Event Archive

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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Format: 2016-02-12
Format: 2016-02-12
  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs  and join us on the Rooftop Terrace for a movie under the stars. This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series focuses on people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.
    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

    The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands. In Tron, a video game programmer (Jeff Bridges) is transported through a pixel portal into the neon world he created.

  • Have you got what it takes to be a superhero? Attend our training camp and practice feats of strength, agility, and bravery. Make crafts. And get an official Library Superhero certificate.   Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Have you got what it takes to be a superhero? Attend our training camp and practice feats of strength, agility, and bravery. Make crafts. And get an official Library Superhero certificate.

    Costumes are encouraged. Or you can make your own at camp.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough discusses his new book on the lives, trials, and ultimate triumph of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, selecting the Kansas City Public Library for a special engagement.
    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough explores the lives, trials, and ultimate triumph of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright in his latest book, telling a great American story as it has never before been told.

    The Dayton, Ohio, brothers endured four years of contrary weather, accidents, disappointment, and public indifference and ridicule before their Wright Flyer became the first mechanically powered, heavier-than-air machine to sustain controlled flight with a pilot aboard in December 1903. McCullough chronicles not only the technological achievements but also Orville’s and Wilbur’s human side – including their close relationship with sister Katharine, who would go on to marry Kansas City Star editor Henry Joseph Haskell.

  • Richard Barbuto of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Napoleon’s agonizing defeat at Waterloo – the leaders and followers, the myths and the legends, and the maelstrom of combat 200 years ago today.
    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Two hundred years ago today, on a sodden Belgian field, one of the greatest conquerors of all time went down to agonizing and ultimate defeat. All that remained was “La Gloire,” the intangible exhilaration shared by all who participated and survived.

    Napoleon Bonaparte, by dint of relentless focus and ambition, abetted by unmatched talent, once had crowned himself emperor of France. His military and political genius was manifest throughout Europe and, indeed, the world. But hubris proved a fatal flaw.

    Richard Barbuto of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the leaders and followers, the myths and the legends, and the swirling maelstrom of combat that marked Napoleon’s Waterloo.

  • Time magazine’s Richard Zoglin discusses the gifted but flawed subject of his illuminating book. Comedian Bob Hope was a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends. He also was an indiscriminate womanizer and, regrettably, stayed in show business too long.
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Time magazine theater critic Richard Zoglin grew up watching Bob Hope’s movies and followed the comedian’s rise to multimedia superstardom and tireless work for U.S. troops and charities. “Then I watched as he alienated himself from an entire generation during the Vietnam War,” Zoglin says, recalling the heat Hope took for supporting American involvement, “and that made him even more interesting to me.”

    Zoglin, a Kansas City native who has been with Time since 1983, discusses the gifted but flawed subject of his book Hope: Entertainer of the Century. Hope, the star, was a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends. He also could be cold and self-centered, was an indiscriminate womanizer, and regrettably stayed in show business too long, becoming a cue card-reading antique.

  • Launching a new series, Real/Modern: KC, social media and digital marketing veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a fast-paced public discussion about the ways organizations and businesses use Kansas City as a selling point.
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    The Library launches a new series, Real/Modern: KC, that takes a humorous, opinionated, intimate, and informative look at the modern world of design, technology, and media engagement. In this inaugural installment, social media and digital marketing veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a panel discussion about the ways local organizations use Kansas City as a selling point. Is the current Cowtown buzz helping area firms attract clients and recruit talent? Are developments like Google Fiber making KC a major player on the tech scene? Does the city need more than hometown sports and cultural offerings to elevate its reputation?

    The fast-paced format features three elements: a quick rundown of timely industry news and topics followed by an interactive, in-person and online question-and-answer session and finally a lively conversation among Mohsen, Kreicbergs, and a panel of featured guests.

  • As part of the four-day HEAR Now Festival, award-winning audiobook narrators including Barbara Rosenblat and Dion Graham discuss the appeal of audiobooks and how to become a narrator. They also read from some of their favorite works.
    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    The HEAR Now Festival—the audio equivalent of a film festival—returns to Kansas City to celebrate storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and more.

  • On the eve of the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show, Kansas City’s fashion industry harkens back to its illustrious past. Seamstresses from the Garment District’s 20th-century heyday share their stories with fashion show co-executive producer Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer.
    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Program: 6:30 p.m. • Reception Follows

    On the eve of the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show, Kansas City’s fashion industry harkens back to its illustrious past – to the golden age of the 20th century when more than 150 garment design and manufacturing companies boasted a workforce of more than 5,000.

    A panel of seamstresses from the Garment District heyday—Cherry Barthel, Sarah Guillen, Loretta Ortiz, Catalina Reyes, and Fatma Konyalioglu—sit down with Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, the co-executive producer of this year’s fashion show, to share their unique stories. It was their skill and work ethic that powered the Garment District, and they serve today as a valuable resource for the growing number of individuals making a living in Kansas City’s fashion community.

    Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library and the West 18th Street Fashion Show.

  • Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady utilize juggling, a touch of magic, and the adventures of library hero Dewey Decimal as they explore feats of skill, daring, and just plain, dumb luck.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Some are born to be heroic, and others just bumble into it. Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady utilize juggling, a touch of magic, and the adventures of library hero Dewey Decimal as they explore feats of skill, daring, and just plain, dumb luck. Appropriate for all ages.

  • In a discussion of his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges examines the social and psychological factors that foster rebellion. And he suggests that environmental destruction and wealth polarization are planting the seeds of worldwide revolt today.
    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Revolutions historically have come in waves, and the world appears to be riding one now – from the Arab Spring to anti-austerity protests in Greece to the more recent Occupy movement.

    In a discussion of his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges examines the social and psychological factors that foster rebellion. And he makes the case that environmental destruction and wealth polarization are planting the seeds of modern revolt in the U.S. and around the globe.

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