Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Sunday, March 6, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This annual film series takes a look at Marriage & Family – Under the Surface with Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, adapted from the Evan S. Connell novels set in the Kansas City Country Club District during the 1930s and ‘40s. Starring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. Rated PG-13. (126 min.)


Thursday, March 3, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library has postponed the Winter’s Light event scheduled for this evening at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St, at the request of the performers.

Winter’s Light: An Evening of Multi-Faith Music, Dance, and Storytelling has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Author Deb Olin Unferth discusses her new memoir about the year she spent in Central America looking for a revolution to help “foment.”


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

National Archives and Records Administration Exhibits Specialist Dee Harris discusses Cowboys, Quacks, and Carousels: Stories of Kansas.


Monday, February 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry talk about The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. This event was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2011, but was rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions on that day. If you submitted an RSVP to the January 31 event, you will need to RSVP again.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Area artist Hugh Merrill discusses his exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries at the Central Library.

Merrill’s drawings are influenced by many cultural and visual references that include industry, commerce, and architecture. He describes his mixed media works as “floating in an uncertain void, disconnected from social, scientific, and mythical realities that sustain belief.”


Sunday, February 27, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union will hold its 27th annual Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Students from 10 area schools will compete for first place in a competition designed to develop students’ speaking and critical thinking skills, as well as their appreciation of literature, as they explore the timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works.


Friday, February 25, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Brother John Anderson will present his amazing new one-man show, John Henry: Man, Myth, and Legend. The program will be at the following locations and times:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries — be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Medical Centers and Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley present The Doctor Is In at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. featuring Shadrach Smith, M.D.


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