Previous Special Events

Friday, February 25, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Brother John Anderson will present his amazing new one-man show, John Henry: Man, Myth, and Legend. The program will be at the following locations and times:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries — be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Medical Centers and Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley present The Doctor Is In at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. featuring Shadrach Smith, M.D.


Monday, February 21, 2011
10:45am @ Plaza Branch

The award-winning Up-To-Date program on KCUR 89.3 FM will broadcast a live debate featuring all of the candidates running for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. At the request of KCUR, the venue for the debate has changed to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The primary debate will be held just one day before the city votes to determine which two candidates will compete in a runoff election on March 22.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Historians Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel and Marilyn S. Blackwell discuss their new biography of Clarina Howard Nichols on Sunday, February 20, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, February 20, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This annual series offers probing films paired with discussions featuring cinematic and psychoanalytic experts, including psychologist Barbara Baer and KCAI assistant professor Julie Farstad on February 6 followed by UMKC visiting assistant professor Mitch Brian and mental health counselor Deana Schuplin on February 20.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.


Friday, February 18, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Reading Reptile, Kansas City Public Library, and Johnson County Library will close the 18th Annual Young Writers Contest with a grand reception during Friday Night Family Fun.

Winners will be announced during the event and refreshments will be served.

The contest ran from September 2010 to January 28, 2011. Children aged 5 – 12 could submit poems, essays, and short stories. Contest winners were chosen by local celebrity judges.


Thursday, February 17, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library will host a series of author talks for teens titled Guys Read. Each month will feature different authors discussing their latest books which center around teenage male characters. The series begins in February 2011 and ends in April 2011.


Thursday, February 17, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his latest book in which he contends President Barack Obama did not write his 1995 bestselling autobiography, Dreams from My Father, or his 2006 bestseller, The Audacity of Hope.

In Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America’s First Postmodern President, Cashill contends nothing in Obama’s history suggests he was capable of writing either book. Indeed, Cashill concludes that the real author of Dreams from My Father was Bill Ayers.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This book group experience focuses on works of Victorian literature over the course of four monthly discussions. Explore enduring authors — Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and D.H. Lawrence—with the guidance of expert discussion leaders and a small cadre of like-minded readers.