Previous Special Events

Thursday, June 24, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

With a mission to bring together master musicians, dancers, and young artists from across the world to "share the beauty and artistry of Spanish and Latin American music through study, collaboration, and performance," the Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana (FIMEL) presents the second annual International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Three of the four local writers of a book that renowned management consultant Stephen R. Covey says “exemplifies the resilience of the human spirit” share their personal stories about difficulties in marriage, children, the importance of friendship, conflict, facing the inevitability of death, balance, personal solitude, and inspiration on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, June 21, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.


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.