Previous Special Events

Friday, July 23, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

Both Friday and Saturday’s events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday’s activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her new book, The Poison King, a compelling account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Allan Meltzer, the leading historian of the nation’s central bank, and Tom Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, join Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library for a public conversation on the past, present, and future of the Federal Reserve System. The program takes place on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Former Fortune magazine technology reporter David Kirkpatrick tracks the meteoric rise of Facebook from dorm room novelty to a social networking website with 500 million users.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Don Lambert discusses the efforts of 40 men and women whose so-called Topeka Constitution marked a milestone on the road Kansas would take to eventually enter the Union as a free state on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

On March 30, 1855, a mass influx from Missouri of several thousand armed "border ruffians" overwhelmed voting for delegates to the first Kansas Territorial Legislature, resulting in a landslide victory for proslavery adherents.


Friday, July 16, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the entries for this year's Off-the-Wall Film Series—EbertfestKC—showing work he thinks deserve wider attention.


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

The Littleague returns to Friday Night Family Fun! Not only does this group move the crowd, they create inspired original hip hop music which assists educators and parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Be ready for a high-energy, fun-filled event!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baseball historian G. Michael Green discusses his new biography of Charlie Finley, the former owner of the Athletics who moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, on Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Audrey Niffenegger, author of the bestselling The Time Traveler's Wife, discusses her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, a story about the complications of love, identity, and sibling rivalry.

When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves her apartment to her American twin nieces, Julia and Valentina.


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

Steven Casey discusses his new book Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The book, which won the 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award, explains how the Truman and Eisenhower administrations shaped public discourse about the Korean War, influenced media, and gained political and public support.