Previous Special Events

Saturday, May 15, 2010
1:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Vicki Myron returns to discuss her latest book about Dewey, a bedraggled stray who was found in a book drop on the coldest night of the year and grew up to become a winsome library cat, well-known for his friendly manner and stalwart spirit.Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story is a middle grade adaptation of the earlier best-seller written by the soft-hearted librarian who adopted the orange cat.

Friday, May 14, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Celebrate Children's Book Week as Dino O'Dell performs songs from his latest CD Itty Bitty Monsters, including "I've Got a Friend," "Peanut Butter Pond," and, "Smoochin' With a Giant Squid."

O'Dell (A.K.A. Kevin Dolan), a Kansas City native, earned a B.A. in music from the University of California at Santa Cruz. For the last 15 years Kevin has taught music, drama, language arts, and improvisation at preschools, elementary schools, theater, churches, and libraries.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jonathan Bender discusses his new book Lego: A Love Story, chronicling his time spent researching the colorful and creative world of Legos, on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library 14 W. 10th St.

For every person in the world, there are 62 Lego bricks. At age 30, Jonathan Bender realized he didn’t have a single one and set out to relive his childhood dream of becoming a Master Model Builder.

Thursday, May 13, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Five-time Coretta Scott King Award honoree and New York Times bestselling young adult author Sharon Draper discusses her new novel, a story full of heartache and hope.

Melody is a young girl who, because she has cerebral palsy, is unable to walk, unable to talk, and unable to do many other things most people take for granted. Her mind is full of knowledge but most people, including her doctors and teachers, don’t think she is capable of learning.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Big Read brings author Marilynne Robinson to Kansas City on Wednesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., for a discussion of Housekeeping and her literary career with Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air, who will record the conversation before a live audience for later broadcast.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

 Author T.J. Stiles discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

 Art historian Carol Inge Hockett presents Nefertiti’s Sisters: Women in Ancient Egypt – an examination of the role of women in ancient Egypt as learned through sculptures, carvings, tomb paintings, and other forms of art – on Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Yvonne Patterson presents her Wings of Love program which features 12 birds including eagle owls, toucans, cockatoos, macaws, and doves.

Wings of Love is a unique show that is both entertaining and educational. The birds talk, skate, bicycle, and spell. Audience participation is encouraged as Patterson shares the intelligence and natural beauty of rare birds.

Saturday, May 8, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City Public Library director Crosby Kemper III leads this book group discussion of the enduring modern American classic Housekeeping, which is among his favorite novels. This book group discussion is open to all and takes place in the Large Meeting Room on the main level of the Plaza Branch.

Friday, May 7, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Rita Roth discusses her book The Power of Song and Other Sephardic Tales.

The book received the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. Roth conducted research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Haifa. She was honored in March 2008 at the Library of Congress.

The book will be available for sale.