Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This event has been cancelled due to European travel delays.

Due to the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano that has impeded travel arrangements worldwide, author Matthew Bishop, the United States business editor for The Economist, has been detained in London, England, and will be unable to present his book, The Road From Ruin, on April 20, 2010 at the Central Library.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Master storyteller Gladys Coggswell shares inspirational tales and “down-home” stories about all walks of African-American life on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, April 18, 2010
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Searching the Psyche through Cinema continues with the unconventional and haunting Sofia Coppola film The Virgin Suicides, which follows five Lisbon girls as relaxed parental restrictions allow them entry into teen society.

The post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Alice Bartlett, Ph.D., and UMKC film and media arts professor Caitlin Horsman. The event is sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

 The Kansas City Public Library hosts the annual Missouri Fifth District Congressional Student Art Competition. U. S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife Dianne Cleaver will recognize high school artists and name the top five art submissions on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, April 17, 2010
12:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale presents a special concert titled Voices: Songs and Stories.

The concert features songs woven together with stories told by well-known local storyteller Priscilla Howe. A former children’s librarian, Howe tells stories from books and folktales, as well as making up her own.

Shatto Milk Company will provide refreshments following the performance.


Friday, April 16, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Friday Night Family Fun series at the Kansas City Public Library welcomes the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale for a special concert titled Voices: Songs and Stories Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. There will be an encore performance on Saturday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. also at the Plaza Branch.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Lillian Lincoln Lambert rose from humble beginnings as a poor farm girl in the segregated South to become the first black woman to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and later, the founder of a $20 million maintenance company with 1,200 employees.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Veteran Washington journalist Carl M. Cannon, co-author of Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees, provides an insider’s view of some of the most extraordinary courtroom and boardroom battles in recent history on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Watch and listen as Kansas City jazz greats come to life. Chuck Haddix discusses the musicians portrayed in The Fine Art of Jazz exhibit on display April 10 - May 23 at the Central Library. A jam session featuring Jim Mair’s quartet and some of the legends pictured on the walls follows Haddix’s talk.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Professor Gregory Aldrete explains how the largest city in the ancient world dealt with the perpetual threat of flooding and what we can learn from Rome’s experiences on Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.