Previous Special Events

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses her book, Every Last One, an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010
9:00pm

Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

Author Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.

Matterhorn tells the story of Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company.  Mellas, an ambitious young reservist with an Ivy League education and a chip on his shoulder, is assigned to lead a rifle platoon of 40 Marines, most of them teenagers.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Jerry Muller discusses his new book Capitalism and the Jews, a collection of four essays examining the historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people, on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Muller will explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex, as well as ambivalent.


Sunday, May 2, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
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Script in Hand 2009-2010

South Pacific

by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Sunday, May 2, 2010—2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific


Saturday, May 1, 2010
10:00am

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact KCLibraryFriends@gmail.com, or call (816) 701-3468.


Friday, April 30, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library's Friday Night Family Fun hosts singer-songwriter Mauricio Salguero to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros with a performance of Uno, dos, tres, ¡todos a cantar! Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, April 29, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

One of the leading Chicano writers in the country with 14 published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, and poetry, Luis J. Rodriguez will discuss his prolific work.

Rodriguez’s master work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., is a 1993 memoir of gang life. With more than 300,000 copies sold, this book garnered a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, and was designated a New York Times Notable Book.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program Schools, discusses an examination of KIPP-endorsed ideas such as longer school days, summer classes, and a more strenuous academic curriculum.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Former principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet Judith Fugate discusses her career and the May production of the George Balanchine work Who Cares? on Wednesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Set to 16 Gershwin songs, Who Cares? is part of the Kansas City Ballet’s spring season and will be performed May 6-9 at The Lyric Theatre.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

A native of the American Midwest, Juliet Gael presents her novel, a mix of fact and fiction that captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature’s most famous sisters.