Previous Special Events

Monday, November 15, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Since the publication of the best-selling Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, Ted Kerasote has received thousands of e-mails asking two questions: “Have you gotten another dog?” and “Are you writing a new book?” Pukka: The Pup After Merle answers both in the most heartwarming way.

The book charmingly tells the story of how Kerasote found Pukka and recounts the early days of their bonding. Their adventures culminate in a wilderness journey that reveals something new about the dog-human partnership.


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Revolution of 1910 was a landmark chapter in Mexican history. It ushered in a disruptive and often violent period that brought about the social  transformation of a largely rural society governed by an autocratic regime into a modern nation dedicated to pursuing social justice.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes U.S. Appellate Judge Deanell Reece Tacha for a discussion of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area on Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Leeny  Del  Seamonds, the  2002  National  Storyteller  of  the  Year and the recipient of the 2005 Storytelling World Winner Award, performs a concert titled Ay Caramba!

Del Seamonds is an internationally acclaimed performer of Latino stories. Known for animated, interactive performances, she urges listeners to feel positive about themselves and cultural diversity.

The show is suitable for ages 4 and older and encourages audience participation.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II will host Coffee with Cleaver as part of the grand opening festivities of the Health & Wellness Center. 


Friday, November 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun hosts children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares to speak about his book Henry Aaron’s Dream.

Described as a captivating biography, the book tells the story of a young Aaron living in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like an impossible dream of playing major league baseball. Tavares details Aaron’s sandlot days all the way through his time playing in the Negro Leagues up to his first spring training game with the Braves.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Local artists Porter Arneill and Ascot Smith discuss the state of public art in Kansas City as well as Smith’s Forever People, the most recent addition to Kansas City’s ARTwall, the custom-designed billboard that exhibits super-sized contemporary art at 13th and Grand streets.


Thursday, November 11, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt, and local children's illustrator Laura Huliska Beith, on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, November 11, 2010
1:00pm

Location: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th Street

Historian Shawn Faulkner discusses the life and career of John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, the Missouri-born commander of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I, on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Robert Hirst, general editor and official curator of the Mark Twain Papers and Project at the University of California – Berkeley, discusses the release of Twain’s unexpurgated autobiography on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Georganne Wheeler Nixon, first lady of the State of Missouri, will offer opening remarks on Twain and his importance to the state.