Previous Special Events

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

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features panels created by international artists and American students to help viewers imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hope for peace.

Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran, discusses the exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A 1 p.m. reception precedes the event.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spend an Afternoon with four Contemporary African American Authors

Keith Lee Johnson, author of the Little Black Girl Lost stories

RM Johnson, author of The Harris Family and The Million Dollar Divorce

Bernice McFadden, author of 2011 NAACP Image Award Nominee Glorious

Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters


Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Border Reconstructed and Remembered, moderated by Gary Kremer, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and featuring talks by:

Aaron Astor, Maryville College; The Lexington Weekly Caucasian: White Supremacist Discourse in Post-Civil War Western Missouri

John McKerley, The State Historical Society of Missouri; Across the Bloody Chasm: Race, Liberalism, and the Reconstruction of Missouri Politics


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.


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