Previous Special Events

Thursday, January 20, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Lamar Hunt, original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, was a pioneer in the growth of professional athletics, evidenced by his induction into eight halls of fame ranging from football to tennis. Hunt’s passion for competition earned him the childhood nickname “Games.”


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Best known for his artistic achievements, Michelangelo not only filled hundreds of sheets with drawings, sketches, and doodles, but he also composed his own words. In Michelangelo: A Life on Paper, author Leonard Barkan vividly narrates the important role the written word played in Michelangelo’s monumental public output.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Diane Mutti Burke, an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed from the Deep South on Sunday, January 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Friday, January 14, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy music and magic for audiences of all ages with Rappin’ Roy and Reggie Regg. Rappin’ Roy keeps songs fun and entertaining while Reggie Regg adds motivational messages to encourage children to think big and focus on what’s important.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Historian Edward Bowie explains why the military accomplishments of Alexander the Great remain a benchmark against which other military leaders are judged on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Robert Bixby and Sara Imhof discuss the state of the American economy, and offer bipartisan solutions to reduce the national debt and improve the fiscal outlook for future generations on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, December 13, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library continues its centennial commemoration of the 1910 Mexican Revolution with a special presentation by Jacob Prado, Consul of Mexico, on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway.


Sunday, December 12, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ouisa Kittredge is an affluent New York socialite in love with culture, so much so that her conversation is teeming with references to art, international politics, and contemporary cuisine. A young con man enters her home, speaking her language so fluently that his soliloquy on the virtue (and death) of imagination alters her self-perception to the point that her prized Kandinsky painting takes on new meaning. This tragicomedy confronts issues of identity and the commercialization of art as well as racial and sexual politics. 


Friday, December 10, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Christmas Variety Show hosted by Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove, featuring holiday music by Cosgrove and Rockin’ Rob. Other acts include storyteller and spoken word performer Joyce Slater and juggler Brian Wendling.


Thursday, December 9, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career. The book includes his take on Tiger Woods’ troubles, Ronald Reagan’s colon surgery, and an imagined talk between Hillary Clinton and Lorena Bobbit.

Judge’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including: The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Review.