Previous Special Events

Thursday, June 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author and National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu discusses his new book Whatever Gets You Through the Night, an irreverent and deeply funny retelling of the Arabian Nights.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A panel of experts from Kansas and Missouri discusses ongoing efforts to develop MetroGreen—a system of nature areas, greenways, and trails—with an emphasis on the more than 200 miles that have already been constructed and are open to the public. Once completed, the network will stretch 1,144 miles.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Location: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th Street

James H. Willbanks, director of the Department of Military History at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, discusses the history of the Medal of Honor, which has been awarded by the president in the name of Congress to more than 3,400 of the bravest and most heroic members of the U.S. armed forces since 1861.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Noted humorist Roy Blount Jr. discusses Alphabetter Juice, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Alphabet Juice.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Recommended reading:
11 Books on the American City

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III and Harvard University economist Edward Glaeser engage in a myth-shattering discussion of American cities.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Closing the month, a physician from Truman Medical Centers will answer a wide range of patron questions at the popular The Doctor Is In series.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

George Washington Carver was a renowned scientist and teacher, yet he is one of the most misunderstood figures in American history. His expansive life and accomplishments are featured in a special presentation by two scholars with new and distinctive biographies on the iconic inventor.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dr. Melinda Olomiye, a physician in the Family Medicine Clinic of Truman Medical Centers, leads a discussion and screening for Women’s Health & Wellness Month at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave. on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 10 a.m. – Noon.

In an attempt to empower women to make their health a top priority, Dr. Olomiye discusses steps females can take to improve their physical health and reduce the risks of certain diseases.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Off-the-Wall Film Series returns with a selection cult films that have passed the critical muster of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Kansas City Public Library.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

As much an American success story as a story about America itself, the saga of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Houses is a captivating tale of entrepreneurial innovation, hard work, and resilience that left an indelible mark on our nation’s culture and history. To a surprising degree, we still live in an America of Fred Harvey’s making. But just who was Fred Harvey?

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