Previous Special Events

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.


Friday, August 12, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Celebrate all things LEGO®. Meet a LEGOLAND Discovery Center character, see if you can stump master model builder Joe Nunnick in a five-minute building contest, and test your skills in other LEGO challenges.

Ages 7-12.


Thursday, August 11, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

It's not just bullies in the schoolyard that should worry us. Charles Derber and Yale Magrass point to a larger, more systemic problem with aggression and intimidation – waged by corporations, by Congress, by our military.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

One prominent theologian calls Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church “arguably the most obnoxious Protestant congregation in American religious history.” It is known for its “God Hates” slogan and all-be-damned picketing of funerals, scenes of national tragedy, and other sites and occasions of church members’ choosing.


Saturday, August 6, 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 6, 2016
9:00am

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Looking for some good reads, new music, or a movie or two to enjoy this summer and fall? On the first Saturday of the month from August through October, in the atrium north of Steamboat Arabia at the City Market, the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are selling an array of books and other items for a mere $1 to $2. Choose from recently published hardback fiction, nonfiction, popular young adult, and audio books; soft-cover books for all ages; DVDs; and CDs. Some “special finds” are priced at $5 and up.
Sales run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sale dates:


Friday, August 5, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

After five weeks of drama classes, participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience.

Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by youth ages 3-17 taught by theatre instructor John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

All ages.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Begin your First Friday outing at the Central Library with visits to our two galleries, live music, refreshments, and more during an open house showcasing some of the building's unique spaces.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

We are expecting a capacity crowd for this event. The doors to the Truman Forum Auditorium will open at 5:45 p.m. and attendees will be admitted on a first come-first served basis. Please note: An RSVP does not guarantee a seat in the auditorium. Overflow seating will be made available in the Northwest Corner on the main floor of the Library, where the event will be shown via closed circuit television. A livestream will also be available at youtube.com/kclibrary.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

From its early days as a cowtown – a jumping-off point to the West and shipping center for meat and wheat – Kansas City not only grew into a Midwest manufacturing and commercial hub. It also blossomed into a cultural center. During a time of rapid change in popular music, the sounds of military marches gave way in the city to syncopated ragtime and lively jazz.


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