Previous Special Events

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

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.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Robert Goldstein, a professor emeritus of political science at Oakland University, presents his book, American Blacklist.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America.


Monday, October 26, 2009

An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Percussion Group Kansas City (PGKC) for its debut performance on Sunday, October 25, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, October 24, 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.


Saturday, October 24, 2009
3:00pm

Join award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer on Saturday, October 24, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., to discover the five elements of every good story and how these elements interact to create emotion in an audience.

Short, family-friendly clips from blockbuster movies illustrate the basic techniques used to inspire, teach, and convince. You may never watch a film or read a book the same way again. For 14 years old and up. Admission is free.