Previous Special Events

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: Chinese Economy

Economist Zachary Karabell discusses his new book Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It.

China's emergence as an economic superpower is widely recognized, but that is only one aspect of the story. Over the past decade, the Chinese and U.S. economies have fused—and this new dynamic to the superpower relationship will determine whether the coming decades witness increased global prosperity or greater instability.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a "compelling novel (that) will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt."


Tuesday, November 10, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Metro Sports hosts a town hall to mark the one year anniversary of the release of CityBall, a documentary following the lives of high school athletes in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

Many of the student-athletes and coaches featured in CityBall will be joined by Kansas City School District officials to discuss the impact the documentary has had on the people, the schools, and the community. The town hall will be filmed and later broadcast by Metro Sports on Time Warner Cable.


Sunday, November 8, 2009
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Related Events:
Script in Hand 2009-2010

The fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library's Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre opens the 2009-2010 season, named American Classics, with the Lillian Hellman play, The Little Foxes.


Thursday, November 5, 2009
Recommended reading:
Berlin Wall

To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev led to Reagan's famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech and the end of the Cold War.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Stories of Homelessness

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez discusses his well-received book, The Soloist. Lopez will be interviewed by Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air. The conversation will later be broadcast on KCUR.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Patrick Dobson presents his travelogue Seldom Seen, a chronicle of his 10-week walking journey from Kansas City to Helena, Montana.


Monday, November 2, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Richard Byrum previews the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore: or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor.

The comic opera was the fourth operatic collaboration by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. It was the duo’s first opera to achieve international acclaim. The opera takes place on the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore and tells the story of the captain’s daughter, who is in love with a lower-class sailor, although her father intends her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.


Thursday, October 29, 2009
5:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Radhika Coomaraswamy of the United Nations for a presentation titled The United Nations, Children, and Armed Conflict on Thursday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

To commemorate United Nations Day, Coomaraswamy will be discussing her work to protect children from being swept up in civil wars and other armed conflicts around the world.