Previous Special Events

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010

This film examines the Cristero movement, an armed Catholic rebellion against the new federal government, from the perspective of an observant army general. Not rated. (97 min.)


Sunday, November 21, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre kick off the fifth season of the Script-in-Hand series with Sir Tom Stoppard’s play The Real Thing

This Tony Award-winning comedy follows a successful playwright as he negotiates relationships with his wife and mistress, who are both actresses. Its play-within-a-play structure – coupled with the fact that most of the characters work in theater – calls into question when the actors are performing (if at all). Stoppard’s trademark wit and precise language are on full display.

The Script-in-Hand series is sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kansas native John B. McLendon is remembered as an innovative basketball tactician and the last living protégé of James Naismith, basketball’s inventor; but his efforts to break through the color lines of institutional racism in college and professional athletics are equally impressive.

Milton S. Katz discusses McLendon’s accomplishments on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, November 20, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy two nights of storytelling at the Plaza Branch.

Friday night, Gary Kuntz, Melva Hargett, and Priscilla Howe will present stories to make the imaginations of children come alive.

Saturday evening’s adult event will feature Dale Frazier, Jackie Rosine, Donnis Rogers, and Tracy Milsap, all of whom have been instrumental in the rebirth of storytelling in Kansas City. 


Friday, November 19, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy two nights of storytelling at the Plaza Branch.

Friday night, Gary Kuntz, Melva Hargett, and Priscilla Howe will present stories to make the imaginations of children come alive.

Saturday evening’s adult event will feature Dale Frazier, Jackie Rosine, Donnis Rogers, and Tracy Milsap, all of whom have been instrumental in the rebirth of storytelling in Kansas City. 


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Historian Donald Worster discusses John Wesley Powell’s 1869 journey down the Green and Colorado rivers and his trip through the Grand Canyon, the first recorded passage by a European American, on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, examines the foundations of the world’s greatest cities, from the modern metropolis to the ancient polis, in conversation with Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III.

The Fall 2010 issue, dubbed the The City, includes writing from Jane Jacobs, Italo Calvino, Charles Babbage, and Samuel Pepys. The event marks Lapham’s second appearance at the Library. The first was in April 2010.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-nominee David Eisenhower discusses his new book Going Home to Glory.

When President Eisenhower retired, he remained the leader of the Republican Party and continued to be interested in public policy. His counsel, however, was rejected by President Kennedy, he considered Barry Goldwater unqualified, and he could only watch as the Vietnam War divided the nation. In the book, David Eisenhower offers an account of his grandfather’s life during those years.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich on Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. (Please note: the original date of this event has been changed from Monday, November 15, 2010 at the author’s request.)


Monday, November 15, 2010

A corrupt colonel inadvertently endangers the life of his estranged son after he takes a bribe in exchange for the freedom of a notorious revolutionary who faces death by a firing squad. Not rated. (76 min.)