Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Friday, March 19, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Adam Miller performs Singing Through History, a collection of folk music classics.

Miller is renowned for his extensive repertoire of more than 5,000 traditional and contemporary folk songs. His highly entertaining performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages.

A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folk songs.


Thursday, March 18, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Readers in the Rue Morgue
 
Recommended reading: Mystery Authors Guide
 
Related film screenings:
Winter Reading Films

Tasha Alexander is the author of four Victorian-era historical mysteries following the career of Lady Emily Ashton, whose exploits include tracking down art stolen from the British Museum, unmasking a jewel thief targeting royal treasures, and investigating murders as an agent for the British Empire. In the latest installment, Tears of Pearl, Alexander explores a vividly depicted Constantinople in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire with particular attention given to its treatment of women.

She also wrote the novelization of the Oscar-winning film Elizabeth: The Golden Age.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Libertarian economist Jeff Miron discusses the economic impact of the federal government’s 2009 stimulus package on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Miron says because tax liabilities accompany any government spending program, last year’s stimulus package may not have expanded the output of the American economy, but instead simply redistributed the economy’s output.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Artists Garry Noland and Cory Imig discuss the inspirations and ideas that informed the exhibit Pitty Patt(rn), curated by Sean Kelley, and on display at the Central Library until March 28.

Using a variety of media from acrylic paint to duct tape to National Geographic magazines, the artists challenge expectations of language, space, and everyday things.

Garry Noland has a BA in the History of Art. Cory Imig received her BFA in Fibers.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

One half of the husband and wife team that makes up the national performance group Eth-Noh-Tec, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, presents Asia Fantasia.

Growing up in the late ‘60s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Kikuchi-Yngojo was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His talent for Asian music, dance, and theater, along with his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy place him in the exciting art form of storytelling.


Friday, March 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Award-winning author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas presents an evening of singing, clapping, laughing, and of course, storytelling.

Inspired by her seventh grade English teacher, who would read aloud to the class every day, de Las Casas “fell in love with words both on paper and in the air.” De Las Casas adapts traditional folklore, adding fun audience participation, song, and of course, humor. Through the use of character voices, creative movement, animated facial expressions, and gestures, she creates a world of fantasy and enchantment.


Thursday, March 11, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of Barbie and the influence the iconic doll has had on the self-image of American girls since its launch in March 1959 on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Renowned Scottish architect Alan Dunlop discusses the development of Glasgow as a city and its relationship to American cities on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has been canceled at the request of the speaker due to a family emergency. The event sponsor, the Classical and Ancient Studies Program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, regrets any inconvenience this may cause.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Celebrate the Grand Reopening of the
Newly Renovated Lucile H. Bluford Branch

Sunday, March 7 • 5 p.m.
A discussion focusing on the April Kansas City School Board elections, hosted by KCUR 89.3 FM’s KC Currents, a magazine-style show covering Kansas City’s minority communities. This event takes place at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.

Call 816.701.3407 for more information.

Also part of the celebration:

Friday, March 5 • 6:30 p.m.