Previous Special Events

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.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011
5:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Google is making its ultra-high-speed fiber optic network available to Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, residents in 2012. The Social Media Club of Kansas City invites people from both sides of the state line to come hear about a public-outreach campaign to spread awareness of Google Fiber and discuss ways of using the 1-gigabit Internet connection to enhance the quality of life for all citizens.


Sunday, December 11, 2011
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.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, discusses her four trips to Afghanistan since 2010 and explains what she learned about the conditions faced by ordinary people in a country afflicted by three decades of warfare.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Welsh-born actor Guy Masterson reads A Child’s Christmas in Wales, one of the most popular works by Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, like many of Thomas’ poems, is less a narrative than a collection of descriptive passages intended to invoke a sense of nostalgia in the reader or listener. It was first published in its current form by Harper’s Bazaar in 1950, though a shorter, earlier version called Memories of Christmas was recorded in 1945 for the BBC.


Friday, December 9, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Celebrate the holidays with The Lend a Hand Family and their “Healthy Hip Hop Movement!”

Rappin Roy,” ”Reggie Regg the Magic Man,” and “Rofessor the Professor” are hosting a community event in honor of the true spirit of Christmas … love and family!

Their positive presentation will bring music, dance, and magic together during an action-packed, interactive performance.

Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, December 8, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role of the Court in American government and explains why he believes the justices should interpret the Constitution in a way that works in practice as well as in theory.

Breyer rejects approaches that look exclusively at the Constitution’s text or the 18th century views of the framers and instead advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances.

Co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.


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