Previous Special Events

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.


Saturday, April 16, 2011
11:00am @ Central Library

In recognition of Preservation Week (April 24–30, 2011), the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.

On April 16, Special Collections Librarian Lucinda Adams leads a presentation on Caring for Print Photographs. On April 30, Digital Projects Manager Jordan Fields leads a presentation on Preserving Digital Images.


Friday, April 15, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Attend an 1800s-era tea party! Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War-era attire and will teach the proper way to hold your cup, stir your tea, use your napkin, and other tea “rules.” Children, ages 6-10, will enjoy tea and cookies while using their new skills.

Let’s Have Tea! is part of a series of programs in coordination with the John Wornall House Museum to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.


Thursday, April 14, 2011
6:30pm

Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the influence and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Three authors with more than 50 published books between them sit down for a candid discussion of the publishing industry on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

A Screening of the Documentary Who Does She Think She Is? to be shown at
The Kansas City Public Library


Sunday, April 10, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Shortleaf Band with Michael Fraser presents a concert featuring original and traditional music from the Civil War. One of Missouri’s most acclaimed musical groups, the band has conducted extensive research into Civil War-era music and composition techniques, and has performed at various Civil War re-enactments as well as at the John Wornall House Museum. Shortleaf has its roots in the Ozarks, but is now based in Kansas City. The band’s core includes fiddle, flute, and guitar.


Thursday, April 7, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Greg Hurd introduces his documentary, From Separate to Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers, a collaboration with Kevin Willmott.

Scheduled to air on KCPT in April, the documentary tells the history of Kansas City’s black health care pioneers and their efforts, which eventually led to the integration of several health care systems that formed Truman Medical Centers.

Co-sponsored by Truman Medical Centers and Kansas City Public Television.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

International relations scholar John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago discusses his new book, Why Leaders Lie, a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.