Previous Special Events

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Recommended reading:
Contemporary Conservatism

Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Monday, September 14, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Books on Traffic & Driving

Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Sunday, September 13, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The rich and drunken widower Ramiro allows his family to exploit him – except for his outraged brother Gregorio, who convinces his relatives that Ramiro is ruined and that the family must work to survive. Considered Luis Buñuel’s first comeback film since L’Age d’Or. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (90 min.)

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.