Previous Special Events

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Zachary Karabell examines Chester Alan Arthur, who was propelled into the presidency by the assassination of James Garfield and turned his back on the patronage system that had nurtured him.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Curator of decorative arts Catherine Futter and her colleagues from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art provide an illustrated behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s new exhibit running through August 19, 2012.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 features 200 objects introduced at world’s fairs over nearly a century. These events were the first global marketplaces, where manufacturers and artisans promoted their most ingenious innovations.

Watch a YouTube video for Inventing the Modern World:

Sunday, May 20, 2012
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Former Kansas City Star columnist Bill Tammeus discusses his anger over the loss of his nephew in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 - and how he came to terms with it.

The event also serves as the regular monthly meeting of Anger Alternatives (, a local group that teaches the tools and skills to manage anger and promote healing. The group's current series is Making Peace with Anger.

Sunday, May 20, 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, May 20, 2012

Historian Brooks Blevins examines a brutal 1929 murder and rape in the Arkansas Ozarks and demonstrates how press coverage of the ensuing trial has resulted in unfair generalizations about life in that corner of the Midwest.

A native of the Arkansas Ozarks, Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. His other books include Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State and Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

An intensive two-day immersion in robotic science culminates with the Geek vs. Geek face-off. Robots built by technology professionals will go up against those created by student inventors.

The event is sponsored by the LEARN Science and Math Club, which provides children with rich science and math experiences through robotics, engineering, programming projects, and laboratory experiments.

Friday, May 18, 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.

Friday, May 18, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Bring your dancing shoes for two energetic concerts celebrating Dino O’Dell’s third CD release, Outerspace.

Join O'Dell at Central at 10 a.m. and then at the Plaza Branch for another performance during Friday Night Family Fun at 6:30 p.m.

Songs include a country barn-burner about counting pancakes, a frenetic and satiric commercial for “Sugar Breakfast Cereal,” a hip-hop contribution by Dino’s space alien pal Zar, and a reggae song about traveling around the globe.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

KU’s Steve Goddard and Perry Alexander explore the world of early computer scientist Alan Turing, the subject of Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing now at the Spencer Museum of Art on the KU campus.

Cryptograph examines the question that drove Turing’s research: finding meaning in patterns.

Goddard is senior curator at the Spencer Museum and a professor of art history; Alexander is professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, explores the life and protracted death of James A. Garfield, who didn’t want to be president and was fatally shot just months into his first term.

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