Previous Special Events

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

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.


Monday, October 18, 2010
11:00am

In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library announces its annual Food for Fines Week from October 18 - 24, 2010.

During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undam­aged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bill Stancil presents Rockhurst University: The First 100 Years, a lecture supplemented with numerous historical photos, on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, October 16, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
The Great Debates Revisited
  • Special Events
  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

The Kennedy-Nixon debates receive a close analysis in one entire chapter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Making of the President 1960, authored by political journalist Theodore H. White. The book is a classic American history and political science text that launched a whole genre of narrative journalism that is still imitated.


Friday, October 15, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy a fun, interactive concert designed for children of all ages, featuring songs woven together with stories told by well-known local storyteller Priscilla Howe. A former children's librarian, Howe is deeply invested in encouraging kids to read. Howe tells stories from books and world folktales, served with a generous dollop of humor to be appreciated by audiences of all ages.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

From bandits to gangsters, from kidnappers to gunslinging evangelists, Kansas City has proved to be a hotbed for criminals. In Kansas City Crime Central, longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor Monroe Dodd recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds.

His new book not only covers the area’s most notorious crimes, but also details the gangland shooting of Ferris Anthon in the 1930s and a 1890s hanging for which the sheriff sent out printed invitations.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The classic children’s novel Robinson Crusoe bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe in 1719. Decades after the author’s death, editors stripped the novel of its religious center and existential elements to create the tale of adventure and ingenuity that is well-known to generations of readers.


Tuesday, October 12, 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 third event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.


Monday, October 11, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler discusses his new book The End of Overeating and offers insights on how to break unhealthy eating habits on Monday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, October 11, 2010

The Midwest Democracy Project hosts a forum exploring the question: What is the 21st century mission of our public schools? Participants will work in small groups led by trained facilitators, then join a larger concluding discussion to share ideas. Participants will consider how to prepare students to be successful in the workplace; how to prepare them to be active and responsible citizens; and how to help them discover and develop their talents.