Previous Special Events

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Recommended reading:
Jesse James: American Outlaw

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in June with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be taped in upcoming months. The series will air during 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 veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.


Monday, June 29, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Thrillers for Teens

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Faye and Aliza Kellerman for a discussion of their novel Prism on Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, June 29, 2009
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Earliest Sitcom, a series of programs celebrating one of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedies.


Sunday, June 28, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Women in Architecture

The women architects who helped shape Kansas City neighborhoods and beyond are the subject of the second season of They Built Kansas City, a series examining the work of architects responsible for some of the city’s most recognizable structures.

All programs in the series begin at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, June 26, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The third season of the Script-in-Hand series of stage performances, presented by the Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, wraps up with The Devil and Daniel Webster on Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
1920s-30s America

Gary Pomerantz talks about his new true- crime book set in Kansas City, The Devil’s Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age, on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, June 22, 2009
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Earliest Sitcom, a series of programs celebrating one of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedies.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

In 1917, as the U.S. entered World War I, Isaac Katz turned a challenge into an opportunity. A wartime decree prohibited stores from staying open past 6 p.m. – peak hours for the Katz brothers’ tobacco store near Union Station in Kansas City. Only pharmacies could remain open in the evening. Katz found a retired pharmacist and hired him right away, saving the business and launching a new era – the chain of Katz drug stores.


Sunday, June 21, 2009
Recommended reading:
Eating Locally

Season Burnett discusses sustainable methods for buying, making and growing food in Kansas City on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St. in Independence.


Saturday, June 20, 2009
Recommended reading:
Eating Locally

Veterinarian Charlotte Clifford-Rathert discusses Farm Animals in the City on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Irene H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway St.