Previous Special Events

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The first-ever meeting of a national coalition of lesbian and gay leaders took place in Kansas City in 1966.

What preceded such activism? How has the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community evolved? Answers are found in the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, which is discussed by a panel of local experts: Stuart Hinds, Miller Nichols Library; David Jackson, Jackson County Historical Society; and Christopher Leitch, Kansas City Museum.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.


Sunday, June 19, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch hosts its annual Kansas City Architecture series, focusing this year on antebellum homes in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Eric Bushner, vice-president of community and government relations for James B. Nutter & Company, discusses the history of the Nathan Scarritt Home — the oldest frame house still standing in the Westport area — located at 4038 Central St.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The Off-the-Wall Film Series screens cult films selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Kansas City Public Library.

Dark City takes place in an artificial community where humans are test subjects whose memories are wiped daily. Ebert describes it as “not only a beautiful film, but a gorgeous one.” Starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connolly, and William Hurt. Rated R. (107 min.)


Friday, June 17, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun hosts an informative, creative, hands-on program that will help children learn about who lived in Missouri during the Civil War era.

The program focuses primarily on Chinese, African, and Mexican children in Missouri in the mid-1800s. A discussion will take place about the reasons each culture chose to immigrate to Missouri. The program includes games from the Civil War era and ends with a craft.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Fourth Biennial Urban Farms and Gardens Tour, a week-long showcase of urban agriculture across the Kansas City metro area, kicks off with a presentation by author, farmer, and food system activist Michael Ableman.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews renowned Kansas City entrepreneur Gail Lozoff, marking the official start of the Library’s Kansas City—Cradle of Entrepreneurs series.

Lozoff is a third-generation entrepreneur whose innovation and creativity has positioned her as one of Kansas City’s most influential business persons of the past 30 years.

The co-founder of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Lozoff is best known for creating Bagel & Bagel, a local chain she sold to Boston Market that eventually became Einstein Bros. Bagels.


Sunday, June 12, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Children, ages 8-12, are invited to create art with Kansas City artist Lynus Young, who leads the interactive program inside the Art Spot of the Plaza Branch. Various art supplies are provided.

The event complements Young’s exhibit, Vapor DEVA, on display in the Guldner Gallery of the Central Library through June 19, 2011.


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.


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