Previous Special Events

Thursday, October 21, 2010

From June - September 1692, 19 people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Just in time for Halloween, historian Bryan Le Beau offers a much-needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials, placing them into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relating the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout 17th century New England.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by local actor Bob Brand.


Monday, October 18, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
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This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.


Monday, October 18, 2010
11:00am

In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library announces its annual Food for Fines Week from October 18 - 24, 2010.

During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undam­aged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bill Stancil presents Rockhurst University: The First 100 Years, a lecture supplemented with numerous historical photos, on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, October 16, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
The Great Debates Revisited
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  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

The Kennedy-Nixon debates receive a close analysis in one entire chapter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Making of the President 1960, authored by political journalist Theodore H. White. The book is a classic American history and political science text that launched a whole genre of narrative journalism that is still imitated.


Friday, October 15, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy a fun, interactive concert designed for children of all ages, featuring songs woven together with stories told by well-known local storyteller Priscilla Howe. A former children's librarian, Howe is deeply invested in encouraging kids to read. Howe tells stories from books and world folktales, served with a generous dollop of humor to be appreciated by audiences of all ages.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

From bandits to gangsters, from kidnappers to gunslinging evangelists, Kansas City has proved to be a hotbed for criminals. In Kansas City Crime Central, longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor Monroe Dodd recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds.

His new book not only covers the area’s most notorious crimes, but also details the gangland shooting of Ferris Anthon in the 1930s and a 1890s hanging for which the sheriff sent out printed invitations.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The classic children’s novel Robinson Crusoe bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe in 1719. Decades after the author’s death, editors stripped the novel of its religious center and existential elements to create the tale of adventure and ingenuity that is well-known to generations of readers.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
  • Special Events
  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

This third event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.