Previous Special Events

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. 


Saturday, June 19, 2010

When an accomplished anthropologist and expert on presumably stolen pieces of Anasazi culture disappears, evidence indicates she might have been trying to penetrate the black market in ceramics illegally excavated from Indian lands.


Friday, June 18, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the entries for this year's Off-the-Wall Film Series—EbertfestKC—showing work he thinks deserve wider attention.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Matthew Bishop discusses his new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, and shares his thoughts on the economy and capitalism’s future.  His scheduled visit in April was postponed when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull halted travel.

Bishop, the U.S. business editor for The Economist, says we should learn from past financial crises to map the way to a reformed 21st century capitalism.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Veteran thriller author Jeffery Deaver and up-and-coming novelist Andrew Grant team up for a discussion of their latest books.

Deaver talks about The Burning Wire, the ninth installment in a series featuring criminologist Lincoln Rhyme. When an attack is made on Manhattan’s electricity grid, it seems that terrorists must be responsible for the act.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint discusses his new book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City on Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Jenna Blum discusses her new novel The Stormchasers.

Set in a fictional Minnesota town and the rural corridor of Tornado Alley, The Stormchasers focuses on the Hallingdahl twins, a brother and sister who are both fascinated with severe weather. The brother, a stormchaser, is also bipolar. His sister is his caretaker.


Monday, June 14, 2010
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Script in Hand 2009-2010

American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.