Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

LaDene Morton, author of the newly released book, The Brookside Story: Shops of Every Necessary Character, presents an illustrated talk featuring nearly 50 rarely or never-before seen images of the Brookside Shopping District from its beginnings in 1919 through the present day. The images highlight Brookside’s early construction, lost architecture, historical happenings, and favorite shops of yesteryear. Together they reveal why Brookside is the special and unique place beloved by generations of Kansas Citians.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Due to heavy interest in this event, seating in the Truman Forum auditorium is near capacity. Parties that RSVP after 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 1, 2010, may be standing-room-only.

Garry Kasparov, considered by many to be the greatest chess player in history, discusses his efforts to promote democracy and liberty in Russia and around the world.


Monday, November 29, 2010

A mine collapse prompts an organized rebellion of mine workers against the American owner who exploits them. Not rated. (90 min.)


Monday, November 22, 2010

This film examines the Cristero movement, an armed Catholic rebellion against the new federal government, from the perspective of an observant army general. Not rated. (97 min.)


Sunday, November 21, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre kick off the fifth season of the Script-in-Hand series with Sir Tom Stoppard’s play The Real Thing

This Tony Award-winning comedy follows a successful playwright as he negotiates relationships with his wife and mistress, who are both actresses. Its play-within-a-play structure – coupled with the fact that most of the characters work in theater – calls into question when the actors are performing (if at all). Stoppard’s trademark wit and precise language are on full display.

The Script-in-Hand series is sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kansas native John B. McLendon is remembered as an innovative basketball tactician and the last living protégé of James Naismith, basketball’s inventor; but his efforts to break through the color lines of institutional racism in college and professional athletics are equally impressive.

Milton S. Katz discusses McLendon’s accomplishments on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, November 20, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy two nights of storytelling at the Plaza Branch.

Friday night, Gary Kuntz, Melva Hargett, and Priscilla Howe will present stories to make the imaginations of children come alive.

Saturday evening’s adult event will feature Dale Frazier, Jackie Rosine, Donnis Rogers, and Tracy Milsap, all of whom have been instrumental in the rebirth of storytelling in Kansas City. 


Friday, November 19, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy two nights of storytelling at the Plaza Branch.

Friday night, Gary Kuntz, Melva Hargett, and Priscilla Howe will present stories to make the imaginations of children come alive.

Saturday evening’s adult event will feature Dale Frazier, Jackie Rosine, Donnis Rogers, and Tracy Milsap, all of whom have been instrumental in the rebirth of storytelling in Kansas City. 


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Historian Donald Worster discusses John Wesley Powell’s 1869 journey down the Green and Colorado rivers and his trip through the Grand Canyon, the first recorded passage by a European American, on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, examines the foundations of the world’s greatest cities, from the modern metropolis to the ancient polis, in conversation with Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III.

The Fall 2010 issue, dubbed the The City, includes writing from Jane Jacobs, Italo Calvino, Charles Babbage, and Samuel Pepys. The event marks Lapham’s second appearance at the Library. The first was in April 2010.