Previous Special Events

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Just in time for Independence Day, William Hogeland presents new research and top-notch scholarship to reveal how the American Revolution really began.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Most Americans are unaware of how revered Ulysses S. Grant was in his lifetime, then often considered to be equal in stature to George Washington. Author Joan Waugh uncovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown in her book, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth.


Monday, June 28, 2010
8:30pm

Location: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with President Woodrow Wilson, as portrayed by Judd Bankert, a Wilson re-enactor from Staunton, Va., at the National World War I Museum.


Sunday, June 27, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Architect Paul Helmer examines the classical design of Central Presbyterian Church and Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church, which share similar histories and architectural designs.


Thursday, June 24, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

With a mission to bring together master musicians, dancers, and young artists from across the world to "share the beauty and artistry of Spanish and Latin American music through study, collaboration, and performance," the Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana (FIMEL) presents the second annual International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Three of the four local writers of a book that renowned management consultant Stephen R. Covey says “exemplifies the resilience of the human spirit” share their personal stories about difficulties in marriage, children, the importance of friendship, conflict, facing the inevitability of death, balance, personal solitude, and inspiration on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, June 21, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.


Monday, June 21, 2010
12:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Library hosts Kim Brown, the sister of Arthur creator, Marc Brown to talk about her childhood growing up with Marc Brown, show family photos, and read an Arthur and D.W. book.

Arthur will be stopping by to say hello as well!


Sunday, June 20, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Susan K. Salzer discusses her debut novel, a fictional story set in Missouri during the Civil War that is based on actual events.

Hattie Rood is a teenage girl whose weary family is given an extra burden when Confederate rebels leave a wounded 17-year-old Jesse James in her care.

While her aging father tends to their struggling tobacco crop, Hattie nurses the boy back to health—learning about herself and the nature of war along the way.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

 Joelouis Mattox discusses his series of articles in the Kansas City Call about the NAACP and the history of African-American activism on Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Mattox will share information about Roy Wilkins, a former managing editor of The Call and longtime executive director of the NAACP; the history of the NAACP Kansas City branch, The Branch on the Vine; and President Truman’s support for civil rights.