Previous Special Events

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.


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

During the 2003 looting of Iraq’s National Museum some 15,000 priceless objects dating back to ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia were damaged or stolen. Donny George, then director general of the museum, is now a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His presentation touches on the circumstances that led to the vandalism, and the ongoing looting of archaeological sites in Iraq.

Co-sponsored by the University of Missouri – Kansas City Classical and Ancient Studies Program and the Archaeological Institute of America.


Monday, February 14, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author John Bemelmans Marciano discusses the latest installment in the Madeline series of children’s books, Madeline at the White House.

In the book, Madeline and 11 other girls visit Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Candle, the lonely only daughter of the president. On the last night of the visit, Madeline and Candle stay up late playing and telling scary stories before topping off the evening with a magical nighttime tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks.


Sunday, February 13, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In celebration of Black History Month, children ages 8-12 are invited to learn about renowned artist Romare Bearden.

Artist Hugh Merrill leads the interactive workshop, and assists attendees with creating individual collages about their own lives. Supplies will be provided. The event complements Merrill’s exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries of the Central Library.