Previous Special Events

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wizard Rock returns when Harry and the Potters rock the Library once again!

Brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, known for their kid-friendly songs including Save Ginny Weasley and Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock, have been interpreting the spirit of J. K. Rowling’s books through music with concerts in libraries and bookstores across North America—while dressed as Harry Potter in their performances.

The concert is part of the band’s Summer 2011 Ride the Lightning national tour.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – September) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Marketing expert David Rogers, executive director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership at Columbia Business School, examines how digital technologies — from smartphones to social networks — connect us in networks that transform our relationships to businesses and each other.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Emory University historian Deborah E. Lipstadt examines the May 1960 capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina and his subsequent trial that electrified the world.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates the 40th birthday of Ziggy with an appearance by Tom Wilson, who has been drawing the iconic cartoon since 1987. Wilson will discuss the release of a new book commemorating the 40th anniversary of the comic strip.

Tom Wilson Sr. created Ziggy in 1971.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gardening expert Ethne Clarke discusses her book Hidcote: The Making of a Garden.

Hidcote is the first biography of Major Lawrence Johnston, a British soldier who established the Hidcote Manor Garden that is now in the care of the National Trust in the UK. Clarke is the editor in chief of Organic Gardening magazine and winner of the 1987 Angel Literary Award for Art of the Kitchen Garden.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch continues its annual Kansas City Architecture series, focusing this year on antebellum homes in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Tom Taylor reviews the history of the Alexander Majors House and the John B. Wornall House.

Friday, June 24, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Experience the excitement of a Reptile Zoo! This is truly a unique and thrilling way to have hands on involvement with some of the world's largest and scariest reptiles in a totally safe environment. The reptiles will be brought to the library by one of the areas most experienced handlers, Serengeti Steve, with over 20 years experience.
Guaranteed to be an awe inspiring and fun filled show!

Thursday, June 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Larry Bennett tackles some of our commonly held ideas about the “Windy City” with the goal of better understanding modern-day Chicago.

Bennett, a professor of political science at DePaul University, calls contemporary Chicago “the third city” to distinguish it from its two predecessors: “the first city,” a sprawling industrial center whose historical arc ran from the Civil War to the Great Depression; and “the second city,” the Rustbelt exemplar of the period from around 1950 to 1990.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and Hammerstein papers, Jim Lovensheimer explores South Pacific’s complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process.

Lovensheimer, an assistant professor of musicology at Vanderbilt University, shows how Rodgers, and especially Hammerstein, continually refined the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences.

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