
    Thursday, February 11, 2010
    Central Library

    Author John Brewer discusses his new book The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The American Leonardo traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – allegedly the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and illuminates the workings of the 20th century art market and the questions surrounding art attribution.

  • Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War:  The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois.
    Joseph R. Fischer: The First Indian War
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    Central Library

    Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War: The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Fox 4 film critic Shawn Edwards hosts a panel discussion on how African-Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.
    Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance?
    Tuesday, February 9, 2010
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts Fox 4 News Film Critic Shawn Edwards for a panel discussion on Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance? on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    This panel discussion draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.

  • Steven Watts discusses his biography of the man who founded Playboy and grew it into a large entertainment and communications company.
    Steven Watts: Mr. Playboy
    Thursday, February 4, 2010
    Central Library

    Author and historian Steven Watts discusses his new book Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The book traces Hefner’s personal and professional life from his childhood to his founding of Playboy magazine to his company’s transition from simple magazine publisher to a large communications and entertainment company.

  • Sol Sender discusses his experience leading the team that developed the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand,” the first of its kind in American politics.
    Sol Sender: Branding Obama
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Sol Sender discusses his experiences developing the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand” on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • David Shields, author of The Magic Mirror: Photography & American Silent Cinema, discusses the work  of legendary local photographer Orval Hixon.
    Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010
    Central Library

    The inaugural exhibition of the Orval Hixon gallery, Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon, opens on Wednesday, January 27, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The opening will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. presentation from author and photography expert Dr. David Shields

  • Anne C. Heller discusses her new biography of the libertarian author and philosopher best known for such novels as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
    Anne C. Heller: Ayn Rand and the World She Made
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010
    Central Library

    Anne C. Heller discusses her new book Ayn Rand and the World She Made, a biography of the author and philosopher best known for the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas City native Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.
    The Tuskegee Airmen Experience
    Sunday, January 24, 2010
    Central Library

    Kansas City native-son Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.

    The presentation complements the exhibit, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project.