Previous Special Events

Friday, February 19, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Local storyteller Brother John performs Songs of the Black Pioneers, a tribute to African American trailblazers such as Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to fly on a space shuttle, and Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Marshal.

Brother John has developed more than 120 thematic stories and programs.

Can't make this event? You can also attend at 10 a.m. on February 11, 2010 at Central Library. Click here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

 Educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms hold the most promise and why on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The Bonfire recounts the battle for Atlanta, known then as “the Gate City of the South,” during the summer of 1864 that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and ultimately lead to the burning of the city in September 1864.

Sunday, February 14, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts an ensemble performance of an original multimedia production called Schumann in Love on Sunday, February 14, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.    

Sunday, February 14, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Are you between the ages of 12-17? Are you not a fan of Valentine's Day? If you answered "yes" to both questions, then the  Library has just the event for you: the first "Un-Valentine's Day" party. 

Attendees will enjoy such "Un-Valentine's Day" activities as creatively defacing cheery Valentine's Day cards, playing games, and feasting on "bleeding heart" cookies. There will also be a movie.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poet and griot Kwabena Dinizulu presents Aesop to Hip Hop—a collection of fables, folk tales, poetry, and proverbs. Aesop to Hip Hop addresses subjects critical to character development and cultural understanding.

Dinizulu is a critically acclaimed, nationally known performance artist. He has performed for more than two decades.

Friday, February 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, Kansas City's favorite kids' rocker, performs songs about family, friends, and love in honor of Valentine's Day.

Cosgrove is a Kansas City native who currently resides in Prairie Village with his wife and two daughters. "Mr. Stinky Feet" performs more than 300 shows around the country each year.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Author John Brewer discusses his new book The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The American Leonardo traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – allegedly the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and illuminates the workings of the 20th century art market and the questions surrounding art attribution.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War: The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Fox 4 News Film Critic Shawn Edwards for a panel discussion on Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance? on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

This panel discussion draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.