Previous Special Events

Friday, May 4, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Whip up a simple but tasty dish with cookbook author Katie Workman, who offers solutions to the 20 most common cooking dilemmas faced by modern moms. She provides recipes and tips for parents who are so baffled by their kids’ food preferences that mealtime has become a minefield.

Workman is founding editor in chief of and writes for New York magazine and many web sites.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Whether an election is about picking a president or passing a tax increase, citizens may find themselves asking: “Does my vote really count?

Absolutely, according to representatives of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners who explain why voting is so important and how one vote can actually make a difference. Here’s a chance to learn about voting rights and how our votes are processed on election night. Voter registration forms will be available.

This is part of a series of public forums on elections presented by the KCEB and the Library this spring and summer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City’s People’s Liberation Big Band marks International Workers Day (aka May Day) with a screening of the silent Soviet film Battleship Potemkin while performing their original musical score for the film.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Short story writer and novelist Adam Johnson discusses his work in a public conversation with local author Whitney Terrell. Known for his “vaguely Blade Runner–esque visions of a cluttered, anaerobic American culture,” Johnson has published the short story collection Emporium and the novel Parasites Like Us. His latest novel is The Orphan Master’s Son.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Husband and wife team Monroe and Jean Dodd take a time-traveling journey across the Sunflower State with their new book Kansas Then and Now, which contrasts historic photographs of Kansas towns (and a few rural locations) with new photos taken in the same places. A spinoff of the Kansas City Then and Now series, the volume offers a new way of appreciating how our landscapes and cityscapes have changed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kansas City author Linda Rodriguez discusses her debut novel Every Last Secret, a murder mystery in which big-city cop “Skeet” Banion finds that running a smalltown college police force isn’t as peaceful as she had imagined. The book is the winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel competition.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues its sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances with Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. This 1975 “choreopoem” delves into the lives of black women through 20 poems exploring love, hope, broken hearts, and abandonment. A New Yorker review described For Colored Girls... as “a firebomb of a poem” that incorporates a mournful blues with a trickster spirit.

Friday, April 20, 2012
10:30am @ Central Library

Art, Language & Play features original artwork by Stephen T. Johnson, an author and illustrator of children’s books who has been nationally published and exhibited. Johnson’s art forges connections between words, objects, and ideas.

Much of his work is characterized by an interest in the alphabet and language, which began with his book Alphabet City, a Caldecott Honor book, and A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet, named The New York Times Illustrated Book of the Year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Author Christopher B. Leinberger describes how government policy over the last 60 years – driven by the auto and oil industry – has encouraged suburban sprawl with its strip malls and isolated housing developments. The result: decline of community, urban decay, pollution, and a rise in obesity and asthma. But there’s a new approach (or perhaps it’s an old approach) in which citizens live, work, and play within easy walking distance.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In April 1862 a Union force under Ulysses S. Grant and a Confederate army led by Albert Sidney Johnston clashed in southwestern Tennessee in the Battle of Shiloh. Precisely 150 years later, military historian Gregory S. Hospodor discusses what was to that point the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War and explains how it brought home to both sides the grim reality of the conflict.

Hospodor is an associate professor of military history at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was named teacher of the year for 2011.

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