Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

>The Kansas City Public Library hosts the Latino Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2011, and Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Saturday event begins at 2:30 p.m. with the key note speech titled, From Immigrant Child to Published Author: Dreams Come True by bilingual children’s author René Colato Laínez. A 2 p.m. reception will precede his presentation.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
11:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch hosts a Bike Safety Event for the whole family.

The event features a panel of local bicycle enthusiasts addressing various issues such as preparing for a bike event, bike commuting, and more. There will also be two Kansas City, Missouri police officers on hand to discuss bike safety and rules of the road.

BikeSource and Family Bike will offer free bike check-ups. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza will provide a complimentary lunch.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – September) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

Friday, June 3, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Summer is finally here! Come help us celebrate by signing up for the Summer Reading Program. Rockin Rob will be here to keep our toes tapping and our hands clapping.

Rockin Rob brings a traditional and original style of children’s music, mixing Folk/ A Capella/ Oldies/ Blues/ Freestyle/ Doo Wop/Gospel/and Rock and Roll. Educating and interacting with children through the benefits of music, movement, storytelling and FUN is not only a passion, but a mission.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author and National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu discusses his new book Whatever Gets You Through the Night, an irreverent and deeply funny retelling of the Arabian Nights.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A panel of experts from Kansas and Missouri discusses ongoing efforts to develop MetroGreen—a system of nature areas, greenways, and trails—with an emphasis on the more than 200 miles that have already been constructed and are open to the public. Once completed, the network will stretch 1,144 miles.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Location: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th Street

James H. Willbanks, director of the Department of Military History at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, discusses the history of the Medal of Honor, which has been awarded by the president in the name of Congress to more than 3,400 of the bravest and most heroic members of the U.S. armed forces since 1861.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Noted humorist Roy Blount Jr. discusses Alphabetter Juice, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Alphabet Juice.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Recommended reading:
11 Books on the American City

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III and Harvard University economist Edward Glaeser engage in a myth-shattering discussion of American cities.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Closing the month, a physician from Truman Medical Centers will answer a wide range of patron questions at the popular The Doctor Is In series.

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