Previous Special Events

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Author Brandon G. Kinney explores the complex series of events that led to the brief but bloody Mormon War of 1838, a conflict over religion, ideology, and land pitting Joseph Smith and his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints against other Missouri residents, the governor, and the state militia.

Kinney is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Law and practices law in Butler, Missouri. He is the author of The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838.


Sunday, June 24, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Midsummer’s Light offers an afternoon of music, dance, and storytelling designed to build an awareness of various faiths’ traditions and their commonalities, and to provide a colorful, dynamic, and moving experience.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Cultural Crossroads, and Festival of Faiths.


Friday, June 22, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy a rockin’ night with children’s music sensation Babaloo!

Award-winning songwriter Rob Compton rocks the Library with a one-man musical comedy act for all ages. Kids participate with shouting, singing, stomping, and bean-bag popping. Babaloo’s music features upbeat tunes about sharing and acceptance. The show is in conjunction with The Summer Reading Program.


Thursday, June 21, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse. Historian Kristie Miller looks into the life of the woman known as “Madame Regent” and “the Assistant President” and asks: Was Edith Wilson, in effect, our first woman president?


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Legendary CBS anchorman Dan Rather joins Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about his new memoir, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Author Max Holland delves into the enigma that is Mark Felt (1913-2008), the FBI official who as the mysterious Deep Throat shared with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein insider information on the Watergate scandal and by doing so helped to bring down President Richard Nixon.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Whether your goal is to rise to the top of your company, make straight A’s, lose weight, or earn a million dollars, the principles and strategies are the same. Author and motivational speaker Brenda M. Barrett lays out a comprehensive faith-based approach to help individuals reach their potential.

Barrett is a Kansas City-based life coach and author. She is an instructor at Faith Bible College in Independence, co-chairs the Black Chamber of Commerce, and is the owner/operator of Life Coach Career Center.


Friday, June 15, 2012

City Market watering hole Harry’s Country Club has joined forces with the Library to bring rock ‘n’ roll movies to the summer Off-the-Wall film series. Entitled Procreation, Pharmaceuticals, and Backbeat-Driven/Blues-Based Music (think about it), this series dishes comedy, a dash of drama, and a whole lot of toe-tapping, head-bobbing (if not head-banging) music.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Author James B. Stewart examines America’s perjury epidemic through the cases of Martha Stewart, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernie Madoff in a public conversation with Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III. They will also discuss the broader breakdown in ethics and the age-old tension between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

In his new book, Philip E. Auerswald envisions an optimistic future in which forward-thinking entrepreneurs emerge from cultures around the world to tackle challenges like climate change, water scarcity, and rapid urbanization. By introducing new goods and services while challenging established business interests, these visionaries will improve the lives not only of the previously excluded global majority, but also of the citizens of the industrialized nations.


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