Previous Special Events

Friday, October 29, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy a Spooky Story Costume Party and Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza with the Mid-West Children's Authors Guild. Librarians will provide fun activities designed around the Guild’s latest collection of stories, October Nightmares and Dreams. Prizes will be given for the best costume, as well as 10 copies of the book. There will also be books available for purchase and signing.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Henry Adams, the great-great-great-great-grandson of founding father John Adams, presents a sweeping saga about America’s first and most famous family dynasty.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the first president of the United States in Washington: A Life.


Monday, October 25, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau makes a special public appearance to celebrate the release of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a lavish book commemorating four decades of expert commentary on the social and political landscape, on Monday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Great Debates Revisited
  • Special Events
  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

In this controversial biographical film, Anthony Hopkins stars as the only American president ever to resign under the threat of impeachment. Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone directs an all-star cast in this powerful depiction of the life and times of one of America's most infamous leaders. Rated R. (191 min.)


Saturday, October 23, 2010
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Learn how renowned children’s illustrator and three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner transforms his zany ideas into award-winning picture books.

His newest book, ART & MAX, depicts the misadventures of two lizard friends, one of whom is learning to paint.

The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books. Autographed books will be available for sale.


Friday, October 22, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the heralded novel A Northern Light, returns with a new book for teens, Revolution. The fates of two young women are intertwined in the new novel. From modern-day Brooklyn to Paris just before the French Revolution, Donnelly weaves her tale.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

From June - September 1692, 19 people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Just in time for Halloween, historian Bryan Le Beau offers a much-needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials, placing them into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relating the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout 17th century New England.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by local actor Bob Brand.


Monday, October 18, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
  • Special Events
  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.