Previous Special Events

Friday, September 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy an interactive music and story telling performance for the whole family by award-winning songwriter Dino O’Dell.


Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The third annual Power of Reading celebration features Kansas City authors and new adult readers sharing inspired stories about the role reading plays in their lives.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Columnist and political commentator John Avlon discusses his new book Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns.

Deadline Artists is a celebration of the American newspaper column. It includes columns by several masters of the craft, including: H.L. Mencken, Ernie Pyle, Murray Kempton, Jimmy Breslin, and Mike Royko. It also includes columns written by public figures, including one by Theodore Roosevelt that appeared in The Kansas City Star.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Public art and its accompanying community participation contribute significantly to the identity of a city. In addition to inspiring dialogue and providing visual appeal, a varied civic public art collection often symbolizes the vitality of the city it inhabits.

Jack Becker, executive director of Minnesota-based Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review, discusses the complex, beneficial, and sometimes contentious role that art plays in the public realm.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in such a fashion that his first novel simultaneously addressed two divergent audiences: the young and the formerly young. At times, his story ridicules boyhood fantasies (such as finding buried treasure and rescuing a damsel in distress) and later grants these same ridiculous hopes and dreams. In creating a text that speaks to two age groups, Twain appears as the literary forerunner of Pixar Animation Studios.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Already an established artist of worldwide fame, Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton was a natural choice for the Limited Editions Club’s illustrated version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Likewise, the boy from Mark Twain’s most accessible novel was a perfect subject for Benton, whose influence on the Regionalist movement emphasized a need for works that conveyed a uniquely American character. But Tom Sawyer presented a challenge as the artist strained to translate the humor and ease of the vernacular prose into a modern visual style.


Sunday, September 18, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with two programs by Marimba Sol de Chiapas. Experience a virtual tour of four of Mexico’s most popular regional musical styles through a multi-media presentation, prerecorded music, and commentary, along with live musical performance.

Friday, September 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 18 @ 2 p.m.


Friday, September 16, 2011

The Off-the-Wall Film Series screens cult films selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Kansas City Public Library.


Friday, September 16, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with two programs by Marimba Sol de Chiapas. Experience a virtual tour of four of Mexico’s most popular regional musical styles through a multi-media presentation, prerecorded music, and commentary, along with live musical performance.

Friday, September 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 18 @ 2 p.m.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Esther Schor discusses her book about the life of Emma Lazarus, the iconoclastic 19th century poet and activist whose poem gave voice to the Statue of Liberty.

Schor is a poet and professor of English at Princeton University. Her work has been published in The Times Literary Supplement as well as The New York Times. Schor curated the exhibit Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience now on display at the Central Library.


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