Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

National Archives and Records Administration Exhibits Specialist Dee Harris discusses Cowboys, Quacks, and Carousels: Stories of Kansas.


Monday, February 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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. This event was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2011, but was rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions on that day. If you submitted an RSVP to the January 31 event, you will need to RSVP again.


Sunday, February 27, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union will hold its 27th annual Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Students from 10 area schools will compete for first place in a competition designed to develop students’ speaking and critical thinking skills, as well as their appreciation of literature, as they explore the timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Area artist Hugh Merrill discusses his exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries at the Central Library.

Merrill’s drawings are influenced by many cultural and visual references that include industry, commerce, and architecture. He describes his mixed media works as “floating in an uncertain void, disconnected from social, scientific, and mythical realities that sustain belief.”


Friday, February 25, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Brother John Anderson will present his amazing new one-man show, John Henry: Man, Myth, and Legend. The program will be at the following locations and times:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries — be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Medical Centers and Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley present The Doctor Is In at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. featuring Shadrach Smith, M.D.


Monday, February 21, 2011
10:45am @ Plaza Branch

The award-winning Up-To-Date program on KCUR 89.3 FM will broadcast a live debate featuring all of the candidates running for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. At the request of KCUR, the venue for the debate has changed to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The primary debate will be held just one day before the city votes to determine which two candidates will compete in a runoff election on March 22.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Historians Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel and Marilyn S. Blackwell discuss their new biography of Clarina Howard Nichols on Sunday, February 20, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, February 20, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This annual series offers probing films paired with discussions featuring cinematic and psychoanalytic experts, including psychologist Barbara Baer and KCAI assistant professor Julie Farstad on February 6 followed by UMKC visiting assistant professor Mitch Brian and mental health counselor Deana Schuplin on February 20.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.