Previous Special Events

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.


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.


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