Previous Special Events

Thursday, June 9, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Twenty-four elite area high school singers under the direction of Simon Carrington hold an open rehearsal in preparation for a performance alongside the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.

The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers is a world-class music ensemble based in Kansas City. Under the artistic direction of Carrington, founding member of the King’s Singers, the SCCS is made up of 24 choral singers from across North America.

The SCCS sponsors a high school master class ensemble, providing high school students the opportunity to work together under Carrington’s direction.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Author Victoria Christopher Murray discusses her new novel The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil — the story of a couple struggling to find their way amidst corruption, betrayal, and the ultimate temptation.

Evia and Adam have been in love since high school, but things become difficult when Adam loses his job and they find they cannot support their family of five on Evia’s salary as an executive assistant.

The couple have no idea what to do until Evia’s boss, Shay Shaunte, makes a proposition that sends their world spinning out of control.

Sunday, June 5, 2011
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

David Meyers, a professor of medicine- cardiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, presents a discussion on Medicine in the Civil War.

Meyers is a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons. For more than 25 years, he has lectured on Civil War medicine. In his presentation, Meyers examines the surgical techniques used during the war as well as the predominance of disease as a cause of death.

Sunday, June 5, 2011
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Reception: 2 p.m. • Presentation: 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Author René Colato Laínez
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Sunday, June 5, 2011
1:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion: How to Select and Effectively Use Bilingual Books
1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.: Art and Writing Workshops for kids under 12.
3 p.m.: Latin American Folktales

Co-sponsored by Latino Writers Collective with assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

>The Kansas City Public Library hosts the Latino Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2011, and Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Saturday event begins at 2:30 p.m. with the key note speech titled, From Immigrant Child to Published Author: Dreams Come True by bilingual children’s author René Colato Laínez. A 2 p.m. reception will precede his presentation.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
11:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch hosts a Bike Safety Event for the whole family.

The event features a panel of local bicycle enthusiasts addressing various issues such as preparing for a bike event, bike commuting, and more. There will also be two Kansas City, Missouri police officers on hand to discuss bike safety and rules of the road.

BikeSource and Family Bike will offer free bike check-ups. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza will provide a complimentary lunch.

Saturday, June 4, 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, June 3, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Summer is finally here! Come help us celebrate by signing up for the Summer Reading Program. Rockin Rob will be here to keep our toes tapping and our hands clapping.

Rockin Rob brings a traditional and original style of children’s music, mixing Folk/ A Capella/ Oldies/ Blues/ Freestyle/ Doo Wop/Gospel/and Rock and Roll. Educating and interacting with children through the benefits of music, movement, storytelling and FUN is not only a passion, but a mission.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author and National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu discusses his new book Whatever Gets You Through the Night, an irreverent and deeply funny retelling of the Arabian Nights.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A panel of experts from Kansas and Missouri discusses ongoing efforts to develop MetroGreen—a system of nature areas, greenways, and trails—with an emphasis on the more than 200 miles that have already been constructed and are open to the public. Once completed, the network will stretch 1,144 miles.

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