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 Matthew Algeo discussed his new book about the Trumans' 1953 cross-country road trip
    Matthew Algeo: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Get to Know Harry S. Truman

    Matthew Algeo discusses his new book Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Scott Tobias: The New Cult Canon
    The New Cult Canon
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Cult Films

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes film critic Scott Tobias for a presentation called The New Cult Canon on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Gene Healy: The Cult of the Presidency
    Gene Healy: The Cult of the Presidency
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Presidential Power

    On Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Gene Healy presents his book The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power.

  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men
    Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men
    Monday, April 27, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

    Author and historian Lynne Olson discusses her new book Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Wendy Kopp: One Day, All Children
    Wendy Kopp: One Day, All Children
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Recommended reading:
    Teach for America

    Tom Bloch and the University Academy have joined the Kansas City Public Library to host a series of thought-provoking presentations by national experts titled What Works in Urban Education.

    Teach For America Founder and Chief Executive Wendy Kopp discusses her book One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Quindaro Underground Railroad: A Unique Ethnic Unity in America's Past
    Quindaro Underground Railroad: A Unique Ethnic Unity in America's Past
    Sunday, April 19, 2009
    Central Library

    From its start in 1857, the Quindaro township—in present-day Wyandotte County—was an unabashedly free-state community surrounded by pro-slavery sympathizers. Amid this conflict, Quindaro residents forged a community based on multi-ethnic collaboration—a model for ethnic solidarity today. The unique personalities that combined to create the Quindaro Underground Railroad also bridged a seemingly insurmountable political gap with the pro-slavery town of Parkville, Missouri.

  • Jim Butcher: Turn Coat
    Jim Butcher: Turn Coat
    Thursday, April 16, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Fantasy/Mystery Novels

    Author Jim Butcher discusses Turn Coat, the newest book in The Dresden Files series, on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Jacob Wagner: Rebuilding the Crescent City
    Rebuilding the Crescent City
    Monday, April 13, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    New Orleans & Urban Planning

    Dr. Jacob Wagner, an assistant professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, presents a talk titled Rebuilding the Crescent City: Disaster, Demolition, and Preservation since Hurricane Katrina on Monday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs: Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off
    Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs: Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off
    Thursday, April 9, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Sacagawea

    On Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs discusses her book Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail.

  • Real Characters: The Writing Lifestyle Depicted in Old School
    Real Characters: The Writing Lifestyle Depicted in Old School
    Wednesday, April 8, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Old School Related Reading

    A National Endowment for the Arts initiative, The Big Read returns to Kansas City in April 2009 to bring readers the Tobias Wolff novel Old School.