Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch continues its annual Kansas City Architecture series, focusing this year on antebellum homes in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Tom Taylor reviews the history of the Alexander Majors House and the John B. Wornall House.


Friday, June 24, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Experience the excitement of a Reptile Zoo! This is truly a unique and thrilling way to have hands on involvement with some of the world's largest and scariest reptiles in a totally safe environment. The reptiles will be brought to the library by one of the areas most experienced handlers, Serengeti Steve, with over 20 years experience.
Guaranteed to be an awe inspiring and fun filled show!


Thursday, June 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Larry Bennett tackles some of our commonly held ideas about the “Windy City” with the goal of better understanding modern-day Chicago.

Bennett, a professor of political science at DePaul University, calls contemporary Chicago “the third city” to distinguish it from its two predecessors: “the first city,” a sprawling industrial center whose historical arc ran from the Civil War to the Great Depression; and “the second city,” the Rustbelt exemplar of the period from around 1950 to 1990.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and Hammerstein papers, Jim Lovensheimer explores South Pacific’s complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process.

Lovensheimer, an assistant professor of musicology at Vanderbilt University, shows how Rodgers, and especially Hammerstein, continually refined the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences.


Sunday, June 19, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch hosts its annual Kansas City Architecture series, focusing this year on antebellum homes in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Eric Bushner, vice-president of community and government relations for James B. Nutter & Company, discusses the history of the Nathan Scarritt Home — the oldest frame house still standing in the Westport area — located at 4038 Central St.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

The first-ever meeting of a national coalition of lesbian and gay leaders took place in Kansas City in 1966.

What preceded such activism? How has the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community evolved? Answers are found in the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, which is discussed by a panel of local experts: Stuart Hinds, Miller Nichols Library; David Jackson, Jackson County Historical Society; and Christopher Leitch, Kansas City Museum.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The Off-the-Wall Film Series screens cult films selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Kansas City Public Library.

Dark City takes place in an artificial community where humans are test subjects whose memories are wiped daily. Ebert describes it as “not only a beautiful film, but a gorgeous one.” Starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connolly, and William Hurt. Rated R. (107 min.)


Friday, June 17, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun hosts an informative, creative, hands-on program that will help children learn about who lived in Missouri during the Civil War era.

The program focuses primarily on Chinese, African, and Mexican children in Missouri in the mid-1800s. A discussion will take place about the reasons each culture chose to immigrate to Missouri. The program includes games from the Civil War era and ends with a craft.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.


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