Previous Special Events

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II will host Coffee with Cleaver as part of the grand opening festivities of the Health & Wellness Center. 


Friday, November 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun hosts children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares to speak about his book Henry Aaron’s Dream.

Described as a captivating biography, the book tells the story of a young Aaron living in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like an impossible dream of playing major league baseball. Tavares details Aaron’s sandlot days all the way through his time playing in the Negro Leagues up to his first spring training game with the Braves.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Local artists Porter Arneill and Ascot Smith discuss the state of public art in Kansas City as well as Smith’s Forever People, the most recent addition to Kansas City’s ARTwall, the custom-designed billboard that exhibits super-sized contemporary art at 13th and Grand streets.


Thursday, November 11, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt, and local children's illustrator Laura Huliska Beith, on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, November 11, 2010
1:00pm

Location: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th Street

Historian Shawn Faulkner discusses the life and career of John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, the Missouri-born commander of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I, on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Robert Hirst, general editor and official curator of the Mark Twain Papers and Project at the University of California – Berkeley, discusses the release of Twain’s unexpurgated autobiography on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Georganne Wheeler Nixon, first lady of the State of Missouri, will offer opening remarks on Twain and his importance to the state.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Father and son Henry and Tom Bloch discuss the founding of H&R Block and explain how the company transitioned from a Kansas City-based bookkeeping business to the “Nation’s Largest Income Tax Service” on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, November 8, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and Festival of Faiths of Kansas City present The Hindu and the Cowboy, a one-act play inspired by the stories of Kansas City residents, on Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

An encore performance takes place on Monday, November 8, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch.


Monday, November 8, 2010

This film focuses on a group of brave peasants called the Leones de San Paulo, who are nearly exterminated after a series of defeats. When the last soldier is ordered to kill a diseased comrade, his revolutionary zeal fades altogether. Not rated. (92 min.)


Monday, November 8, 2010

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Writers at Work series with an appearance by National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Joyce Carol Oates on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.