Event Archive

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

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  • Curator Dee Harris discusses the new National Archives exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood.
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    National Archives and Records Administration Exhibits Specialist Dee Harris discusses Cowboys, Quacks, and Carousels: Stories of Kansas.

  • Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Eckstut, a literary agent, and Sterry, a book doctor, demystify every step of the publishing process.  Attendees will be randomly selected to pitch their book idea to a panel of experts.
    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry talk about The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. This event was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2011, but was rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions on that day. If you submitted an RSVP to the January 31 event, you will need to RSVP again.

  • Sunday, February 27, 2011

    Area artist Hugh Merrill discusses his exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries at the Central Library.

    Merrill’s drawings are influenced by many cultural and visual references that include industry, commerce, and architecture. He describes his mixed media works as “floating in an uncertain void, disconnected from social, scientific, and mythical realities that sustain belief.”

  • Shakespeare Competition
    Sunday, February 27, 2011

    The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union will hold its 27th annual Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Students from 10 area schools will compete for first place in a competition designed to develop students’ speaking and critical thinking skills, as well as their appreciation of literature, as they explore the timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works.

  • Local storyteller Brother John Anderson presents his amazing new one man show, John Henry; Man, Myth and Legend.
    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Brother John Anderson will present his amazing new one-man show, John Henry: Man, Myth, and Legend. The program will be at the following locations and times:

  • Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries—be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries — be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.

  • The Doctor Is In, a series of  one-on-one Q&A sessions with physicians and dentists, features Shadrach Smith, M.D. answering questions on subjects from weight loss to depression.
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Medical Centers and Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley present The Doctor Is In at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. featuring Shadrach Smith, M.D.

  • Up-To-Date with Steve Kraske: Kansas City Mayoral Primary Debate
    Monday, February 21, 2011

    The award-winning Up-To-Date program on KCUR 89.3 FM will broadcast a live debate featuring all of the candidates running for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. At the request of KCUR, the venue for the debate has changed to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The primary debate will be held just one day before the city votes to determine which two candidates will compete in a runoff election on March 22.

  • Historians Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel and Marilyn Blackwell discuss their new biography of Clarina Howard Nichols, who helped forge a political role for women in 19th century Kansas and across the nation.
    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Historians Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel and Marilyn S. Blackwell discuss their new biography of Clarina Howard Nichols on Sunday, February 20, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • This annual film series takes on a new theme – Marriage and Family: Under the Surface, offering probing films and expert discussions of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.   Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    This annual series offers probing films paired with discussions featuring cinematic and psychoanalytic experts, including psychologist Barbara Baer and KCAI assistant professor Julie Farstad on February 6 followed by UMKC visiting assistant professor Mitch Brian and mental health counselor Deana Schuplin on February 20.

    Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.