Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Through colorful costumes, dramatic backdrops, and world-class musicians and dancers, Shen Yun is recognized as one of the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music companies.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

International relations scholar John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago discusses his new book, Why Leaders Lie, a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ending an excruciating period of uncertainty and marking the start of the most destructive war ever waged on American soil—the Civil War.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the battle at Fort Sumter, historian Ethan Rafuse of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on the nation.


Monday, April 4, 2011

This August Wilson drama examines the many avenues of success denied by segregation while tackling issues of masculinity, morality, and betrayal.

This encore performance of Fences will be performed by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, interprets the life and art of Francisco Toledo, one of today’s most important Mexican artists.


Sunday, April 3, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This August Wilson drama examines the many avenues of success denied by segregation while tackling issues of masculinity, morality, and betrayal.

Fences will be performed by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.


Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author and architectural historian Cydney Millstein discusses the exhibit Century of Legendary Places: The Legacy of Kansas City’s Hare & Hare. The talk marks the opening night of the year-long installation.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Acclaimed Purdue University historian and biographer Randy Roberts discusses the life and career of boxing icon Joe Louis and explains how his impact on sport and country was unlike that of any other athlete of his era.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Local artist Anne Pearce discusses her exhibit, Passport, on display in the Guldner Gallery at the Central Library through April 24. The show features contemporary works of ink, acrylic, and pencil on paper.


Sunday, March 27, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Local historian Joelouis Mattox of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in Kansas City presents the story of the United States Colored Troops.


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