Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

Thursday, November 18, 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 by a European American, on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, examines the foundations of the world’s greatest cities, from the modern metropolis to the ancient polis, in conversation with Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III.

The Fall 2010 issue, dubbed the The City, includes writing from Jane Jacobs, Italo Calvino, Charles Babbage, and Samuel Pepys. The event marks Lapham’s second appearance at the Library. The first was in April 2010.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-nominee David Eisenhower discusses his new book Going Home to Glory.

When President Eisenhower retired, he remained the leader of the Republican Party and continued to be interested in public policy. His counsel, however, was rejected by President Kennedy, he considered Barry Goldwater unqualified, and he could only watch as the Vietnam War divided the nation. In the book, David Eisenhower offers an account of his grandfather’s life during those years.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich on Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. (Please note: the original date of this event has been changed from Monday, November 15, 2010 at the author’s request.)


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Revolution of 1910 was a landmark chapter in Mexican history. It ushered in a disruptive and often violent period that brought about the social  transformation of a largely rural society governed by an autocratic regime into a modern nation dedicated to pursuing social justice.


Monday, November 15, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Since the publication of the best-selling Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, Ted Kerasote has received thousands of e-mails asking two questions: “Have you gotten another dog?” and “Are you writing a new book?” Pukka: The Pup After Merle answers both in the most heartwarming way.

The book charmingly tells the story of how Kerasote found Pukka and recounts the early days of their bonding. Their adventures culminate in a wilderness journey that reveals something new about the dog-human partnership.


Monday, November 15, 2010

A corrupt colonel inadvertently endangers the life of his estranged son after he takes a bribe in exchange for the freedom of a notorious revolutionary who faces death by a firing squad. Not rated. (76 min.)


Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes U.S. Appellate Judge Deanell Reece Tacha for a discussion of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area on Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Leeny  Del  Seamonds, the  2002  National  Storyteller  of  the  Year and the recipient of the 2005 Storytelling World Winner Award, performs a concert titled Ay Caramba!

Del Seamonds is an internationally acclaimed performer of Latino stories. Known for animated, interactive performances, she urges listeners to feel positive about themselves and cultural diversity.

The show is suitable for ages 4 and older and encourages audience participation.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II will host Coffee with Cleaver as part of the grand opening festivities of the Health & Wellness Center. 


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