Previous Special Events

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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
11:00am @ Central Library

In recognition of Preservation Week (April 24–30, 2011), the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.

On April 16, Special Collections Librarian Lucinda Adams leads a presentation on Caring for Print Photographs. On April 30, Digital Projects Manager Jordan Fields leads a presentation on Preserving Digital Images.

Friday, April 29, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun celebrates Arbor Day with a launch party titled Branching Out for Roderick and Wyatt Townley’s new publications.

Local writers Roderick and Wyatt Townley have seldom had new books released at the same time and never on the same theme . . . trees.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bestselling author Arthur Phillips discusses his new novel, The Tragedy of Arthur.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Doctor Is In, a series of one-on-one Q&A sessions with physicians and dentists, features Shadrach Smith, M.D. answering questions on subjects from weight loss to depression.

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