Previous Special Events

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Award-winning author Leo Damrosch discusses his new biography, Tocqueville’s Discovery of America.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Urban forestry advocate David Nowak discusses planning efforts to advance an urban and community forest plan in Kansas City.

Nowak is a project leader for the Forestry Service at the Northeast Forest Research Station, where he has developed modeling software to quantify the benefits of urban trees – in terms of energy conservation and the impact on ground-level ozone.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Guldner Gallery at the Central Library completes its 2011 series of exhibitions that feature local talent with the artwork of Lynus Young.

Saturday, May 7, 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.

Friday, May 6, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library prepares for Children’s Book Week by recognizing the winners of the 2011 Children’s Bookmark Contest and rockin’ out to Dino O’Dell at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury.

Roger D. Launius, a senior curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, reconsiders NASA’s pioneering program, examining the origins of these first attempts to reach into space, the Cold War “space race,” and Project Mercury’s meaning a half-century later.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas native and renowned baseball statistician Bill James discusses his new book Popular Crime, an examination of murder and misdeeds throughout American history.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in1862. Now one of the most popular celebrations in the Latino community, it is an inspiration for the oppressed everywhere and an example that no army however powerful can overcome a united and determined people.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, distinguished Mexican lecturer Gregorio Luke offers a blow by blow description of the battle plus historical background on the attempt by France to turn Mexico into a colony during the 1860s in a multimedia presentation featuring period paintings, illustrations, and maps. The program takes place at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., and begins at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the waters of Long Island Sound, and disappeared. What happened was so incredible that, even when the truth was finally revealed, many Americans would not believe it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Library’s fifth Script-in-Hand season closes with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s performance of Guys and Dolls, featuring music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

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