Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.


Friday, November 4, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mike and Nancy Micham honed their skills telling stories and singing traditional folk music at Silver Dollar City. They will present a family program full of stories, song, and lots of laughter as part of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College–Maple Woods.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.


Thursday, November 3, 2011
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his annual State of the County Address in the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library.

The two-term County Executive, having first been elected in 2006, has touched on making county government more transparent, the integration of a mass transit system, and planning for the next generation with regional cooperation.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?


Sunday, October 30, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.


Friday, October 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Funerals were very different during the Civil War era. Children can meet and visit with a Civil War undertaker and learn some of the “proper” mourning customs of the day. Lee Ward portrays the 1860s-era undertaker.

After the presentation, children will get to create their own Victorian Halloween crafts. Materials will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the John Wornall House.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri.


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