Previous Special Events

Sunday, June 13, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
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Script in Hand 2009-2010

American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Saturday's at Central series continues with Texas native Randy Erwin, a.k.a. Cowboy Randy, performing his Yodelin' and Trick Ropin' show.

Erwin is a professional yodeler and singer whose talents have taken him across the globe and onto the silver screen in Disney's 2004 film, Home on the Range. He was also a artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park.

Erwin's interactive show is geared toward children and includes songs from the Old West, trick roping, and lots of yodeling.


Friday, June 11, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Celebration of Big Bugs with children’s author Katie Speck and Powell Gardens. Speck is the author of a popular book series about a cockroach named Maybelle who lives under a refrigerator.

This event coincides with Powell Gardens' summer-long Big Bug exhibit. The event will include hands-on activities and take place in the Art Spot. 


Friday, June 11, 2010

The L.H. Bluford Branch celebrates Black Music Month with film cult classics that feature the soundtrack of Black America. The series begins on a Friday night with a screening of Brown Sugar (2002), a romantic comedy/drama in which two lifelong friends, bonded by a love for hip hop, realize their feelings for the genre are surpassed by their feelings for each other.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes this screening. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Robin Stone, who wrote the afterward for her late husband Gerald Boyd’s memoir, discusses the book and Boyd’s life, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of The New York Times and his devastating fall on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his two graphic novels, Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and their form as art and literature on Wednesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life, and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.


Monday, June 7, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.


Sunday, June 6, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Helix architect Reeves Wiedeman discusses the recent renovation of this structure and offers historical highlights of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the unique shape of which has made it an architectural favorite.


Saturday, June 5, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Challenge with an exclusive after-hours Glee Party. Currently the No. 1 rated television show among teen audiences, Glee is a musical comedy-drama series that focuses on a high school glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School. The series follows an optimistic teacher who—against all odds, and a malicious cheerleading coach—attempts to help a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential.