Previous Special Events

Friday, November 20, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Billy Cody lived as a boy on a homestead in Kansas, went to work at age 11 when his father was killed in the Civil War-era border war with Missouri, became a Pony Express rider at 14, and ultimately learned the skills of a scout, Indian fighter, and buffalo hunter. He gained worldwide fame as Buffalo Bill, star of the traveling Wild West shows.

Award-winning author Andrea Warren discusses the subject of her latest nonfiction book for young readers, The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The U.S. Army wanted something lightweight, fast, and versatile when it put out a call to auto manufacturers for an all-terrain reconnaissance vehicle at the advent of World War II. It got that and more – the Jeep, which rolled out on Armistice Day in 1940, spawned a civilian version five years later, and became the forerunner of the modern SUV.

Louis DiMarco, an associate professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, looks at the development, history, and legacy of the Jeep in conjunction with its 75th anniversary. Famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle marveled in 1943 that “it does everything. It goes everywhere. It's as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat.” The brand remains iconic today.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

From baseball’s Royals to football’s Chiefs to soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, KC’s sports teams play to a notably enthusiastic fan base – amid a rapid-fire click of shutters as local photographers chronicle the thrills, spills, and on- and off-the-field drama.

Three of the best, David Eulitt and John Sleezer of The Kansas City Star and KC-based freelancers Jamie Squire and Denny Medley, share samples of their work and discuss what makes a great sports photo. The event complements the Pictures of the Year International exhibit Visions of Excellence on display at the Central Library through November 29.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Saturday, November 14, 2015
11:00am @ Plaza Branch

What happens when children with autism become adults with autism and want to have lives, including romantic relationships, of their own? The new documentary Autism in Love deftly humanizes those who fall on the autism spectrum, following four individuals — a socially isolated young man, a couple in their 30s working through the challenges of long-term commitment, and a middle-aged man whose wife is gravely ill — as they pursue or manage romance.

The film is screened as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. A discussion follows; panelists include representatives from the Kansas City chapter of the advocacy organization Autism Speaks.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Friday, November 13, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog has spread positive, dance-inducing vibrations since 2006. The group just released its fifth family-friendly album (and first specifically for kids) appropriately titled “For the Kids.” Appropriate for all ages.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

World chess champion-turned-human rights activist Garry Kasparov sounded his first warning about Vladimir Putin in 2001.

He now compares the Russian president with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the Islamic State as an enemy of political liberty and the modern world order. In a discussion of his book, Kasparov examines what he says is Putin’s evolution from local to regional to global threat and advocates that the U.S. and its allies stand up to the bully rather than try to appease him.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Lady Bird Johnson was no mere White House photo prop.

The former Claudia Taylor once was described by husband Lyndon Johnson as “the brains and money of this family.” Her business acumen helped point him to the White House, and she was a steadying influence on a man noted for his moodiness and volatility. Among other accomplishments, her efforts as an environmentalist led to the Highway Beautification Act.

Author Betty Boyd Caroli examines Lady Bird’s exceptional life in a discussion of her new book Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


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