Previous Special Events

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill marks the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a skeptical analysis that looks past the headlines and delves into the pages of history on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.

Based in Lenexa, Kansas, BATS Exchange is one of the fastest growing equity markets in the United States with a team focused on fostering innovation and competition in the securities markets. BATS was founded in June 2005 at a time when market innovation and technology leadership were at risk due to over consolidation in the exchange industry.


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

Howard Frank Mosher discusses his new book Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The story begins with 17-year-old Morgan Kinneson helping a black slave, Jesse, escape to Canada during the American Civil War. When Morgan is drawn away by the chance to kill a moose that would feed his family for months, he returns to find that Jesse has been murdered.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bill Braniff discusses the terrorist threat faced by the United States and explains how close examination of the environments in which terrorist organizations operate is crucial to understanding the global Salafi-jihadi movement on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee discusses his career and the writing life as part of the Writers at Work series on Monday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, March 28, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Sunday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., DEBATE-Kansas City (DKC) allows students participating in School Board Sound Off to ask questions of candidates running for seats in the upcoming Kansas City, Missouri Board of Education election in School Board Sound Off.

DKC, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing urban Kansas City students the opportunity to hone their skills in debating, works to increase civic engagement by connecting students to important issues.


Friday, March 26, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Gary Negbaur returns with Max’s Family Band to perform his unique brand of music.

The band consists of Gary, a pianist, singer, and songwriter, and his wife, Yvette, a theater and cabaret singer. Inspired by the antics of their 3-year-old son, Max, the Negbaurs composed 15 songs for and about him that are relatable to children and parents alike.


Thursday, March 25, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of the best cartoons from his 25 years drawing the one-panel cartoon Rubes on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey will discuss her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Author Roy Morris explains how Samuel Clemens’ six-year journey from Missouri to Hawaii – with lengthy stopovers in Virginia City, Nevada, and San Francisco – resulted in his literary emergence as Mark Twain on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.