Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The inaugural exhibition of the Orval Hixon gallery, Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon, opens on Wednesday, January 27, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The opening will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. presentation from author and photography expert Dr. David Shields


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Anne C. Heller discusses her new book Ayn Rand and the World She Made, a biography of the author and philosopher best known for the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kansas City native-son Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.

The presentation complements the exhibit, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project.


Friday, January 22, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts classical music duo Silver Roots for a performance that bridges classical and world music on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

 Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation about humanities studies and the future of America's position in the world with brothers James H. and David Billington on Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

James Billington, the librarian of Congress, will discuss why the decline of humanities studies has diminished America's position in the world.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Gretchen Rubin discusses her new book The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Bestselling author Michael Gates Gill discusses his new book How to Save Your Own Life: 15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Twyla Dell discusses the rapid rise of Kansas City in its first 100 years and the role that energy played in its development on Sunday, January 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The site that would become Kansas City was founded in the Wood Age as the steamboat era began, grew to a major railroad junction 50 years later in the Coal Age and expanded into the Oil Age in the early 1900s.


Friday, January 15, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents Katie Horner and Duct Tape Dave in Weather Wise and Wonderful, a Mad Science Show on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Understand meteorologists' fascination with the clouds and explore the forces that create tornadoes during this fun and educational show. Children can even have a hair-raising experience creating their own lightning!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Economist Tyler Cowen discusses his new book Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World on Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.