Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

From bandits to gangsters, from kidnappers to gunslinging evangelists, Kansas City has proved to be a hotbed for criminals. In Kansas City Crime Central, longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor Monroe Dodd recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds.

His new book not only covers the area’s most notorious crimes, but also details the gangland shooting of Ferris Anthon in the 1930s and a 1890s hanging for which the sheriff sent out printed invitations.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The classic children’s novel Robinson Crusoe bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe in 1719. Decades after the author’s death, editors stripped the novel of its religious center and existential elements to create the tale of adventure and ingenuity that is well-known to generations of readers.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
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This third event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.


Monday, October 11, 2010

The Midwest Democracy Project hosts a forum exploring the question: What is the 21st century mission of our public schools? Participants will work in small groups led by trained facilitators, then join a larger concluding discussion to share ideas. Participants will consider how to prepare students to be successful in the workplace; how to prepare them to be active and responsible citizens; and how to help them discover and develop their talents.


Monday, October 11, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler discusses his new book The End of Overeating and offers insights on how to break unhealthy eating habits on Monday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, October 9, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
The Great Debates Revisited
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  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

The Kennedy-Nixon debates receive a close analysis in one entire chapter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Making of the President 1960, authored by political journalist Theodore H. White. The book is a classic American history and political science text that launched a whole genre of narrative journalism that is still imitated.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturdays at Central hosts St. Louis native Serengeti Steve, or The Reptile Man, to present his very creepy-crawly program, The Reptile Experience.

Former policeman Steve created the talk while teaching the D.A.R.E. (anti-drug) program. Since his departure from the police force, he has raised more than 50 species of reptiles, some of which he brings to his shows.


Saturday, October 9, 2010
The Great Debates Revisited
  • Special Events
  • Book Discussions
  • Film Series
  • Sponsor Infomation

Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, a close advisor who helps President Kennedy and "co-president" Robert Kennedy negotiate the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

On Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier, Robert Pledge, presents an account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution showcasing the photography of Li Zhensheng.


Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Steven Epstein discusses the politically-charged debate surrounding Gardasil and other vaccines on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.