Previous Special Events

Friday, January 29, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ann Ingalls discusses her new children's book The Little Piano Girl, a biography of Mary Lou Williams, one of the most accomplished women in jazz, on Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in the Art Spot at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Described by The Boston Herald as "one of the Limón Company's great dancers," Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane.

Choreographed by Limón with music by Purcell, The Moor’s Pavane will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The inaugural exhibition of the Orval Hixon gallery, Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon, opens on Wednesday, January 27, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The opening will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. presentation from author and photography expert Dr. David Shields


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Anne C. Heller discusses her new book Ayn Rand and the World She Made, a biography of the author and philosopher best known for the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kansas City native-son Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.

The presentation complements the exhibit, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project.


Friday, January 22, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts classical music duo Silver Roots for a performance that bridges classical and world music on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

 Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation about humanities studies and the future of America's position in the world with brothers James H. and David Billington on Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

James Billington, the librarian of Congress, will discuss why the decline of humanities studies has diminished America's position in the world.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Gretchen Rubin discusses her new book The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Bestselling author Michael Gates Gill discusses his new book How to Save Your Own Life: 15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Twyla Dell discusses the rapid rise of Kansas City in its first 100 years and the role that energy played in its development on Sunday, January 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The site that would become Kansas City was founded in the Wood Age as the steamboat era began, grew to a major railroad junction 50 years later in the Coal Age and expanded into the Oil Age in the early 1900s.