Event Audio

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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.

  • Painting Missouri: Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines
    Painting Missouri: Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    Art in Missouri

    Artist Billyo O’Donnell and author Karen Glines present an illustrated talk about the Painting Missouri Exhibit and their book Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • What Works in Urban Education: Eric Hanushek
    Tom Bloch and University Academy Present: What Works in Urban Education
    Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Related Reading:
    Urban Education

    Tom Bloch, author of Stand for the Best and co-founder of Kansas City’s University Academy, and the school partner with the Kansas City Public Library to host a series of thought-provoking presentations by national experts titled What Works in Urban Education.

    The first talk in this series features Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a leading expert on educational policy specializing in the economics and finance of schools. The presentation takes place on Thursday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • William Graebner: Patty’s Got a Gun
    William Graebner: Patty’s Got a Gun
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    1970's America

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts author William Graebner for a presentation based on his latest book, Patty’s Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America, on Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Howard Blum: American Lightning
    Howard Blum: American Lightning
    Tuesday, January 20, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    Crimes of the Century

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes bestselling author Howard Blum for a discussion of his book American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century on Tuesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Michael Elliott: Custerology
    Michael Elliott: Custerology
    Wednesday, January 14, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Author and historian Michael Elliott discusses his new book Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer on Wednesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Hamburger: A Global History
    Hamburger: A Global History
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Andrew Smith discusses Hamburger: A Global History on Tuesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Kate DiCamillo: The Tale of Despereaux
    Kate DiCamillo: The Tale of Despereaux
    Friday, January 9, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    One of this decade’s most celebrated children’s authors, Kate DiCamillo, discusses her book, The Tale of Despereaux, on Friday, January 9, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Known for books such as Because of Winn Dixie (a Newbery Honor book) and The Tiger Rising (a National Book Award finalist), DiCamillo solidified her place among the elite in the children’s literary world with The Tale of Despereaux. The 2004 Newbery Medal award-winning book was made into a major animated motion picture released in December 2008.

  • Eugene Halton: The Great Brain Suck and Other American Epiphanies
    Eugene Halton: The Great Brain Suck and Other American Epiphanies
    Thursday, January 8, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts author Eugene Halton for his ruminations on the battle between autonomy and automation as presented in his book The Great Brain Suck and Other American Epiphanies on Thursday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Jan R. Van Meter: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
    Jan R. Van Meter: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
    Wednesday, January 7, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    American Slogans & Phrases

    On Wednesday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Jan R. Van Meter discusses his debut book Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History.

  • Pancake: A Global History
    Pancake: A Global History
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009
    Central Library

    Ken Albala discusses Pancake: A Global History on Tuesday, January 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.