Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

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.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The 2011 Corinthian Hall lecture addresses minority heritage and a museum’s mission, capacity, and duty in this arena.

Nuestra Herencia Americana (Our American Heritage) features Daniel Serda and his findings on immigration, discrimination, and preservation of Hispanic culture. Following Serda’s presentation, Gene Chavez discusses the social and political dynamics that shape how majority and minority communities co-exist and thrive.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

As part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry series, poet Ada Limón presents This Big Fake World, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize.

The narrative revolves around a man in a grey suit (the hero), a traveling businessman in an unsatisfying marriage. Limón’s “story in verse” proves that the hero, his friend (Lewis the drunk) and a woman at a hardware store can remind us “that we have all come out of basic need, /some gnawing thing, some hunger.”


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Australian motivational speaker and personal trainer M.D. “Dorsal” Finn discusses his book, The Vulture Perspective, which has been billed a “self-help book for the average Joe six-pack.”

Finn considers the book to be an instructional manual for the game of life. He seeks to help men (and women) find the answers to all of life’s big questions and covers subjects ranging from choosing a partner to living a balanced life to careers, success, and wealth.

Finn recently published his second book, The Female Vulture Perspective.


Sunday, September 11, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage.

Dramatic story time programs take place at the Plaza Branch one Sunday a month throughout the 2011 – 2012 school year.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Parents are invited to participate with their children.


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