Previous Special Events

Saturday, September 12, 2009

On Saturday, September 12, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Saturdays at Central features Paul Mesner Puppets presenting Anansi Returns.


Thursday, September 10, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

During one of the most inhumane times in world history, Adolph Hitler’s attempt to murder all of Europe’s Jews almost succeeded. Chief among the reasons that the savage goal fell short was the work of brave non-Jews who sheltered their fellow citizens. On Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., authors Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn present the stories of everyday heroes from their book They Were Just People.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts author and journalist Richard Wolffe for a discussion of his latest book Renegade: The Making of a President on Wednesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

American Studies scholar Norman Yetman presents Voices from Slavery: The Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narrative Collection on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.  


Wednesday, September 2, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Second International Conference on Minimalist Music, in conjunction with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, presents composer and artist Mikel Rouse in a discussion and screening of his films Funding (2001) and Music for Minorities (2004) on Wednesday, September 2, at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Historian Jerrold Hirsch leads a presentation called Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project, examining the lasting value derived from this government program on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Recommended reading:
John Brown: Abolitionist

Production for the Meet the Past television series concludes in September with a final program taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.


Monday, August 31, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.


Sunday, August 30, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Truman Legacy series returns to The Kansas City Public Library, featuring Sam Rushay and Tom Gerend as they examine Harry Truman the Road Builder: A Look Forward from 1920 to 2040 on Sunday, August 30, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes architecture critic Ulf Meyer to discuss Cities of the Pacific Century on Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Meyer will discuss his experiences touring prominent Asian mega-cities—such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta—that have given rise to the notion of the 21st century as "The Century of the Pacific."