Event Audio

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

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.

  • Judith Trager presents an  illustrated talk about the  Don’t Fence Me In exhibit  and discusses the evolution  of quilts as works of art
    Don't Fence Me In: Judith Trager
    Sunday, June 14, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Art of Quilting

    Judith Trager discusses the art of contemporary quilting and the quilts in the Don’t Fence Me In exhibit on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • The chairman emeritus of  H&R Block discusses how the entrepreneurial start-up he and  his brother Richard co-founded in Kansas City in 1955 grew to become the world’s largest tax services company
    A Conversation with Henry Bloch
    Thursday, June 11, 2009
    Central Library

    To mark the grand opening of the H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Central Library, join us for a public conversation with Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block. Conducted by Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library, the program takes place on Thursday, June 11, at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m.

  • Historian David O. Stewart discusses his contention that Johnson nearly unraveled  Lincoln’s legacy
    David O. Stewart: Impeached
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Andrew Johnson

    Author and historian David O. Stewart discusses his new book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Diane Wei Liang discusses her memoir of China in the years between the Cultural Revolution and the crushing of the pro-democracy movement at  Tiananmen Square
    Diane Wei Liang: Lake With No Name
    Monday, June 8, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Memoirs of China

    Nearly 20 years to the day that the Chinese government violently cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, author Diane Wei Liang discusses her memoir of the period, Lake With No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China, on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Fred Strebeigh: Equal
    Fred Strebeigh: Equal
    Thursday, May 28, 2009
    Central Library

    Author Fred Strebeigh discusses his new book Equal: Women Reshape American Law on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Leonard Zeskind: Blood and Politics
    Leonard Zeskind: Blood and Politics
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Leonard Zeskind discusses his new book Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Fred E. Woods sheds new light on the 30 year period of Mormon history defined by the Order of Extermination issued by Misosuri governor Lilburn Boggs in 1838
    The Mormon Passage through Missouri
    Sunday, May 17, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    History of the Mormon Church

    In 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issued the "Order of Extermination" that ordered the killing or removal of Mormons residing in Missouri—initiating an exodus of Latter-day Saints. Though there seems to be no historical evidence that Missouri carried out these threats, the order spurred Mormons to leave the state in search of friendlier territory.

  • Catherine Clinton: Mrs.  Lincoln
    Catherine Clinton: Mrs. Lincoln
    Thursday, May 14, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln

    Author and historian Catherine Clinton discusses her new book Mrs. Lincoln on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Brian Kelly: Re-Inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine for the Digital Age
    Brian Kelly: Re-Inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine for the Digital Age
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Books on Journalism &
    New Media

    U.S. News & World Report editor Brian Kelly discusses how traditional media is adapting to the challenges presented by new media in a talk titled Re-inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine for the Digital Age on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

  • A Conversation with Tobias Wolff
    A Conversation with Tobias Wolff
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts A Conversation with Tobias Wolff, author of the Kansas City Big Read selection Old School, on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.