Previous Special Events

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Author Christopher B. Leinberger describes how government policy over the last 60 years – driven by the auto and oil industry – has encouraged suburban sprawl with its strip malls and isolated housing developments. The result: decline of community, urban decay, pollution, and a rise in obesity and asthma. But there’s a new approach (or perhaps it’s an old approach) in which citizens live, work, and play within easy walking distance.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In April 1862 a Union force under Ulysses S. Grant and a Confederate army led by Albert Sidney Johnston clashed in southwestern Tennessee in the Battle of Shiloh. Precisely 150 years later, military historian Gregory S. Hospodor discusses what was to that point the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War and explains how it brought home to both sides the grim reality of the conflict.

Hospodor is an associate professor of military history at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was named teacher of the year for 2011.


Monday, April 16, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The British Museum’s Roger Bland looks at the successes of the U.K.’s Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme, legislation aimed at curbing the looting of historic sites while guaranteeing that those who find treasure are compensated.

Bland is head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasures of the United Kingdom and is the American Institute of Archaeology’s Metcalf Lecturer for 2011-2012.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Irish writer Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz is the followup to her international bestseller The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She discusses her work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.

As with The Gathering, Enright offers a momentous drama of everyday life: the volatile connections between people and a wry take on families, marriage, and brittle middle age. In Gina Moynihan she gives us yet another unforgettable heroine on a journey of the heart.


Sunday, April 15, 2012
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.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Kristen Iversen, author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, examines the colorful life of the famed “unsinkable” Molly Brown. In A Rare Titanic Family Julie Hedgepeth Williams reveals the story of her great uncle and his family, who barely avoided going down with the ship.


Saturday, April 14, 2012
1:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Author Wade Sisson discusses the Titanic’s sister ship, the R.M.S. Olympic, which steamed 300 miles in a desperate rescue mission to pick up survivors of the now legendary disaster. In his book Racing Through the Night, Sisson looks at the entwined fates of these two “unsinkable” vessels.

A resident of Overbrook, Kansas, Sisson fell in love with the Titanic’s story when he was in the sixth grade. He joined the Titanic Historical Society just a few months before the wreckage of the ship was discovered in 1985.


Saturday, April 14, 2012
8:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts an Early Literacy Symposium on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, located at 4801 Main St. – featuring experts in the field of early literacy who will offer practical methods to encourage early learning in every child. (See the detailed schedule below.)


Friday, April 13, 2012

A Titanic weekend kicks off with an outdoor*, Rooftop Terrace concert by veteran folk-rockers Howard Iceberg & the Titanics. Mainstays of the local music scene for decades, Howard and his band make their Library debut with a set of original songs and tributes to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

*In the event of rain, this event will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Biographer Justin Wolff examines the life and art of Missouri’s Thomas Hart Benton, whose murals bejewel many a public building. From the 1930s to his death in 1973, Benton’s distinctive visual style and nationalistic views made him the object of both veneration and scorn. The issues raised by his art and attitudes dominated debate in the post-war world of painting.

Wolff is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine. He is the author of Richard Caton Woodville: American Painter, Artful Dodger.


Kansas City Public Library Beta