Previous Special Events

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.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ethan S. Rafuse of the military history department of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The shift from old-fashioned paper ballots to electronic voting has raised concerns over whether elections results can be manipulated. Are our votes still safe?

Members of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners provide a behind-the-scenes look at how votes are kept safe and confidential. Demonstrations will illustrate the differences between touch screen and paper ballot machines and the safeguards of each that keep votes secure.

This is one of a series of public forums on elections presented by the KCEB and the Library this spring and summer.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Historian Robert Rydell describes how world’s fairs inspired and promoted innovations in architecture, the arts, music, science, and technology, not to mention consumer culture and mass entertainment. His presentation complements the exhibit Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Biographer Douglas Brinkley looks at the life and career of CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, the St. Joseph native who became the most trusted man in America. Drawing on newly disclosed letters, diaries and interviews with nearly 200 of Cronkite’s friends and colleagues, Cronkite reveals not an icon but a real human with passions, loves, and occasional enmities.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

On the eve of the 136th anniversary of the famous “Last Stand,” retired National Park Service Superintendent Paul L. Hedren asks: Was General George Custer’s defeat at the Little Bighorn on June 26, 1876, the greatest American Indian military victory? Or was it the beginning of the end of Sioux Country as the native peoples knew it?

Sunday, June 3, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

In advance of this year’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, audiences can bone up on the Bard with a screening of the classic film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Directed in 1935 by the great stage director Max Reinhardt this version stars Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown, James Cagney (as Bottom), and Mickey Rooney (as Puck).

The film won Academy Awards and nearly 80 years after its release is still regarded as one of the best movie adaptations ever of a Shakespeare play.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fifth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

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