Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lee Ward, owner of the Museum of Funeral History in Independence, discusses 150 years of African-American funeral homes, which in the decades of segregation provided the black community with end-of-life services denied by white businesses. Among the names of these enterprises were those of T.B. Watkins, Adkins, Kerford, and H.B. Moore.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012
1:00pm @ Waldo Branch

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates Black History Month by hosting Brother John Anderson for performances of The Buffalo Soldiers: Black Knights of the West at two Library branches.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012
10:00am @ Westport Branch

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates Black History Month by hosting Brother John Anderson for performances of The Buffalo Soldiers: Black Knights of the West at two Library branches.


Sunday, February 5, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This comedy-drama film tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years, beginning and ending with a communal Thanksgiving dinner. Written and directed by Allen, he also stars alongside Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, and Dianne Wiest.
Rated PG-13. (103 min.)

The post-film discussion leaders are psychoanalyst Joanne Hindman, and Melissa Lenos, Donnelly College professor of English and film studies.

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


Friday, February 3, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun celebrates Black History Month with The Coterie Theatre’s presentation of Freedom Sisters: Stamping, Shouting, Singing Home tour.

Set in the 1950s Deep South, the play depicts a world on the verge of change but still tainted by everyday injustices and the remnants of slavery.

This program is recommended for children in grades 5-12.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Purdue University historian Randy Roberts discusses the iconic 1944 football game between the undefeated cadets of West Point and the midshipmen of Annapolis.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

David Israel Litan made his living in the oil business, but art was his passion and his gift. His lithographs portraying scenes of Kansas and aspects of Jewish life and faith sold widely throughout the Sunflower State during his lifetime, most of which was spent in Wichita.

The artist’s son, Robert Litan, noted economist and senior executive at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discusses his father’s art and faith.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Edward T. Matheny, Jr., a civic leader who graduated from Southwest High School in 1940, takes a fond look back at the proud past of his alma mater. Matheny is the author of two books on the history of Southwest High School: The Rise and Fall of Excellence and Once More with Feeling.


Sunday, January 29, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The annual Searching the Psyche through Cinema series returns for an examination of the most deliberately neurotic American filmmaker, Woody Allen.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is a black comedy that interweaves two stories – one deadly serious and another that is often funny, though both end in sadness. It is perhaps Allen’s most successful blend of comedy and drama. Written and directed by Allen, he also stars alongside Martin Landau and Alan Alda. Rated PG-13. (104 min.)


Saturday, January 28, 2012
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to tap their creative energies and create masterpieces at the Westport Center for the Arts’ Team Up for Art this winter.


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