Previous Special Events

Friday, November 4, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mike and Nancy Micham honed their skills telling stories and singing traditional folk music at Silver Dollar City. They will present a family program full of stories, song, and lots of laughter as part of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College–Maple Woods.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.


Thursday, November 3, 2011
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his annual State of the County Address in the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library.

The two-term County Executive, having first been elected in 2006, has touched on making county government more transparent, the integration of a mass transit system, and planning for the next generation with regional cooperation.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?


Sunday, October 30, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.


Friday, October 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Funerals were very different during the Civil War era. Children can meet and visit with a Civil War undertaker and learn some of the “proper” mourning customs of the day. Lee Ward portrays the 1860s-era undertaker.

After the presentation, children will get to create their own Victorian Halloween crafts. Materials will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the John Wornall House.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, and a military veteran whose experiences flying missions over France during World War II would become the inspiration for an American classic, Catch-22. When he passed away in 1999, Heller left behind a body of work, including the novels Something Happened and Good as Gold, that remain in print.


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