Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Friday, November 11, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Certified yoga teacher and music and movement instructor Bari Koral performs tunes that will have your preschooler dancing in the aisles.

Called “Sheryl Crow for kids” by the New York Post, Koral’s songs, such as “Hey Ducky” and “The Backpack Song,” are a hit with children and adults. Koral will play songs from her latest album, Rock and Roll Garden.


Friday, November 11, 2011
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Sectional Crisis and Civil War on the Western Border, 1860-1865, moderated by William Piston, Missouri State University, and featuring talks by:

Randy Mullis, Command and General Staff College; The Illusion of Security and the Fragility of Peace: Kansas and Missouri on the Eve of the Civil War

Jonathan Earle, University of Kansas; “If I Went West, I Think I Would Go To Kansas”: Abraham Lincoln, the Sunflower State, and the Election of 1860


Friday, November 11, 2011
12:00pm @ Plaza Branch

A Border Wars Book Fair sponsored by the UMKC Book Store featuring an extensive list of titles relating to the Bleeding Kansas period and the Civil War in the trans-Mississippi West concludes with a with a book signing by authors participating in the symposium.

General Sales: 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Book Signing: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Friday, November 11, 2011
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

Making the Border Bleed: Slavery and Politics in Territorial Kansas, moderated by Virgil Dean, Kansas Historical Society, and featuring talks by:

Kristen Epps, Colorado State University – Pueblo; Before the Border Wars: Slavery and Southern Settlement on the Western Frontier, 1825-1845

Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University; The Goose Question: The Proslavery Party in Territorial Kansas and the “Crisis in Law and Order”


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.


Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30pm

The Border Wars Conference, featuring sessions at both the Central Library and the Plaza Branch, offers an exploration of this most uncivil of wars while providing insight into the ways in which societies can be fragmented by ideology and ultimately rebuilt upon different lines.


Thursday, November 10, 2011
10:00am @ Central Library

Mike Brown, strategic innovation expert at The Brainzooming Group, presents ideas for how the Google Fiber gigabit broadband Internet service can be used to benefit Kansas City on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Renowned stage and screen actor Hal Holbrook visits the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 for a public conversation about his beautifully moving new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011
10:00am @ Central Library

Master storyteller and Library favorite, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec delights his audiences with folktales and myths from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, and Afghanistan. Kikuchi-Yngojo’s performances take his audiences on an adventure of the imagination, weaving a variety of traditional tales with music, movement, and expressions to bring the characters and places to life.


Monday, November 7, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Co-sponsored by UMKC Women’s Center.


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