Previous Special Events

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Presidential races are the stuff of myth, sometimes literally. Like the 1952 contest between Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, both purportedly reluctant candidates who were somewhat out of touch with their campaigns.

Cazenovia College history professor and presidential scholar John Robert Greene, author of The Crusade: The Presidential Election of 1952, sets the record straight in a discussion of the race ultimately won decisively by Eisenhower. The myth makers, he maintains, underrate the political shrewdness of the two men, each of whom wanted to win and recognized that voters were more receptive to a candidate who was “above politics.”


Sunday, August 2, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Mike Yeates and Andrew Mackey explain how they took an all-but-forgotten home and made it the office site of their business, The Real Estate Store. The home (9550 NE Cookingham Dr) is possibly the oldest in the Kansas City area and a rare early example of Gothic Revival architecture in the Midwest.

The 2015 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.


Saturday, August 1, 2015
9:00am

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact info@kclibraryfriends.org, or call 816.701.3468.


Friday, July 31, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City-born kid rocker Jim Cosgrove, one of America’s leading family entertainers, infuses his high-energy show with a message that resonates with everyone: Hang onto the wonder of youth and love yourself, your neighbor, and the earth. Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Author Jack Cashill discusses his new book, Scarlet Letters: The Ever Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism and documents what he calls an unfortunate mutation in America's liberal tradition, namely the unholy rise of neo-puritanism.

Cashill argues that progressive neo-puritans show less interest in celebrating the many colors of the multicultural rainbow than they do in condemning those who resist the celebration. The accusers insist, he says, that resistance is born out of hatred – of blacks, of gays, of immigrants, of Muslims, of women, of poor people, even, yes, of mother earth. “Hate” stands as the umbrella sin for all dissenters.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Best-selling author and screenwriter Chris Enss—born and raised in Norborne, Missouri—specializes in stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West, a passion she shares with fellow award-winning writers Bill Markley, Monty McCord, and Sherry Monahan.

Led by Enss, the four writers discuss their latest works and share their stories of the Old West on the first stop of their Most Intrepid Western Authors Posse tour of the Midwest.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The political gulf between them may have been wide, but conservative icon William F. Buckley and the left-wing Norman Mailer cut remarkably parallel tracks through the 1960s. Both wrote best-selling first books (Buckley’s God and Man at Yale and Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead). Both founded important periodicals (National Review and The Village Voice, respectively). Both ran for mayor of New York.

They argued publicly about every major issue of the decade—the counterculture, Vietnam, feminism, civil rights, the Cold War—but behind the scenes were friends and confidantes.

University of Illinois at Chicago historian Kevin M. Schultz discusses his revealing new book about two towering figures who served as the Sixties’ ideological bookends.


Sunday, July 26, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Jon Knight, who oversees design senior principal at Populous, describes the changes being made to the Board of Trade Building (4800 Main St.). The 49-year-old building will soon be the new home of Populous, the Kansas City-based architecture firm specializing in sports stadiums and arena design, as well as various other tenants.

The 2015 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.


Saturday, July 25, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Community experts and local teens conduct workshops on activism and empowerment. Among the speakers: Dawson Barrett, an assistant history professor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, whose book Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists from the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow examines the policies and political struggles that have shaped the lives of high school students over the past century.


Friday, July 24, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Dads and longtime musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker are a high-energy, power-pop band—Big Bang Boom—whose mix of alternative, hip-hop, country, pop, and other genres makes it hard for both kids and grownups to stay in their seats. Youngsters can take the stage for the Sponge Bob Chorus and take on their parents in the Hokey Pokey Challenge. Appropriate for all ages.