Event Archive

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

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  • Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary on slavery in Missouri based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The film features commentaries by scholars Jimmy Johnson, Diane Mutti Burke, Antonio Holland, and Harriet Frazier.  The screening will be followed by a discussion including Jenkins, Johnson, and Kevin Wilmott, associate professor at KU.

  • Former editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed The Star’s founder and publisher, William Rockhill Nelson, and the founder of the women’s news department, Nell Snead.
    Sunday, August 15, 2010

     Former Kansas City Star editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed to two Star legends, founder and publisher William Rockhill Nelson and founder of The Star’s women’s news department Nell Snead on Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Join us for a very high energy, fast-paced yo-yo performance set to music. Children are encouraged to bring their own yo-yos or yo-yos can be purchased during the event.
    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    The Saturdays at Central series hosts yo-yo extraordinaire Brent Dellinger in a high-energy, fast-paced performance set to music.

    Dellinger will do complicated tricks such as free-hand, double-hand, and off-string – throwing the yo-yo up in the air and catching it by the string. Children are encouraged to bring their own yo-yos or they may purchase Dellinger’s own brand.

    There will be time for questions and some brief instruction for beginners at the end of the performance.

  • 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.