Previous Special Events

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."


Wednesday, August 26, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and UMKC’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, presents the panel discussion Women, Girls, Ladies: Continuing the Conversation on Wednesday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Recommended reading:
Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs 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.

Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.


Monday, August 24, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
High School Football

Kansas City native Joe Drape presents his book, Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen, on Monday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, August 21, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library

The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.

The series continues with Donnie Darko (2001) on Friday, August 21, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Thursday, August 20, 2009
Recommended reading:
War & Visual Media

National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Recommended reading:
Annie Chambers: Kansas City Madam

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs 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.

Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.