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.

  • 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.

  • National security analyst Nathaniel Fick examines the prospects for America's continuing involvement in the country known as the graveyard of empires
    Nathaniel Fick: The Afghanistan Inheritance
    Monday, May 11, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Narratives of the Afghan War

    On Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., bestselling author Nathaniel Fick presents The Afghanistan Inheritance.

  • Leonard Mlodinow: The Drunkard's Walk
    Leonard Mlodinow: The Drunkard's Walk
    Thursday, May 7, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Leonard Mlodinow for a presentation based on his book The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • 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.