Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Local historian Erik Stafford leads a presentation called Literacy & the Black Experience on Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the L.H. Bluford Library, 3050 Prospect Ave.

Stafford will examine the impact of illiteracy on young black males in Kansas City by drawing connections between literacy, incarceration, and mortality rates. For more information, call 816.701.3482.


Saturday, July 24, 2010
12:00pm @ Plaza Branch

YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

Both Friday and Saturday's events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday's activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.


Friday, July 23, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

YOUth Fringe Festival kicks off at Plaza during Friday Night Family Fun and then continues on Saturday for a full day of activities.

Both Friday and Saturday’s events will include music, dance, and magic with performers that include City in Motion Dance Theater, Barstow Theater, and the Society of Youth Magicians. Saturday’s activities will also feature youth films, a special fashion show, and a special appearance by teen singer Jamie Amber Lynn.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her new book, The Poison King, a compelling account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Allan Meltzer, the leading historian of the nation’s central bank, and Tom Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, join Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library for a public conversation on the past, present, and future of the Federal Reserve System. The program takes place on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Former Fortune magazine technology reporter David Kirkpatrick tracks the meteoric rise of Facebook from dorm room novelty to a social networking website with 500 million users.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Don Lambert discusses the efforts of 40 men and women whose so-called Topeka Constitution marked a milestone on the road Kansas would take to eventually enter the Union as a free state on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

On March 30, 1855, a mass influx from Missouri of several thousand armed "border ruffians" overwhelmed voting for delegates to the first Kansas Territorial Legislature, resulting in a landslide victory for proslavery adherents.


Friday, July 16, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the entries for this year's Off-the-Wall Film Series—EbertfestKC—showing work he thinks deserve wider attention.


Friday, July 16, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Littleague returns to Friday Night Family Fun! Not only does this group move the crowd, they create inspired original hip hop music which assists educators and parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Be ready for a high-energy, fun-filled event!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baseball historian G. Michael Green discusses his new biography of Charlie Finley, the former owner of the Athletics who moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, on Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.