Previous Special Events

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The curator of the exhibit 200 Years on Troost, Father Paisius (David) Altschul, talks about the avenue's rich history, from Osage Indian trail, to the man who lent it his name, to a bustling 1950s shopping hub, to the turmoil of the 1968 riots.

Today, it's a community where diversity is appreciated, a new bridge and MAX bus route are being built, and more than 100,000 tulips have been planted. Father Altschul attended high school in the neighborhood and chose to return there to live and work.  He directs Reconciliation Services.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

In a USA Today poll, 95 percent said civility in politics is essential to a healthy democracy. So why is it so hard to solve problems when people disagree?

Saturday, October 2, 2010
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Ron Howard directs this dramatization of the much-heralded interviews conducted by British talk-show host David Frost with President Nixon, three years after his resignation. Starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Rated R. (122 min.)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact, or call (816) 701-3468.

Friday, October 1, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Join us in celebrating the release of the latest collection of energetic, original songs titled Swimming in Noodles by Jim Cosgrove, a.k.a. "Mr. Stinky Feet."

The eighth release from the award-winning Kansas City-based performer serves up a free-flowing bowlful of happy songs with a sunny sound.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Historian and author Duane W. Roller presents his book, Cleopatra: A Biography, described as a “rich, comprehensive portrait of Cleopatra in her many dimensions.”

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The September 2010 Special Events calendar incorrectly listed the location of this event. David Herlihy will appear at the Plaza Branch.

David Herlihy presents his book about Frank Lenz, a young man who left his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the spring of 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled “pneumatic safety” (the prototype of the modern bicycle), only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Doreen Cronin reads from her new book, Rescue Bunnies, a beautifully illustrated story featuring Newbie, a Rescue Bunny trainee, on Tuesday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Newbie has passed the Physical Fitness Test, the Emergency Rescue Roping Test, and even the Blind Taste Test. Now it’s time for the toughest Rescue Bunny test of all... the Field Test.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lost in Translation (2003) on September 27. While traveling in Tokyo, two Americans with nothing in common aside from insomnia (Scarlett Johansson and Murray, in his only Oscar nominated performance) paint the town red and form a close friendship in this surprisingly affecting film. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Rated R. (102 min.)