Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Monday, April 25, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Selected clips from Freedom Riders — a new documentary describing the experiences of 400 black and white Americans that rode buses into the deep South in defiance of Jim Crow laws in 1961—sets the stage for a community conversation about the civil rights movement, past, present and future, moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Renowned Dr. Kirby Randolph, Special Projects Director for Truman Medical Centers – Behavioral Health, leads a discussion on Alcohol Awareness and Mental Wellness during a health screening.


Friday, April 22, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Max’s Family Band returns for a rockin’ kids concert that adults will dig, too!

New York City jazz pianist Gary Negbaur, along with his wife, musical theater vocalist Yvette Negbaur, create jazzy, grooving children’s tunes that are fun for everyone. Dance to the Latin-tinged “It’s Time for A Baño,” ride a “Rockin’ Zebra,” play with a “One-Sock Octopus” and meet a “Gobbledygookster Baby.”

Intended for ages 2 and older.


Thursday, April 21, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library will host the third and final installment of the series of author talks for teens titled Guy’s Read with young adult author Don Calame at 6:30 p.m. on April 21, 2011, at Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Calame will be discussing his latest book, Beat the Band, which is the very funny sequel to his Swim the Fly. Beat the Band deals with such issues as bullying and consequences of teen sex.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Gregory Wolk discusses his new book, A Tour Guide to Missouri’s Civil War, the first comprehensive sesquicentennial driver’s guide to Civil War battlefield sites in Missouri.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Manuel Munoz sets his first novel, What You See in the Dark, in 1950s Bakersfield, California, where life begins to imitate art once a famous movie actress arrives from Hollywood with her legendary director to scout for an upcoming movie shoot.

Munoz is the author of two short story collections: Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue. He is the recipient of a 2008 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2009 PEN/O.Henry Award. He lives in Tucson where he teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.

Presented by Rainy Day Books.


Monday, April 18, 2011

One of the prime movers of the neighborhood revivals of New York’s Soho and Miami’s South Beach, Tony Goldman shares his experiences as an innovative real estate development leader who has helped transform the urban landscape in four major U.S. cities while redefining the way people inhabit communities in America.


Monday, April 18, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has been cancelled at the request of the presenter. The Library hopes to reschedule the program at a future date.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Organized crime formed part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Kansas City for much of the 20th century; and the mob’s power was never greater than in the three decades it was ruled by Nick Civella.


Sunday, April 17, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Children ages 8-12 are invited to create a storybook with local artist Anne Pearce, who facilitates the interactive program. Once a story is decided upon, each child will be given a page in the book to illustrate. When finished, the book will be bound and entered into the Plaza Branch’s circulating collection.

The event complements Pearce’s exhibit, Passport, on display through April 24, 2011,
in the Guldner Gallery of the Central Library.