Event Archive

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Format: 2014-08-22
Format: 2014-08-22
  • John T. Fleming III, executive vice president of Black Educational Events, discusses the role of historically black colleges and universities in modern higher education and offers tips for students interested in attending any of the schools featured in HB
    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    John T. Fleming III, executive vice president of Black Educational Events, discusses the state of historically black colleges and universities on Thursday, August 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch 4801 Main St.

  • Join us for some Burnt Ends from Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ when Kansas City writer Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, barbeque and blues.   Free Admisson
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Described as "a vital new voice in American fiction," Kansas City resident Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbeque and the blues.

  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (May - October)  as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the third annual City Market Summer  Book Sale Series.
    Saturday, August 7, 2010

    On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

    The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

    For additional information, contact KCLibraryFriends@gmail.com, or call (816) 701-3468.

  • Celebrate the finale of Summer Reading at the annual End of Summer Party with the La Las’s
    Friday, August 6, 2010

    Local kids’ rockers The La La’s return to the Library to help celebrate the achievements of all who participated in this year’s Summer Reading program, performing at Plaza’s annual end of summer party.

    The musical duo is made up of two local moms: Jill Simpson, a former radio voiceover artist from Kansas who grew up performing in musical theater and worked as a preschool music teacher; and Kim Grassman, a California surfer girl who grew up singing in church music ministry and went on to become a Nashville recording artist.

  • Acclaimed film historian and critic David Thomson speaks about the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important film as detailed in his book The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.
    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Acclaimed film historian and critic David Thomson speaks about the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important film, as detailed in his book The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.

  • Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses his new book about the history of NASCAR and explains how Big Bill France helped turn the sport into a billion dollar industry.
    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses the history of NASCAR from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks to the billion dollar industry it is today on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Author of the best-selling book Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen discusses misconceptions about slavery and the Underground Railroad.
    Thursday, July 29, 2010

    James Loewen, best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, gives an original presentation on misconceptions about slavery and the Underground Railroad on Thursday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • In-depth discussions of five sacred structures that inspire those within and without.
    Sunday, July 25, 2010

    Architect Scott Bingham offers insights into the history and construction of the Community Christian Church, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • Enjoy an exclusive after-hours teen concert, "Exploring the Roots of Rock and Hip Hop” with the Sugar Free Allstars!
    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    The Sugar Free Allstars return to the Kansas City Public Library for an exclusive after-hours teen concert on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Enjoy an exclusive after-hours teen concert with the Sugar Free Allstars! The two-piece band consisting of Chris Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin is a favorite among all age groups.  

  • Local historian Erik Stafford examines the impact of illiteracy on young black males in Kansas City by drawing connections between literacy, incarceration, and mortality rates.
    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    Local historian Erik Stafford leads a presentation called Literacy & the Black Experience on Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the L.H. Bluford Library, 3050 Prospect Ave.

    Stafford will examine the impact of illiteracy on young black males in Kansas City by drawing connections between literacy, incarceration, and mortality rates. For more information, call 816.701.3482.