Previous Special Events

Saturday, February 5, 2011
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

As part of the second annual Kansas City Design Week, a multi-disciplinary panel of design professionals will showcase the breadth and potential of the craft to those aspiring to a career in the industry.

Aside from inspiring and informing the audience about design professions, the panel will offer a resource packet, outline aptitudes, interests, and skills needed, as well as discuss post-secondary educational routes to design professions.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Design Alliance.


Friday, February 4, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Tommy Terrific’s 45-minute magic program is designed for children ages 3-12 and will be performed at the following locations and times:


Thursday, February 3, 2011

To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable and successful presidents.

In this new biography, Schaller gives an account of Reagan’s life, from his small-town upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his extraordinary rise to the White House.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Due to adverse weather, Dr. Kenneth Armitage will not be able to travel to Kansas City for his speaking engagement at the Library on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. An update will be sent if the event is rescheduled.


Monday, January 31, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Due to adverse weather, tonight's presenters for this event are unable to travel to Kansas City. The Library hopes to reschedule the event soon.

Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry talk about The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.


Friday, January 28, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun series welcomes back StoneLion Puppets to perform a very “wintery” production of Snow. Snow features trick marionettes, ice skating mice, singing puppets, and lots of cool music with which to sing along. This interactive family program encourages audience members to dance the “Penguin Shuffle” and bounce along with “Frosty the Snow Man.”


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Harvard historian Jill Lepore discusses her new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Tony Award winner for his Titanic and Nine musical compositions, Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his latest work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet. Based on the classic Mark Twain novel, the ballet will make its world premiere in October 2011 as part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ grand opening.


Sunday, January 23, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This annual film series takes a look at Marriage & Family – Under the Surface, starting with Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning directorial debut about a family struggling with the loss of a son. Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton. Based on the novel by Judith Guest. Rated R. (124 min.)


Thursday, January 20, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Lamar Hunt, original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, was a pioneer in the growth of professional athletics, evidenced by his induction into eight halls of fame ranging from football to tennis. Hunt’s passion for competition earned him the childhood nickname “Games.”