Previous Special Events

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Ballet enthusiast and philanthropist Anne Bass hosts a screening of her new documentary Dancing Across Borders and answers audience questions on Tuesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Quick Change (1990) on September 4. Co-director Murray also stars in a film about New York traffic. After stealing a cool million during a bank heist, Murray and his crew struggle to escape the five burroughs. With Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards, Stanley Tucci, and Tony Shalhoub. Rated R. (88 min.)


Saturday, September 4, 2010
10:00am

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact KCLibraryFriends@gmail.com, or call (816) 701-3468.


Thursday, September 2, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Amy Barickman discusses her new book based on the wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken, a pioneer in the field of "domestic arts," on Thursday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Author and former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias discusses his new mystery novel Danse Macabre, the second book featuring violin pedagogue and amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus.

When beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon, his young African- American rival is tried and ultimately sentenced to death, in part due to Jacobus’ testimony. As evidence surfaces that the wrong man was convicted, Jacobus is dragged back into the case and sets out to discover the truth.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Katie Armitage explores how survivors of Quantrill’s Lawrence Raid rebuilt their lives, their town, and memorialized their experiences. 

William Clarke Quantrill’s Missouri guerrillas raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863, killing 180 men. Women lost husbands, children lost fathers, and fathers lost sons. The survivors who remained were determined to rebuild. Newcomers brought industry and innovation. The University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) grew into major institutions.


Thursday, August 26, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Rosemary Herbert discusses A New Omnibus of Crime, a collection of short stories she co-edited with the late Tony Hillerman, the award-winning author best known for his Navajo Police mystery novels, on Thursday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Restaurateur Carl DiCapo tells the history of Kansas City’s iconic eatery, Italian Gardens, on Sunday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Friday, August 20, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series, presenting a cross section of his favorite films called EbertfestKC.


Friday, August 20, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a special Mad Science show: Bugs, Habitats, and Hives Oh My!

Children will be introduced to all kinds of fun and zany experiments revolving around our insect friends as they witness amazing “Ant-ics”, take part in a queen bee game, and learn about insect defenses and the different habitats where our many-legged friends live.

The event is co-sponsored by Powell Gardens in conjunction with its Big Bugs exhibit running through October 3.