Previous Special Events

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Friday, December 4, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes author Roderick Townley for a presentation based on his new book The Blue Shoe:  A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes.


Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Join Mr. Stinkyfeet, Funky Mama, Dino O'Dell, and others to celebrate the life and music of longtime Kansas City-area children's performer "Bongo Barry" Bernstein.


Thursday, November 19, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: The Business of Real Estate

William Poorvu was in charge of the real estate courses for 35 years at Harvard Business School where he was an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship. In his presentation Cycles, Crises and Characters in Real Estate, Poorvu will describe how the current economic crisis—wrenching as it has proven to be—was entirely predictable, driven by excess financial speculation in real estate.


Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews and journalist Matt Fulks discuss Matthews’ 40 years broadcasting Royals games and the current state of major league baseball.

The event will be filmed by Metro Sports. Audience questions will be encouraged.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library will hold their Booklovers Booksale Thursday through Sunday, November 19-22, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The sale will feature more than 10,000 sorted items, including fiction, non-fiction, collectibles, art books, DVDs, audiobooks, videos, CDs, and foreign language paperback fiction. Most items will be priced from 50 cents to $3.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Piloting a bomber nicknamed "Bottoms Up" during WWII, Lee Lamar was shot down over northern Italy on this day 65 years ago. Hit not once but twice, the plane veered out of control and crashed in Croatia. Lamar was the last crewman to parachute away, landing in the hands of German soldiers, who sent him to a POW camp for the final six months of the war.

In 2007, Lamar returned to Croatia to visit the site of his bailout and capture, upon invitation of a Croatian archaeological team that had recovered the remains of "Bottoms Up."


Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: James K. Polk & the Mexican War

The Library’s Presidential Series continues when Robert W. Merry discusses his new book about James K. Polk, one of the most controversial—and arguably one of America’s most successful single-term—presidents.


Monday, November 16, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: The Little Rock Nine: Everyday Heroes of Civil Rights

Carlotta Walls LaNier made history 52 years ago as one of "The Little Rock Nine." After years of silence, LaNier shares her story for the first time with her book A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.

On September 25, 1957, LaNier and eight other students only wanted to make it to class. Descended from a line of proud black landowners and businessmen, LaNier was raised to believe that education was the key to success and she excelled in her studies at segregated schools throughout the 1950s. With Brown v. Board of Education erasing the classroom color divide, the teenager volunteered to be among the first black students—of whom she was the youngest—to integrate Central High School.


Monday, November 16, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: Robert Altman: American Filmmaker

Mitchell Zuckoff joins a discussion of his new book Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, which presents the visionary director in a cinematic biography that is told in an Altmanesque chorus of voices. 


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Before Kansas City developed a jazz scene, ragtime was the music of choice. Many important ragtime composers hailed from Kansas City, which was often described as the "cradle of ragtime." The pioneering E. Harry Kelly worked for local music publisher Carl Hoffman when he wrote his first hit song, Peaceful Henry. Charles L. Johnson was working for the same company when he sold one million copies of his Dill Pickles Rag (1910).