Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Friday, October 9, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Award-winning illustrator—and now author—Shane Evans presents his new children's book, Olu's Dream.  Olu's fantastical dreams, where he discovers monsters, takes a ride on a whale, and speeds through space with his teddy bear, inspire him to use his imagination at any time of night or day.


Thursday, October 8, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Being Latino in America: Our Present and Future is a groundbreaking panel discussion designed to tell the diverse stories of a rich culture.

The discussion will reflect the triumphs and turmoil as well as the diversity of people in the culture.

Panelists from various Latin ancestries with diverse backgrounds and professions will discuss several issues ranging from political influence on elections to societal stereotypes to whether or not English should be the only language spoken in classrooms.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Robert Wallace, the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, discusses his new book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

Spycraft tells the story of how technology that would not appear in the public marketplace until decades later was often used to further the American intelligence-gathering cause. The book traces the development of spy gear from secret writing and bugging devices to subminiature cameras and covert internet communications.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Recommended reading:
Memoir Writing

Thomas Larson, author of The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative, discusses the rise in popularity of the modern memoir and offers tips on how aspiring writers can find a niche in the challenging genre.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Civil War Era Novels

Author Robert Hicks presents his historical novel, A Separate Country.

Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army – and one of the most tragic figures.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Robert Hemenway for a discussion called Jump at the Sun: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston on Tuesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, October 5, 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.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographer Jessica Lang presents the first of three programs brought to the Library by the Kansas City Ballet. The series features luminaries in the field of dance and is being held in conjunction with the company's 2009-2010 season.

Lang will stage a production of her Splendid Isolation III for the Kansas City Ballet's fall performance at the Lyric Theatre, October 15-18. The dance is new and includes music by Gustav Mahler.


Monday, October 5, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

David Atkinson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City presents Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama.

During the last 65 years, the appointment of Supreme Court justices has developed into one of the most controversial and divisive constitutional responsibilities of a U.S. president.


Sunday, October 4, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

When they find out that the 133 tram is being retired from service, Caireles and Tarrajas decide to steal it. During the night they serve an eclectic group of people that include a couple of nuns, a teacher with his students, and some rake workers. The next morning, Caireles and Tarrajas try to take the tram back, but they are faced with the obstinacy of Papá Pinillos, an inspector who insists on turning them in to the authorities. In Spanish with English subtitles.  Not Rated. (90 min.)