Event Archive

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  • 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.

  • A behind the scenes look at the planning, casting, and development of this year’s production
    Monday, June 8, 2009

    On Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Earliest Sitcom, a series of programs celebrating one of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedies.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents Sophocles' Antigonee, the fifth of six plays in the Law and Literature Script-in-Hand series
    Sunday, June 7, 2009

    The third season of the Script-in-Hand series of stage performances, presented by the Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., with Antigone.

  • Nancy Powell takes a closer look at the work of Nelle Elizabeth Peters
    Sunday, June 7, 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.

    All programs in the series begin at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.