Previous Special Events

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Robin Stone, who wrote the afterward for her late husband Gerald Boyd’s memoir, discusses the book and Boyd’s life, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of The New York Times and his devastating fall on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his two graphic novels, Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and their form as art and literature on Wednesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life, and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

Monday, June 7, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.

Sunday, June 6, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Helix architect Reeves Wiedeman discusses the recent renovation of this structure and offers historical highlights of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the unique shape of which has made it an architectural favorite.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Challenge with an exclusive after-hours Glee Party. Currently the No. 1 rated television show among teen audiences, Glee is a musical comedy-drama series that focuses on a high school glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School. The series follows an optimistic teacher who—against all odds, and a malicious cheerleading coach—attempts to help a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact, or call (816) 701-3468.

Friday, June 4, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Summer Reading program kick-off party with local kid rocker favorite, Funky Mama, a.k.a. Krista Tatschl Eyler.

The music is a bold, straightforward, energetic style. Along with programs and activities, Summer Reading rewards kids with prizes for reading all summer long.

Thursday, June 3, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

New York-based writer Elizabeth Bettina, discusses her book It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

It Happened in Italy tells the amazing story of how thousands of Jews in Italy were saved during World War II.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter discusses his new book The Promise: President Obama, Year One on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Promise is the first detailed examination of President Barack Obama’s first year in office and offers an insider’s look at Obama’s decisions and accomplishments.