Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Thursday, August 19, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary on slavery in Missouri based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The film features commentaries by scholars Jimmy Johnson, Diane Mutti Burke, Antonio Holland, and Harriet Frazier.  The screening will be followed by a discussion including Jenkins, Johnson, and Kevin Wilmott, associate professor at KU.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

 Former Kansas City Star editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed to two Star legends, founder and publisher William Rockhill Nelson and founder of The Star’s women’s news department Nell Snead on Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Saturdays at Central series hosts yo-yo extraordinaire Brent Dellinger in a high-energy, fast-paced performance set to music.

Dellinger will do complicated tricks such as free-hand, double-hand, and off-string – throwing the yo-yo up in the air and catching it by the string. Children are encouraged to bring their own yo-yos or they may purchase Dellinger’s own brand.

There will be time for questions and some brief instruction for beginners at the end of the performance.


Thursday, August 12, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

John T. Fleming III, executive vice president of Black Educational Events, discusses the state of historically black colleges and universities on Thursday, August 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Described as "a vital new voice in American fiction," Kansas City resident Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbeque and the blues.


Saturday, August 7, 2010
10:00am

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact KCLibraryFriends@gmail.com, or call (816) 701-3468.


Friday, August 6, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Local kids’ rockers The La La’s return to the Library to help celebrate the achievements of all who participated in this year’s Summer Reading program, performing at Plaza’s annual end of summer party.

The musical duo is made up of two local moms: Jill Simpson, a former radio voiceover artist from Kansas who grew up performing in musical theater and worked as a preschool music teacher; and Kim Grassman, a California surfer girl who grew up singing in church music ministry and went on to become a Nashville recording artist.


Thursday, August 5, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Acclaimed film historian and critic David Thomson speaks about the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important film, as detailed in his book The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses the history of NASCAR from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks to the billion dollar industry it is today on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

James Loewen, best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, gives an original presentation on misconceptions about slavery and the Underground Railroad on Thursday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.