Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Matthew Bishop discusses his new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, and shares his thoughts on the economy and capitalism’s future.  His scheduled visit in April was postponed when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull halted travel.

Bishop, the U.S. business editor for The Economist, says we should learn from past financial crises to map the way to a reformed 21st century capitalism.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Veteran thriller author Jeffery Deaver and up-and-coming novelist Andrew Grant team up for a discussion of their latest books.

Deaver talks about The Burning Wire, the ninth installment in a series featuring criminologist Lincoln Rhyme. When an attack is made on Manhattan’s electricity grid, it seems that terrorists must be responsible for the act.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint discusses his new book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City on Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Jenna Blum discusses her new novel The Stormchasers.

Set in a fictional Minnesota town and the rural corridor of Tornado Alley, The Stormchasers focuses on the Hallingdahl twins, a brother and sister who are both fascinated with severe weather. The brother, a stormchaser, is also bipolar. His sister is his caretaker.


Monday, June 14, 2010
Related Events:
Script in Hand 2009-2010

American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.


Monday, June 14, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.


Sunday, June 13, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Related Events:
Script in Hand 2009-2010

American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Saturday's at Central series continues with Texas native Randy Erwin, a.k.a. Cowboy Randy, performing his Yodelin' and Trick Ropin' show.

Erwin is a professional yodeler and singer whose talents have taken him across the globe and onto the silver screen in Disney's 2004 film, Home on the Range. He was also a artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park.

Erwin's interactive show is geared toward children and includes songs from the Old West, trick roping, and lots of yodeling.


Friday, June 11, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Celebration of Big Bugs with children’s author Katie Speck and Powell Gardens. Speck is the author of a popular book series about a cockroach named Maybelle who lives under a refrigerator.

This event coincides with Powell Gardens' summer-long Big Bug exhibit. The event will include hands-on activities and take place in the Art Spot. 


Friday, June 11, 2010

The L.H. Bluford Branch celebrates Black Music Month with film cult classics that feature the soundtrack of Black America. The series begins on a Friday night with a screening of Brown Sugar (2002), a romantic comedy/drama in which two lifelong friends, bonded by a love for hip hop, realize their feelings for the genre are surpassed by their feelings for each other.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes this screening. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.