Event Archive

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Format: 2015-08-03
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  • The Guldner Gallery completes its 2011 series of exhibits that feature local talent with the artwork of Lynus Young, a painter and sculptor who works evoke an archeological dig of a lost landscape.
    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    The Guldner Gallery at the Central Library completes its 2011 series of exhibitions that feature local talent with the artwork of Lynus Young.

  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (May - September)  as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer  Book Sale Series.
    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

    Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – September) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

  • Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a rockin’ concert for kids by Dino O’Dell! Winners of the 2011 Children’s Bookmark Contest will be announced during the event.
    Friday, May 6, 2011

    The Kansas City Public Library prepares for Children’s Book Week by recognizing the winners of the 2011 Children’s Bookmark Contest and rockin’ out to Dino O’Dell at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • On the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's pioneering space mission, Roger D. Launius of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum reconsiders the legacy of Project Mercury and America's first astronauts.
    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury.

    Roger D. Launius, a senior curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, reconsiders NASA’s pioneering program, examining the origins of these first attempts to reach into space, the Cold War “space race,” and Project Mercury’s meaning a half-century later.

  • Kansas native and renowned baseball statistician Bill James discusses his new book, a detailed examination of murder and misdeeds throughout American history.
    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Kansas native and renowned baseball statistician Bill James discusses his new book Popular Crime, an examination of murder and misdeeds throughout American history.

  • Gregorio Luke offers a blow-by-blow description of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 in a multimedia presentation featuring paintings, illustrations, and maps.
    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in1862. Now one of the most popular celebrations in the Latino community, it is an inspiration for the oppressed everywhere and an example that no army however powerful can overcome a united and determined people.

    On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, distinguished Mexican lecturer Gregorio Luke offers a blow by blow description of the battle plus historical background on the attempt by France to turn Mexico into a colony during the 1860s in a multimedia presentation featuring period paintings, illustrations, and maps. The program takes place at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., and begins at 6 p.m.

  • On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the waters and vanished. Author Matthew Algeo discusses his new book, the first full account of the president’s disappearance and the medical condition that necessitated it.
    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the waters of Long Island Sound, and disappeared. What happened was so incredible that, even when the truth was finally revealed, many Americans would not believe it.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents landmark modern plays about Big Ideas, such as the subtle equation of American identity or the science that makes energy from exploding relationships.   Guys and Dolls
    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    The Library’s fifth Script-in-Hand season closes with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s performance of Guys and Dolls, featuring music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

  • In recognition of Preservation Week, the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.
    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    In recognition of Preservation Week (April 24–30, 2011), the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.

    On April 16, Special Collections Librarian Lucinda Adams leads a presentation on Caring for Print Photographs. On April 30, Digital Projects Manager Jordan Fields leads a presentation on Preserving Digital Images.

  • Celebrate Arbor Day with a launch party for the Townleys’ two latest tree-themed books.
    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Friday Night Family Fun celebrates Arbor Day with a launch party titled Branching Out for Roderick and Wyatt Townley’s new publications.

    Local writers Roderick and Wyatt Townley have seldom had new books released at the same time and never on the same theme . . . trees.