Previous Special Events

Friday, August 6, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Local kids’ rockers The La La’s return to the Library to help celebrate the achievements of all who participated in this year’s Summer Reading program, performing at Plaza’s annual end of summer party.

The musical duo is made up of two local moms: Jill Simpson, a former radio voiceover artist from Kansas who grew up performing in musical theater and worked as a preschool music teacher; and Kim Grassman, a California surfer girl who grew up singing in church music ministry and went on to become a Nashville recording artist.


Thursday, August 5, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Acclaimed film historian and critic David Thomson speaks about the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important film, as detailed in his book The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses the history of NASCAR from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks to the billion dollar industry it is today on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

James Loewen, best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, gives an original presentation on misconceptions about slavery and the Underground Railroad on Thursday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, July 25, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Architect Scott Bingham offers insights into the history and construction of the Community Christian Church, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


Saturday, July 24, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Sugar Free Allstars return to the Kansas City Public Library for an exclusive after-hours teen concert on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Enjoy an exclusive after-hours teen concert with the Sugar Free Allstars! The two-piece band consisting of Chris Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin is a favorite among all age groups.  


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Local historian Erik Stafford leads a presentation called Literacy & the Black Experience on Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the L.H. Bluford Library, 3050 Prospect Ave.

Stafford will examine the impact of illiteracy on young black males in Kansas City by drawing connections between literacy, incarceration, and mortality rates. For more information, call 816.701.3482.


Saturday, July 24, 2010
12:00pm @ Plaza Branch

YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

Both Friday and Saturday's events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday's activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.


Friday, July 23, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

Both Friday and Saturday’s events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday’s activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her new book, The Poison King, a compelling account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.