Event Archive

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Format: 2014-10-21
Format: 2014-10-21
  • 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.

  • Come to the Plaza Branch to experience YOUth Fringe during Friday Night Family Fun and continuing on Saturday for a full day of performances for YOUth by YOUth.
    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

    Both Friday and Saturday's events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday's activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.

  • Come to the Plaza Branch to experience YOUth Fringe during Friday Night Family Fun and continuing on Saturday for a full day of performances for YOUth by YOUth.
    Friday, July 23, 2010

    YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

    Both Friday and Saturday’s events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday’s activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.

  • Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her biography of Mithradates, one of Rome’s most relentless but least understood foes.
    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her new book, The Poison King, a compelling account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.