Previous Special Events

Monday, November 14, 2011

A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirdaa presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – a worldwide association of Holmes fanatics who delight in curious and playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.


Monday, November 14, 2011
8:00am @ Plaza Branch

Ten finalists in the Alterra Alliance Project contest – which will provide one KC-area entrepreneurial start-up with $10,000 cash and a host of business and professional services – deliver their “elevator speech” to a public audience and a panel of judges comprised of Kansas City business leaders, who will then announce the winner immediately afterward.


Sunday, November 13, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library invites children and parents to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Local author and journalist Darryl Levings discusses his new book, a work of historical fiction that follows Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas
to clashes at Westport and Mine Creek.

This was Missouri in 1864: Teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson; a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance; and officers and men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Co-sponsored by Star Books.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features panels created by international artists and American students to help viewers imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hope for peace.

Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran, discusses the exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A 1 p.m. reception precedes the event.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spend an Afternoon with four Contemporary African American Authors

Keith Lee Johnson, author of the Little Black Girl Lost stories

RM Johnson, author of The Harris Family and The Million Dollar Divorce

Bernice McFadden, author of 2011 NAACP Image Award Nominee Glorious

Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters


Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Border Reconstructed and Remembered, moderated by Gary Kremer, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and featuring talks by:

Aaron Astor, Maryville College; The Lexington Weekly Caucasian: White Supremacist Discourse in Post-Civil War Western Missouri

John McKerley, The State Historical Society of Missouri; Across the Bloody Chasm: Race, Liberalism, and the Reconstruction of Missouri Politics


Friday, November 11, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Certified yoga teacher and music and movement instructor Bari Koral performs tunes that will have your preschooler dancing in the aisles.

Called “Sheryl Crow for kids” by the New York Post, Koral’s songs, such as “Hey Ducky” and “The Backpack Song,” are a hit with children and adults. Koral will play songs from her latest album, Rock and Roll Garden.


Friday, November 11, 2011
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Sectional Crisis and Civil War on the Western Border, 1860-1865, moderated by William Piston, Missouri State University, and featuring talks by:

Randy Mullis, Command and General Staff College; The Illusion of Security and the Fragility of Peace: Kansas and Missouri on the Eve of the Civil War

Jonathan Earle, University of Kansas; “If I Went West, I Think I Would Go To Kansas”: Abraham Lincoln, the Sunflower State, and the Election of 1860


Friday, November 11, 2011
12:00pm @ Plaza Branch

A Border Wars Book Fair sponsored by the UMKC Book Store featuring an extensive list of titles relating to the Bleeding Kansas period and the Civil War in the trans-Mississippi West concludes with a with a book signing by authors participating in the symposium.

General Sales: 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Book Signing: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


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