Previous Special Events

Friday, August 5, 2011

To commemorate the pioneering efforts of the Kansas City Public Library and Truman Medical Centers, the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., celebrates the one year anniversary of its Health & Wellness Center with a weekend of events promoting an active lifestyle.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Join a public conversation with local brewing pioneer John McDonald, founder of Boulevard Brewing Company.

McDonald, recently named the 2011 Brewers Association Recognition Award winner, started the brewery in 1989 and hand delivered Boulevard beer to local restaurants in his pick-up truck. Today, his company employs over 90 people.

Since 1989, the award-winning company has grown to become the largest craft brewer in the Midwest and the largest independent American brewer in Missouri.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Celebrate what would have been the 99th birthday of Milton Friedman when John Fund, political columnist for The Wall Street Journal, assesses the legacy of the late Nobel Prize-winning economist and champion of capitalism.

Friedman was widely regarded as the leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics. His landmark work, Capitalism and Freedom, was published in 1962. In 1988, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fund has been with the Journal since April 1984.

Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Educational Choice and the Show-Me Institute.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No event in American history was more pivotal — or more contested — than the decision by Congress to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain.

Sunday, July 24, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch concludes its annual Kansas City Architectures series, which in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War focused on antebellum homes this year.

Alana Smith, president of the Westport Historical Society, shares the history of the Harris-Kearney Home, the oldest remaining brick residence located in historic Westport. The home once looked out on the Santa Fe Trail and later served as a headquarters for the Union Army. It is now located at 4000 Baltimore after being moved from its original location in 1922.

Friday, July 22, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun Series kicks off this year’s YOUth Fringe Festival with original bluegrass music by the Okee Dokee Brothers!

Raised in Denver, childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing moved to Minneapolis and started their indie music band for kids, the Okee Dokee Brother

Inspired by their own backyard adventures, the Okee Dokee Brothers currently perform original music that reminds audiences of their own “make-believes” and “tree house-pretendings.”

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Often referred to as eight years of peace and prosperity, the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was in fact an era of great scientific, social, and political changes. Some were positive, others negative—but all came at a price and greatly affected the lives of the American people.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Born to a circus-clown father, Timothy Noel Tegge began performing in the ring by age 5. Today, while still working as a clown, he also acts as a circus illusionist, ringmaster, and performance director—and is curator of the Tegge Circus Archives, a repository of circus posters and ephemera he began collecting as a child.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216.

Kansas City Star Books has partnered with the Skywalk Memorial Foundation to produce a new book — A Dance, Then Disaster: The Hyatt Tragedy and Lessons Learned.

The book explores the structural failure, the rescue efforts, and the many lessons learned—from improved first-responder techniques to revised architectural and engineering standards.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Off-the-Wall Film Series screens cult films selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Library.

Ripley’s Game stars John Malkovich as a sociopath intent on driving an innocent man to murder. Ebert describes it as “a study in evil that teases the delicate line between heartlessness and the faintest glimmers of feeling” that boasts “one of Malkovich’s most brilliant and insidious performances.” Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. Rated R. (110 min.)

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