Previous Special Events

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

LaDene Morton, author of The Waldo Story: The Home of Friendly Merchants, traces the history of the district from the Civil War and the coming of the railroad to Waldo’s role in the Kansas City housing boom. Throughout the years the ever-adaptable Waldo neighborhood always seems to find ways to stay modern and prosperous.

Morton is a former researcher and policy analyst at Midwest Research Institute, and past vice president of the Applied Urban Research Institute. She runs the consulting firm I/O & Company.

Sunday, July 15, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Architect Richard Farnan explores six downtown Kansas City buildings that exhibit the symmetrical elegance of the art deco style.

The program looks at the Kansas City Power & Light Bulding, the Union Carbide Building, and the Fidelity National Bank Building.

There is a sister event on July 22 that focuses on City Hall, the Jackson County Courthouse, and the Municipal Auditorium.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Since his first celluloid depiction in 1908, Jesse James has been the subject of more than 40 films and has been portrayed by the likes of Tyrone Power, Audie Murphy, Robert Duvall, and Brad Pitt. Western author Johnny D. Boggs examines this cinematic heritage to separate fact from fiction and myth from reality.

Boggs has written more than 40 novels about the Old West. He is a six-time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America, and in 2004 received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Best-selling urban fiction author ReShonda Tate Billingsley discusses and reads from The Secret She Kept, her new novel about a marriage threatened by mental illness.

A Houston resident and the mother of three, Billingsley has written 23 books for adults and teens. She has been a reporter for the National Enquirer and an on-air anchor for television stations in Oklahoma City and Houston.

Friday, July 13, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Didgeridoo Down Under combines music, puppetry, and comedy to teach Australian culture. Learn to play the didgeridoo, the traditional wooden wind instrument of Australian aborigines.

Lindsey Dank is a founding member of Didg Revolution and co-creater of Dragon Fly Rhythms, which teaches how to make and play the didgeridoo.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

How could a president have won a war and lost a re-election? For George H.W. Bush, being Commander-in-Chief during Desert Storm was not enough.

John Robert Greene, author of The Presidency of George Bush, sets Bush’s presidency in the context of the Reagan years and reviews his foreign policy successes, such as the war with Iraq and an improved relationship with Russia, and nagging domestic issues such as economic recession, “Read My Lips,” and the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court appointment.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The campaigning is over. The polls have closed. The voters have retreated to their living rooms to catch the results on television. But for election workers the night is still young with much more to do. Representatives of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners explain what happens after your vote is cast. Voting memory cards must be collected, secured and uploaded into the Election Board’s system. Only then can the final results be calculated and the winners announced.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with James Naismith, portrayed by Bill Worley.

In 1891 Canadian minister and physical education teacher James Naismith invented a game that could be played indoors. He called it “basket ball” after the peach baskets which served as goals. A few years later he founded the University of Kansas basketball program (he worked for KU until his retirement in 1937 at the age of 76).

Monday, July 9, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1659 which allows Kansas City to create a land bank for the purpose of acquiring, rehabilitating, and reselling abandoned and blighted properties. The Governor went to the Lucile H. Bluford Branch Library in Kansas City to sign the bill.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fifth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

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