Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Black Sea once served as a maritime highway for ancient and medieval cultures. In its depths, an international team of archaeologists and oceanographers are now discovering shipwrecks using the latest in robotic and digital imaging technology.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes attempts by the government to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.

Puzder contends that the American private sector has always been the initiator of new employment, and consistently introduced the products and service innovations that put millions of people to work.

Co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III launches its second season with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein.

Mark Twain’s novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, established him as one of the great American writers, while some accounts (like that of Ernest Hemingway) cite him as the source of American literature.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Supreme Discomfort, written by Washington Post staffers Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher, tracks the odyssey of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from his poor childhood in Georgia to his law school years at Yale, to his rise within the Republican political establishment.

The book paints a haunting portrait of a man who straddles two different worlds, uneasy in both, and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kansans Osa and Martin Johnson became world-renowned adventurers and filmmakers who recorded their daring travels and jungle experiences from the South Pacific to Africa. Documentaries such as Congorilla and Jungle Depths of Borneo and Osa’s book, I Married Adventure, captured the American imagination. Their legacy survives at the Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas, which continues to preserve their fascinating story.

Sunday, October 16, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library invites children and parents to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:30pm @ Plaza Branch

In conjunction with the world-premiere of “The Darwin Project,” an upcoming co-presentation of The Friends of Chamber Music and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, British scientist Andrew Berry demystifies the most important and misinterpreted of all biological ideas: evolution. A lecturer in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Berry’s research is dedicated to finding evidence of Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection at the DNA level.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Public art inspires dialogue, provides visual appeal, and engages its viewers. This panel, moderated by Porter Arneill, public art administrator for Kansas City includes Jacqueline Chanda, president, Kansas City Art Institute; Julian Zugazagoitia, chief executive officer, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and Mike Burke, King Hershey, P.C., and member Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts.

Co-sponsored by Art in the Loop, Downtown Council and Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City, Missouri.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The third installment in the series that focuses on local entrepreneurs features Mary Carol Garrity, founder of Nell Hill’s and one of today’s most sought-after lifestyle mavens.

After establishing Nell Hill’s in an old bank building in Atchison, Kansas, in 1981, Garrity’s company has become a decorating trend-setter thanks in part to Garrity’s elegant, yet practical tips on everything from holiday decorating to stylish ways to entertain at home.

Garrity has opened a Nell Hill’s at Briarcliff Village in Kansas City, North.

Monday, October 10, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Hindu and the Cowboy, produced by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, is a one-act play inspired by stories of area residents, giving voice to people while bringing forward the experiences that shaped their lives.

The play follows the lives of a Muslim student and his reaction to post-9/11 hatred, a Shawnee cowboy and his grasp on family prairie land, and a Jewish woman and her daring act at Auschwitz.

Co-sponsored by Saint Andrew Christian Church and the Kansas City Festival of Faiths.

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