Previous Special Events

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

To open the latest season of the What Works in Urban Education series, Tom Bloch and the University Academy present Jacqueline Edelberg and her book, How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Urban League of Greater Kansas City President Gwendolyn Grant leads a discussion of data from the State of Black Kansas City 2010 Equality Index on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The 2010 Index indicates that black unemployment is three times that of whites, that more than three times as many blacks as whites live below poverty line, and that more than 50% of blacks do not have medical insurance.


Thursday, January 7, 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 in American history, on Thursday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Friday, December 18, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Friday Night Family Fun series hosts members of the Midwest Children's Authors Guild on Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., for a special reading of selections from their new Christmas Anthology.


Friday, December 11, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

 The StoneLion Puppet Theatre presents its latest production, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, on Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Santa's workshop comes alive with festive toy marionettes and a charming larger-than-life dollhouse which opens to reveal a re-enactment of Clement C. Moore's famous poem. Join us for this amazing, intricate show that captures the true spirit of the holidays!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Brass—a six-member ensemble comprised of Kansas City Symphony performers—returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of holiday favorites from the sacred to the secular.

The Kansas City Brass is a brass ensemble with percussion organized in 1991. Its members are: Gary Schutza Jr. and Brian Rood (trumpets); Steve Multer (horn); Wyatt Henderson (trombone); Steven Seward (tuba); and Timothy Jepson (percussion).


Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library and the Kansas City Museum present the history and autobiography of the Fairy Princess, a local holiday staple that has delighted children for decades.

Museum Director Christopher Leitch will explore the history of the character while Kansas City's longest reigning Fairy Princess, KKFI radio personality Carol Barta, discusses her own experiences "on the throne" at Kline's Department Store in downtown Kansas City. 


Saturday, December 5, 2009
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Friends of the Library are holding their annual Cookbook Sale on Saturday, December 5, 2009, 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.


Friday, December 4, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes author Roderick Townley for a presentation based on his new book The Blue Shoe:  A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes.


Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Join Mr. Stinkyfeet, Funky Mama, Dino O'Dell, and others to celebrate the life and music of longtime Kansas City-area children's performer "Bongo Barry" Bernstein.