Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poet and griot Kwabena Dinizulu presents Aesop to Hip Hop—a collection of fables, folk tales, poetry, and proverbs. Aesop to Hip Hop addresses subjects critical to character development and cultural understanding.

Dinizulu is a critically acclaimed, nationally known performance artist. He has performed for more than two decades.


Friday, February 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, Kansas City's favorite kids' rocker, performs songs about family, friends, and love in honor of Valentine's Day.

Cosgrove is a Kansas City native who currently resides in Prairie Village with his wife and two daughters. "Mr. Stinky Feet" performs more than 300 shows around the country each year.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Author John Brewer discusses his new book The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The American Leonardo traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – allegedly the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and illuminates the workings of the 20th century art market and the questions surrounding art attribution.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War: The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Fox 4 News Film Critic Shawn Edwards for a panel discussion on Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance? on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

This panel discussion draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.


Sunday, February 7, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Related Events:
Script in Hand 2009-2010

American Classics, the fourth season of the Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with Picnic, by Kansas native William Inge.


Friday, February 5, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Coterie Theater presents its Treasure Trunk traveling show Friend Not Foe, about a young girl who discovers a robot.

He teaches her the wonders of being a robot, and she teaches him the complexities of being human. The two encounter lessons in humility, experience misunderstandings, discover generosity, and eventually learn to accept their differences.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Author and historian Steven Watts discusses his new book Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The book traces Hefner’s personal and professional life from his childhood to his founding of Playboy magazine to his company’s transition from simple magazine publisher to a large communications and entertainment company.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Sol Sender discusses his experiences developing the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand” on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, January 29, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ann Ingalls discusses her new children's book The Little Piano Girl, a biography of Mary Lou Williams, one of the most accomplished women in jazz, on Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in the Art Spot at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.