Previous Special Events

Thursday, March 11, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of Barbie and the influence the iconic doll has had on the self-image of American girls since its launch in March 1959 on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Renowned Scottish architect Alan Dunlop discusses the development of Glasgow as a city and its relationship to American cities on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has been canceled at the request of the speaker due to a family emergency. The event sponsor, the Classical and Ancient Studies Program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, regrets any inconvenience this may cause.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Celebrate the Grand Reopening of the
Newly Renovated Lucile H. Bluford Branch

Sunday, March 7 • 5 p.m.
A discussion focusing on the April Kansas City School Board elections, hosted by KCUR 89.3 FM’s KC Currents, a magazine-style show covering Kansas City’s minority communities. This event takes place at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.

Call 816.701.3407 for more information.

Also part of the celebration:

Friday, March 5 • 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, March 7, 2010
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Sunday, March 7, 2010—2 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Celebrate the Grand Reopening of the
Newly Renovated Lucile H. Bluford Branch

Saturday, March 6 • 10 a.m.
Ribbon cutting celebration at the Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Avenue, featuring special guest Guion Bluford -- the nephew of civil rights pioneer Lucile Bluford and America’s first black astronaut in space -- and a host of local dignitaries.

Call 816.701.3407 for more information.

Also part of the celebration:

Friday, March 5 • 6:30 p.m.


Friday, March 5, 2010

A weekend of events celebrating the grand reopening of the Lucile H. Bluford Branch begins with a presentation at the Central Library by Guion Bluford, the nephew of civil rights pioneer Lucile Bluford, about his experiences as America's first black astronaut in space.

A veteran of four space missions, Bluford is an engineer and a colonel (retired) in the United States Air Force. His first mission in space was in 1983 as a member of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.


Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mark Lee Gardner discusses his new book about one of the most thrilling manhunts in Wild West history, lawman Pat Garrett’s pursuit of outlaw Billy the Kid on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Walker Howe explains how President Abraham Lincoln’s youthful obsession with self-improvement made him one of the most successful presidents in American history on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Howe will discuss how Lincoln’s program of self-education through disciplined reading, and other experiences in his young adulthood, shaped his moral character and influenced his politics and his worldview.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Demetria Martinez will discuss her journey as a renowned author, lecturer, activist, and columnist.

Among Martinez’s most notable books is Mother Tongue, based in part upon her 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. She was later found to be not guilty on First Amendment grounds. Martinez’s collection of autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, earned her the 2006 International Latino Book Award.