Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

As much an American success story as a story about America itself, the saga of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Houses is a captivating tale of entrepreneurial innovation, hard work, and resilience that left an indelible mark on our nation’s culture and history. To a surprising degree, we still live in an America of Fred Harvey’s making. But just who was Fred Harvey?


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kief Schladweiler from the Foundation Center in New York hosts two workshops intended to help not-for-profit groups and individual grant seekers find additional revenue sources on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kief Schladweiler from the Foundation Center in New York hosts two workshops intended to help not-for-profit groups and individual grant seekers find additional revenue sources on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The World’s Fairs that took place in the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s gave hope to millions and offered visions of future progress. These grand expositions showcased an optimistic, consumerist future.


Monday, May 16, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Award-winning author Mariko Nagai shares the sources of inspiration for her new book, Georgic: Stories, including Japanese folk tales and history.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story, The Rabbit and the Coyote. Using slides of illustrations by Francisco Toledo, the most important contemporary living artist in Mexico, Climaco tells the tale of how the rabbit outsmarted the coyote – which is why coyotes always look up at the moon.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

On June 8, 1966, a massive EF-5 tornado cut a 22-mile swath across eastern Kansas before smashing through Topeka.

Author Bonar Menninger recounts the events of that tragic day in his new book, And Hell Followed With It, for which he interviewed dozens of survivors to construct a tightly woven narrative that conveys in gut-wrenching detail what it’s like when nature careens out of control.


Sunday, May 15, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In association with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, re-enactors and historians will participate in an 1860s-themed fashion show. The will wear clothing of the free and enslaved, civilian and military, North and South. Kandice Walker, director of the John Wornall House, joins with other experts to discuss the significance of the apparel.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story, The Rabbit and the Coyote. Using slides of illustrations by Francisco Toledo, the most important contemporary living artist in Mexico, Climaco tells the tale of how the rabbit outsmarted the coyote – which is why coyotes always look up at the moon.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

John Curatola of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of General Curtis LeMay.


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