Event Archive

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Format: 2014-10-31
Format: 2014-10-31
  • Author Gwen Cooper tells how a blind kitten named Homer inspired her daily and taught her that love isn’t something you see with your eyes.
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    Gwen Cooper already had two cats, financial problems and a broken heart. Yet, when she learned about an abandoned, eyeless kitten, Cooper went to visit him. Today, she is happily married and the kitten, Homer, just celebrated his 13th birthday.

    Armed with PowerPoint to illustrate the cat’s amazing personality, Cooper tells about writing the memoir.

    The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books.  Autographed books will be available for sale.

  • This second event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between  Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James   Roth
    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This second event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James Roth.

  • Author Marjorie Agosin discusses her new memoir and explains how the Chilean coup d’état of 1973 proved to be a turning point in the history of Chile as well as in her own life.
    Monday, October 4, 2010

    The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.

  • KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates a panel discussion on civility in politics.
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    In a USA Today poll, 95 percent said civility in politics is essential to a healthy democracy. So why is it so hard to solve problems when people disagree?

  • Father Paisius (David) Altschul discusses the history of Troost Avenue and the creation of the 200 Years on Troost exhibit currently on display at the Central Library.
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    The curator of the exhibit 200 Years on Troost, Father Paisius (David) Altschul, talks about the avenue's rich history, from Osage Indian trail, to the man who lent it his name, to a bustling 1950s shopping hub, to the turmoil of the 1968 riots.

    Today, it's a community where diversity is appreciated, a new bridge and MAX bus route are being built, and more than 100,000 tulips have been planted. Father Altschul attended high school in the neighborhood and chose to return there to live and work.  He directs Reconciliation Services.

  • Saturday, October 2, 2010
    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    Ron Howard directs this dramatization of the much-heralded interviews conducted by British talk-show host David Frost with President Nixon, three years after his resignation. Starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Rated R. (122 min.)

  • 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, October 2, 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.

  • Friday, October 1, 2010

    Join us in celebrating the release of the latest collection of energetic, original songs titled Swimming in Noodles by Jim Cosgrove, a.k.a. "Mr. Stinky Feet."

    The eighth release from the award-winning Kansas City-based performer serves up a free-flowing bowlful of happy songs with a sunny sound.

  • Historian and author Duane W. Roller presents his book about one of the most famous and misunderstood personalities from classical antiquity.
    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Historian and author Duane W. Roller presents his book, Cleopatra: A Biography, described as a “rich, comprehensive portrait of Cleopatra in her many dimensions.”

  • David Herlihy presents his book about a young man who left his Pennsylvania home in 1892 to travel around the world on a bicycle prototype, only to mysteriously disappear in Turkey.
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    The September 2010 Special Events calendar incorrectly listed the location of this event. David Herlihy will appear at the Plaza Branch.

    David Herlihy presents his book about Frank Lenz, a young man who left his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the spring of 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled “pneumatic safety” (the prototype of the modern bicycle), only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey.