Previous Special Events

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.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sid Shachnow discusses his new memoir Hope and Honor, which traces his life from a childhood spent in the notorious Kovno concentration camp to his rise to the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army.

Born in Lithuania in 1934, Sid Shachnow spent three years in a Nazi concentration camp. With most of his family dead, he escaped both the Nazis and the Soviets and immigrated to the United States.

Co-sponsored by the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.


Sunday, June 10, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre concludes with the children’s classic Anne of Green Gables, the story of a young orphan who comes to live on the farm of an aging brother and sister and proceeds to transform their lives.

Funding for this series provided by a grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee, with additional support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Friday, June 8, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City-based author and illustrator Shane Evans premieres the new musical based on his 2009 children’s book Olu’s Dream. Inspired by his father’s art, Olu and his friends embark on a series of adventures that span the universe – adventures that remind us of our own potential to dream and to make those dreams come true. Evans co-directs with Dianne Yvette.

Co-sponsored by the Francis Family Foundation.


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