Previous Special Events

Friday, July 29, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mad Science of Greater Kansas City activates an interactive Rube Goldberg machine – an over-complicated contraption that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task. In this case, it’s to get you to open a book. Great for all ages!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Join us for a screening of the documentary Design Disruptors, in which viewers enter the world of more than 15 industry-toppling companies – valued at more than $1 trillion combined – with one unifying advantage: The transformative power of design.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Many Americans see life in Cuba in black and white terms, as either a David-vs.-Goliath story of survival over nearly 50 years or constant oppression by a Communist dictatorship.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.


Thursday, July 21, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Michael S. Neiberg, a history professor and Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, goes inside the conference in a discussion of his book Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe. It won the Truman Library Institute’s 2016 Harry S. Truman Book Award.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, features 25 temporary artworks and performances in Oppenstein and Ilus Davis parks and at stops along KC’s new streetcar route.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities introducing them to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).


Sunday, July 17, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Henry F Hoit designed many of Kansas City’s most iconic commercial and residential buildings, including the Kansas City Power & Light Building, the Kansas City Athletic Club, and the Bell Telephone Building. His relationship with R.A. Long resulted in the design of Corinthian Hall, Longview Farm, and the R.A. Long Building.

Susan Jezak Ford, architectural historian, researcher and preservation consultant, discusses Hoit’s career in the final installment of the Library’s 2016 Kansas City Architecture Series.

2016 Architecture Series events:


Sunday, July 17, 2016

The 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City was historic – the last major U.S. political convention in which the presidential nomination was decided onsite. Days of debate, deals, and handshakes ended with incumbent Gerald Ford pulling out a narrow victory over former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, and the intense deliberations extended to the selection of Kansas Sen. Bob Dole as Ford’s running mate.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

This time nearly a century ago, Kansas City was approaching what local historian Joelouis Mattox calls the "Gloomy Years" – a nearly four-decade period in which African Americans were subjected to bigotry and discrimination. They could not stay at “white” hotels and motels, eat at downtown restaurants, ride in Yellow taxis, or use Swope Park’s whites-only swimming pool or golf course. Only once a year were they granted admission to Fairyland Amusement Park at 75th and Prospect.


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