Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Friday, June 17, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun hosts an informative, creative, hands-on program that will help children learn about who lived in Missouri during the Civil War era.

The program focuses primarily on Chinese, African, and Mexican children in Missouri in the mid-1800s. A discussion will take place about the reasons each culture chose to immigrate to Missouri. The program includes games from the Civil War era and ends with a craft.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Fourth Biennial Urban Farms and Gardens Tour, a week-long showcase of urban agriculture across the Kansas City metro area, kicks off with a presentation by author, farmer, and food system activist Michael Ableman.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews renowned Kansas City entrepreneur Gail Lozoff, marking the official start of the Library’s Kansas City—Cradle of Entrepreneurs series.

Lozoff is a third-generation entrepreneur whose innovation and creativity has positioned her as one of Kansas City’s most influential business persons of the past 30 years.

The co-founder of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Lozoff is best known for creating Bagel & Bagel, a local chain she sold to Boston Market that eventually became Einstein Bros. Bagels.


Sunday, June 12, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Children, ages 8-12, are invited to create art with Kansas City artist Lynus Young, who leads the interactive program inside the Art Spot of the Plaza Branch. Various art supplies are provided.

The event complements Young’s exhibit, Vapor DEVA, on display in the Guldner Gallery of the Central Library through June 19, 2011.


Thursday, June 9, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Twenty-four elite area high school singers under the direction of Simon Carrington hold an open rehearsal in preparation for a performance alongside the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.

The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers is a world-class music ensemble based in Kansas City. Under the artistic direction of Carrington, founding member of the King’s Singers, the SCCS is made up of 24 choral singers from across North America.

The SCCS sponsors a high school master class ensemble, providing high school students the opportunity to work together under Carrington’s direction.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mark Hull of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Hull discusses Rommel’s roles in both world wars, with a special emphasis on his command of the Afrikakorps, the German expeditionary force in Libya and Tunisia from 1941-43.

This is the seventh and concluding event in this year’s Great Commanders series.

Co-sponsored by the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Author Victoria Christopher Murray discusses her new novel The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil — the story of a couple struggling to find their way amidst corruption, betrayal, and the ultimate temptation.

Evia and Adam have been in love since high school, but things become difficult when Adam loses his job and they find they cannot support their family of five on Evia’s salary as an executive assistant.

The couple have no idea what to do until Evia’s boss, Shay Shaunte, makes a proposition that sends their world spinning out of control.


Sunday, June 5, 2011
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

David Meyers, a professor of medicine- cardiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, presents a discussion on Medicine in the Civil War.

Meyers is a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons. For more than 25 years, he has lectured on Civil War medicine. In his presentation, Meyers examines the surgical techniques used during the war as well as the predominance of disease as a cause of death.