Previous Special Events

Friday, April 15, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Attend an 1800s-era tea party! Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War-era attire and will teach the proper way to hold your cup, stir your tea, use your napkin, and other tea “rules.” Children, ages 6-10, will enjoy tea and cookies while using their new skills.

Let’s Have Tea! is part of a series of programs in coordination with the John Wornall House Museum to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the influence and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Three authors with more than 50 published books between them sit down for a candid discussion of the publishing industry on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

A Screening of the Documentary Who Does She Think She Is? to be shown at
The Kansas City Public Library

Sunday, April 10, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Shortleaf Band with Michael Fraser presents a concert featuring original and traditional music from the Civil War. One of Missouri’s most acclaimed musical groups, the band has conducted extensive research into Civil War-era music and composition techniques, and has performed at various Civil War re-enactments as well as at the John Wornall House Museum. Shortleaf has its roots in the Ozarks, but is now based in Kansas City. The band’s core includes fiddle, flute, and guitar.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Greg Hurd introduces his documentary, From Separate to Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers, a collaboration with Kevin Willmott.

Scheduled to air on KCPT in April, the documentary tells the history of Kansas City’s black health care pioneers and their efforts, which eventually led to the integration of several health care systems that formed Truman Medical Centers.

Co-sponsored by Truman Medical Centers and Kansas City Public Television.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Through colorful costumes, dramatic backdrops, and world-class musicians and dancers, Shen Yun is recognized as one of the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music companies.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

International relations scholar John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago discusses his new book, Why Leaders Lie, a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ending an excruciating period of uncertainty and marking the start of the most destructive war ever waged on American soil—the Civil War.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the battle at Fort Sumter, historian Ethan Rafuse of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on the nation.

Monday, April 4, 2011

This August Wilson drama examines the many avenues of success denied by segregation while tackling issues of masculinity, morality, and betrayal.

This encore performance of Fences will be performed by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

Kansas City Public Library Beta