Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cricket buff Martin Rowe, co-author of Right Off the Bat, explains the parallel and occasionally intertwined history of baseball and cricket in a presentation that includes anecdotes, diagrams, photographs, and a curve (or dipper) or two.

Along the way, Rowe examines how the two sports mirrored British and American social and racial struggles while expanding beyond the shores of their founding countries to become multinational endeavors commanding global followings that now challenge the future of both sports.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Sunshine Safety Lamp Company of Kansas City was a thriving business a century ago when many homes, outbuildings, and businesses were not yet hooked up to electric utilities.

Terry Marsh explains how Sunshine Safety Lamp founder William H. Hoffstot became one of Kansas City’s most successful early entrepreneurs. He will also show appliances sold by the company.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.

Sunday, August 21, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Frank B. Converse is considered by many to be the first great virtuoso of “America’s instrument” the five-string banjo.

Join Converse, portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer Carl Anderton, for a discussion of his life and a demonstration of some Civil War-era banjo music. Converse worked tirelessly to dismiss the idea that the banjo was a simple instrument.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Off-the-Wall Film Series screens cult films selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema.

Friday, August 19, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Take a break from today’s technology to experience Civil War-era toys and learn about their history and traditions.

Participants will play with toys from the bygone era as well as choose between making a cornhusk or yarn doll or a toy soldier to take home. Materials will be provided.

The program is appropriate for ages 6 – 10. Co-sponsored by the John Wornall House.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Terry Beckenbaugh of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the first Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, which took place in southwestern Missouri.

On August 10, 1861, Union General Nathaniel Lyon — who was encamped at Springfield with nearly 6,000 men — led a surprise attack on 12,000 secessionist troops camped at Wilson’s Creek. While the Confederates won the battle, they were left in no condition to pursue the retreating Federal forces, and Missouri remained under Union control.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This event has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

To commemorate the pioneering efforts of the Kansas City Public Library and Truman Medical Centers, the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., celebrates the one year anniversary of its Health & Wellness Center with a weekend of events promoting an active lifestyle.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

Friday, August 5, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun celebrates the end of the Summer Reading Program with a party starring everyone’s favorite rocker, Jim Cosgrove, also known as “Mr. Stinky Feet.”

Cosgrove, who sees music as the international language of peace and friendship, uses his songs to echo this year’s Summer Reading theme, “One World, Many Stories.”

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