Previous Special Events

Saturday, October 9, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
The Great Debates Revisited
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The Kennedy-Nixon debates receive a close analysis in one entire chapter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Making of the President 1960, authored by political journalist Theodore H. White. The book is a classic American history and political science text that launched a whole genre of narrative journalism that is still imitated.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturdays at Central hosts St. Louis native Serengeti Steve, or The Reptile Man, to present his very creepy-crawly program, The Reptile Experience.

Former policeman Steve created the talk while teaching the D.A.R.E. (anti-drug) program. Since his departure from the police force, he has raised more than 50 species of reptiles, some of which he brings to his shows.


Saturday, October 9, 2010
The Great Debates Revisited
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  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, a close advisor who helps President Kennedy and "co-president" Robert Kennedy negotiate the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

On Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier, Robert Pledge, presents an account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution showcasing the photography of Li Zhensheng.


Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Steven Epstein discusses the politically-charged debate surrounding Gardasil and other vaccines on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library marks the launch of a new book, Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Gwen Cooper already had two cats, financial problems and a broken heart. Yet, when she learned about an abandoned, eyeless kitten, Cooper went to visit him. Today, she is happily married and the kitten, Homer, just celebrated his 13th birthday.

Armed with PowerPoint to illustrate the cat’s amazing personality, Cooper tells about writing the memoir.

The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books.  Autographed books will be available for sale.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
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  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

This second event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James Roth.


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

In a USA Today poll, 95 percent said civility in politics is essential to a healthy democracy. So why is it so hard to solve problems when people disagree?