Previous Special Events

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Gregory Wolk discusses his new book, A Tour Guide to Missouri’s Civil War, the first comprehensive sesquicentennial driver’s guide to Civil War battlefield sites in Missouri.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Manuel Munoz sets his first novel, What You See in the Dark, in 1950s Bakersfield, California, where life begins to imitate art once a famous movie actress arrives from Hollywood with her legendary director to scout for an upcoming movie shoot.

Munoz is the author of two short story collections: Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue. He is the recipient of a 2008 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2009 PEN/O.Henry Award. He lives in Tucson where he teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.

Presented by Rainy Day Books.

Monday, April 18, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has been cancelled at the request of the presenter. The Library hopes to reschedule the program at a future date.

Monday, April 18, 2011

One of the prime movers of the neighborhood revivals of New York’s Soho and Miami’s South Beach, Tony Goldman shares his experiences as an innovative real estate development leader who has helped transform the urban landscape in four major U.S. cities while redefining the way people inhabit communities in America.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Organized crime formed part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Kansas City for much of the 20th century; and the mob’s power was never greater than in the three decades it was ruled by Nick Civella.

Sunday, April 17, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Children ages 8-12 are invited to create a storybook with local artist Anne Pearce, who facilitates the interactive program. Once a story is decided upon, each child will be given a page in the book to illustrate. When finished, the book will be bound and entered into the Plaza Branch’s circulating collection.

The event complements Pearce’s exhibit, Passport, on display through April 24, 2011,
in the Guldner Gallery of the Central Library.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
11:00am @ Central Library

In recognition of Preservation Week (April 24–30, 2011), the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.

On April 16, Special Collections Librarian Lucinda Adams leads a presentation on Caring for Print Photographs. On April 30, Digital Projects Manager Jordan Fields leads a presentation on Preserving Digital Images.

Friday, April 15, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Attend an 1800s-era tea party! Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War-era attire and will teach the proper way to hold your cup, stir your tea, use your napkin, and other tea “rules.” Children, ages 6-10, will enjoy tea and cookies while using their new skills.

Let’s Have Tea! is part of a series of programs in coordination with the John Wornall House Museum to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the influence and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Three authors with more than 50 published books between them sit down for a candid discussion of the publishing industry on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

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