Previous Special Events

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jonathan Bender discusses his new book Lego: A Love Story, chronicling his time spent researching the colorful and creative world of Legos, on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library 14 W. 10th St.

For every person in the world, there are 62 Lego bricks. At age 30, Jonathan Bender realized he didn’t have a single one and set out to relive his childhood dream of becoming a Master Model Builder.


Thursday, May 13, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Five-time Coretta Scott King Award honoree and New York Times bestselling young adult author Sharon Draper discusses her new novel, a story full of heartache and hope.

Melody is a young girl who, because she has cerebral palsy, is unable to walk, unable to talk, and unable to do many other things most people take for granted. Her mind is full of knowledge but most people, including her doctors and teachers, don’t think she is capable of learning.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Big Read brings author Marilynne Robinson to Kansas City on Wednesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., for a discussion of Housekeeping and her literary career with Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air, who will record the conversation before a live audience for later broadcast.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

 Author T.J. Stiles discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

 Art historian Carol Inge Hockett presents Nefertiti’s Sisters: Women in Ancient Egypt – an examination of the role of women in ancient Egypt as learned through sculptures, carvings, tomb paintings, and other forms of art – on Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Yvonne Patterson presents her Wings of Love program which features 12 birds including eagle owls, toucans, cockatoos, macaws, and doves.

Wings of Love is a unique show that is both entertaining and educational. The birds talk, skate, bicycle, and spell. Audience participation is encouraged as Patterson shares the intelligence and natural beauty of rare birds.


Saturday, May 8, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City Public Library director Crosby Kemper III leads this book group discussion of the enduring modern American classic Housekeeping, which is among his favorite novels. This book group discussion is open to all and takes place in the Large Meeting Room on the main level of the Plaza Branch.


Friday, May 7, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Rita Roth discusses her book The Power of Song and Other Sephardic Tales.

The book received the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. Roth conducted research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Haifa. She was honored in March 2008 at the Library of Congress.

The book will be available for sale.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Louis Armstrong was among the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century and a giant of modern American culture, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts and writing one of the finest jazz autobiographies.

In Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout draws on new sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations. Teachout is an arts columnist for The Wall Street Journal.


Thursday, May 6, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Reif Larsen discusses his debut novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, an imaginative and meticulously crafted novel about a 12-year-old genius cartographer.