Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III discusses the life and career of iconic film director Frank Capra.

“As America urbanized and spread its ideology, Capra and some of his contemporaries made movies examining the manners, morals, and culture of its small towns and frontier,” says Kemper. “They focused on the individuals whose idiosyncrasies built our vision of community and, together, these directors represent a kind of collaborative 20th century Tocqueville looking at the results of democratic culture.”


Monday, December 6, 2010

Owning a business is the very definition of the American dream for many. Timothy Sandefur discusses his new book The Right to Earn a Living, which charts the history of the fundamental human right of economic liberty—a right he says the Founding Fathers considered to be vital to the “pursuit of happiness.”

Sandefur will discuss how the Constitution seeks to protect the right to earn a living and the Constitutional amendments that expanded that protection to all Americans, regardless of race.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Noted historian Paul Nagel joins Douglas Adams, the great-great-great-great grandson of John Adams, for an examination of the extraordinary multigenerational legacy of the John Adams family on Sunday, December 5, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, December 4, 2010
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Friends of the Library are holding their annual Cookbook Sale on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 10am to 4pm, at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.

We'll feature new, gently used, historic, local, regional, spiralbound, paperback, and hardcover cookbooks—most priced at $3.00. We'll also present a selection of "collectible" cookbooks and some suitable for gift giving, selling from $5-$15. Also at the sale will be a variety of food- related nonfiction and fiction.


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.


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