Previous Special Events

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

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.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.


Friday, November 4, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mike and Nancy Micham honed their skills telling stories and singing traditional folk music at Silver Dollar City. They will present a family program full of stories, song, and lots of laughter as part of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College–Maple Woods.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.


Thursday, November 3, 2011
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his annual State of the County Address in the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library.

The two-term County Executive, having first been elected in 2006, has touched on making county government more transparent, the integration of a mass transit system, and planning for the next generation with regional cooperation.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?


Sunday, October 30, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.


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