Previous Special Events

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
7:00am @ Plaza Branch

An initiative of Kansas City’s leading business organizations, The Gigabit Challenge solicited business plans from technology entrepreneurs seeking to use Kansas City’s upcoming Google Fiber network to get their businesses off the ground.

Conducted from October 1 – November 18, 2011, the contest drew 113 submissions from around the globe. In this daylong session, finalists will present their business plans before a live audience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The artistic team from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer discusses their new and imaginative staging of Mark Twain’s literary classic, celebrated this past fall during The Big Read. Actors will perform a well-known scene from the novel, and the creative team will discuss the unique process of adapting literature into exciting theatre.

Described by The New York Times as “near perfect,” the script for this production was written by award-winning playwright Laura Eason.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Filmmaker Terence O’Malley discusses his new book Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City, a companion to his documentary of the same name.

O’Malley chronicles the Black Hand era in Kansas City that saw the beginnings of Italian organized crime, its later alliance with the Pendergast political machine, and its rise to dominance in the early 20th century. O’Malley also discusses the lives of the overwhelming majority within the city’s Italian American community who suffered as victims of organized crime.

Sunday, January 15, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The annual Searching the Psyche through Cinema series returns for an examination of the most deliberately neurotic American filmmaker, Woody Allen.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a romantic comedy-drama about two American women whose summer in Spain is defined by their relationships with an artist and his unstable ex-wife. Written and directed by Allen, the film stars Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Penélope Cruz. Rated PG-13. (96 min.)

Thursday, January 12, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

A newborn baby is kidnapped from a Kansas City hospital. A New Year’s Eve bank robber takes hostages in a stand-off. A pharmacist dilutes the medication of 4,000 patients. Over the past 20 years, some of the highest profile FBI cases were investigated in Kansas City.

Retired Special Agent Jeff Lanza, who served as the FBI’s Kansas City spokesman, tells the real stories behind the headlines and reveals how he learned to interact with local and national media. Lanza is author of the recently released Pistols to Press.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wendell Potter, a former VP of CIGNA, argues that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

Sunday, January 8, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library invites children and parents to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, exploring his career as a Missouri statesman and discussing his perspective on civic leadership and the public good.

Holden’s official portrait, which was officially unveiled at the Missouri State Capitol on December 9, 2011, will be on display during the program. Portrait artist Carla Malone Steck will also make remarks on her approach to painting the portraits of both the Governor and the former First Lady, Lori Hauser Holden.

Friday, December 16, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Travel back in time to 1858 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ruled England and attend a tea in the queen’s honor. She and her husband, Prince Albert, will discuss their lives in England and introduce their favorite Christmas traditions.

This program features a lesson on etiquette, snacks served on fine china, and a visit from the queen and prince dressed in their finest royal attire! Fancy holiday dress is requested. All ages are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the John Wornall House.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
6:30pm @ Waldo Branch

Former Kansas City School District teacher James P. Wilcox discusses Sex, Lies, and the Classroom – a novel set in a fictional inner-city school.

The book follows the life of teacher Nathaniel O’Connell, who thought he knew how to survive at the low-income, ethnically diverse, inner-city school. But a run in with three students who know how to inflict pain, both physical and emotional, leaves him fighting for his reputation, his job, his family, and his very survival.

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