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.

  • A Conversation with C.D. Wright
    A Conversation with C.D. Wright
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Art of Writing Poetry

    Poet C.D. Wright joins a panel of poetry faculty from the University of Missouri— Kansas City for a discussion of her work and the art of writing poetry on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Carol Inge Hockett: Leonardo Lessons
    Carol Inge Hockett: Leonardo Lessons
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Leonardo da Vinci

    Art historian Carol Inge Hockett discusses the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci in a program titled Leonardo Lessons on Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Steven Hahn: Marcus Garvey Reconsidered
    Steven Hahn: Marcus Garvey Reconsidered
    Thursday, March 5, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Marcus Garvey

    On Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents Marcus Garvey Reconsidered, a retrospective on one of the most influential—and least-remembered—leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement.

  • Czeslaw Bielecki: Architecture,  Freedom, Memory
    Czeslaw Bielecki: Architecture, Freedom, Memory
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009
    Central Library

    Noted Polish architect and activist Czeslaw Bielecki discusses his work and the Polish transition from communism to democracy on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Tom Clavin: The Last Stand of Fox Company
    Tom Clavin: The Last Stand of Fox Company
    Thursday, February 26, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:

    Best-selling author Tom Clavin discusses his new book, The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat, on Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Azar Nafisi: Things I’ve Been Silent About
    Azar Nafisi: Things I’ve Been Silent About
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Iranian Memoirs

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes international bestselling author Azar Nafisi for a presentation based on her new book Things I’ve Been Silent About – the follow-up to the acclaimed Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – on Wednesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Stephen Molton: Brothers in Arms
    Stephen Molton: Brothers in Arms
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Kennedys & the Castros

    Author Stephen Molton discusses his new book Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder on Wednesday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Writers  at Work: Sam Lipsyte
    Writers at Work: Sam Lipsyte
    Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Satire and Comedy: Novels

    Author Sam Lipsyte presents the February talk in the Library’s Writers at Work series on Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The 2008-09 Writers at Work series features writers who will discuss their own work as well as the art of teaching the craft.

  • Jay Mathews: Work Hard, Be Nice
    Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Urban Education

    In part two of the What Works in Urban Education series presented by Tom Bloch and the University Academy, Jay Mathews of The Washington Post discusses his book Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America’s Best Schools.

    The presentation takes place Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Jennifer Weber: Copperheads
    Jennifer Weber: Copperheads
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Central Library

    Jennifer Weber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, discusses her new book Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.