Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.


Saturday, May 28, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, "The apparel oft proclaims the man."

The play, too. No less distinctive than the Bard's timeless text is the look of Shakespearean stage productions, drawing from the fashions of his Elizbethan Age and the 400 years since he wrote his plays.


Friday, May 27, 2016

The son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera traces his love of poetry to childhood and singing songs about the Mexican Revolution learned from his mother. He would go on to become his home state’s poet laureate and, in September 2015, the first Latino poet laureate of the U.S. The New York Times hailed him as one of the first poets to successfully create “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too.”


Thursday, May 26, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has been canceled.

Take Shakespeare’s mistaken-identity farce, The Comedy of Errors. Give it a modern, hip-hop flavor. And you get The Bomb-itty of Errors, a unique, clever, often laugh-out-loud musical adaptation that debuted off-Broadway in 1999.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Author Sean Gorman has spent 20 years navigating wrestling circuits. Evolving from an introverted, small-town kid in New England into one of the loudest and "most hated" villains in all of wrestling. Gorman explains how he got his start in professional wrestling and how he became the "Manager of Champions" in a discussion of his memoir, Until We're Strangers Again.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature’s greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard’s death in 1616 and surviving copies are valued at upwards of $5-6 million today. Folger and his wife founded the Shakespeare Folger Library to house his volumes and other Shakespeare materials, and it now holds 82 of the 235 copies of the Folio known to still exist.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling in two interactive sessions offered by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Participants first are taught the basics of hand-to-hand combat and swordplay. In the second session, they modernize dialogue from Shakespeare’s plays and employ both that dialogue and their new sword fighting skills in enacting short scenes. Appropriate for teens.


Sunday, May 22, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and casts himself in the lead role of Caius Martius, the banished Roman general who aligns with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city. Fiennes shot this brilliant adaptation in war-ravaged Serbia. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

In the fall of 1918, more than a million U.S. soldiers faced a better trained and more experienced German army on the Western Front of World War I. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the Americans’ largest and bloodiest campaign of the war, but the troops led by Gen. John J. Pershing were victorious and helped bring the Great War to an end.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
1:30pm

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.


Kansas City Public Library Beta