Event Archive

Search our archive of past events at the Library! You can search by keyword - such as event title, subject, or presenter name - or by a date range. To search for an exact phrase, put it in quotation marks. If you know the specific date of an event, enter the same date in both fields. Search results will only show events that match ALL entered terms.

Format: 2015-03-27
Format: 2015-03-27
  • Tom Cooke takes a closer look at the work of Mary Rockwell Hook
    Sunday, June 14, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Women in Architecture

    The women architects who helped shape Kansas City neighborhoods and beyond are the subject of the second season of They Built Kansas City, a series examining the work of architects responsible for some of the city’s most recognizable structures.

  • Fashion historian Bonnie Hansen takes on one of the most  controversial First Ladies –  including her love of fashion –  with a program that includes period dress
    Saturday, June 13, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln

    Nearly 150 years after she went to Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln remains one of our most controversial First Ladies. She was vivacious, flirtacious, and prone to fits of temper yet charming and ambitious. Join Westport and Fashion Historian, Bonnie Hansen, as we take a look at Mary Todd Lincoln's life, her love for Lincoln, and the fashions of the day through the use of Historical Photos and Period Clothing.

  • Comedian, magician, and balloon artist Gene Hernandez presents an award-winning show that has been described as “a laugh a minute”
    Saturday, June 13, 2009

    On Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the magic of Gene Hernandez of Imagine! Magic Productions is sure to amaze in a program full of tricks and audience participation.

  • Children’s musician Thaddeus Rex Reads Like a Rock Star with a unique brand of high octane music and contagious enthusiasm
    Friday, June 12, 2009

    On Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m., children’s musician Thaddeus Rex will Read Like a Rock Star at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    A PBS veteran and award-winning songwriter, Thaddeus Rex’s unique brand of high octane music and contagious enthusiasm has been hailed by the Washington Post as “part Monty Python, part Dr. Seuss” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a sincere celebration of reading.”

  • Thursday, June 11, 2009

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City English Department welcomes Hilda Raz and Hadara Bar-Nadav for reading and a discussion of their poetry. Hilda Raz is a professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her books include Trans and The Best from Prairie Schooner: Fiction and Poetry. Hadara Bar-Nadaz’s book of poetry, A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, won the Margie book prize in 2007.

  • The chairman emeritus of  H&R Block discusses how the entrepreneurial start-up he and  his brother Richard co-founded in Kansas City in 1955 grew to become the world’s largest tax services company
    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    To mark the grand opening of the H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Central Library, join us for a public conversation with Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block. Conducted by Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library, the program takes place on Thursday, June 11, at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m.

  • Historian David O. Stewart discusses his contention that Johnson nearly unraveled  Lincoln’s legacy
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Andrew Johnson

    Author and historian David O. Stewart discusses his new book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Michael Perry presents his latest humorous memoir
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Farm Life Memoirs

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Michael Perry for a presentation based on his book Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the visionary whose crowning achievement was the railroad that became the Kansas City Southern
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in June with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be taped in upcoming months. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

  • Author Diane Wei Liang discusses her memoir of China in the years between the Cultural Revolution and the crushing of the pro-democracy movement at  Tiananmen Square
    Monday, June 8, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Memoirs of China

    Nearly 20 years to the day that the Chinese government violently cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, author Diane Wei Liang discusses her memoir of the period, Lake With No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China, on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.