Previous Special Events

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

From racist cartoons and spray-painted anti-Semitic symbols to protest chants and signs condemning gays, hate speech has a long and perplexing history in our country. It pits two deeply held American values, equality and free speech, against each other.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Faith healer? Fraud? Or both?

The enigma that was Francis Schlatter emerged in the American West in the late 1800s. In looks, he resembled popular depictions of Jesus, and some said his very touch could heal everything from migraines and arthritis to blindness and cancer. Thousands flocked to him, first in Albuquerque and then in Denver, most hoping to be cured but some intent on exposing a man they were certain was a fake.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

From his professional acting debut on an early TV game show – for which he accepted a fishing rod as payment – Robert Redford grew into a Hollywood icon, ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 30 greatest actors of all time. He’s an Oscar-winning director, to boot.


Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:30am @ Central Library

Start your MidAmeriCon II day at the Kansas City Public Library with a presentation by science fiction/fantasy authors Beth Cato and Becky Chambers. Enjoy a free continental breakfast courtesy of HarperCollins, then leave your car in the Library District parking garage and hop on the KC Streetcar to spend the rest of the day at the World Science Fiction Convention (www.midamericon2.org).


Friday, August 19, 2016

We are expecting a capacity crowd for this event. The doors to Central Library will open at 8 p.m. Due to inclement weather, the screening has been moved to Kirk Hall, on the main floor.

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

In 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13, 97 min., 1999), a retake of Taming of the Shrew, high school student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is smitten with lovely sophomore Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but he finds she’s forbidden from dating until her rebellious and unpopular older sister Katarina (Julia Stiles) has a boyfriend first. So a plan emerges to set up Kat with school bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) in order to clear the way for the younger couple’s romance.


Friday, August 19, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City-area entertainers Jay and Leslie Cady are off and running with a lively program of circus skills, funny fables, and audience participation. Enjoy a mime baseball game, juggling, and even a look at America’s favorite sport – running for president.


Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City remembers Charles O. Finley, the unconventional owner of baseball’s Athletics when they made their home here in the ’60s, for parading a mule as a mascot, delivering game balls via mechanical rabbit, and outfitting his teams in bright green and gold. That, and jilting KC in 1968 for Oakland.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fifty-plus years after the creation of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, much progress has been made for women in the workplace. But inequalities remain.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Two of the world’s leading writers of epic fantasy – Tamora Pierce (Song of the Lioness, Protector of the Small) and Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage trilogy) – join Library Director of Programming Steven Woolfolk for a discussion of their work and the evolution of the fantasy genre.


Saturday, August 13, 2016
1:30pm

From his professional acting debut on an early TV game show – for which he accepted a fishing rod as payment – Robert Redford grew into a Hollywood icon, ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 30 greatest actors of all time. He’s an Oscar-winning director, to boot.


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