Previous Special Events

Monday, June 15, 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 14, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Art of Quilting

Judith Trager discusses the art of contemporary quilting and the quilts in the Don’t Fence Me In exhibit on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, June 14, 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.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

On Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the magic of Gene Hernandez of Imagine! Magic Productions is sure to amaze in a program full of tricks and audience participation.


Saturday, June 13, 2009
Recommended reading:
Biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln

Nearly 150 years after she went to Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln remains one of our most controversial First Ladies. She was vivacious, flirtacious, and prone to fits of temper yet charming and ambitious. Join Westport and Fashion Historian, Bonnie Hansen, as we take a look at Mary Todd Lincoln's life, her love for Lincoln, and the fashions of the day through the use of Historical Photos and Period Clothing.


Friday, June 12, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m., children’s musician Thaddeus Rex will Read Like a Rock Star at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A PBS veteran and award-winning songwriter, Thaddeus Rex’s unique brand of high octane music and contagious enthusiasm has been hailed by the Washington Post as “part Monty Python, part Dr. Seuss” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a sincere celebration of reading.”


Thursday, June 11, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The University of Missouri-Kansas City English Department welcomes Hilda Raz and Hadara Bar-Nadav for reading and a discussion of their poetry. Hilda Raz is a professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her books include Trans and The Best from Prairie Schooner: Fiction and Poetry. Hadara Bar-Nadaz’s book of poetry, A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, won the Margie book prize in 2007.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

To mark the grand opening of the H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Central Library, join us for a public conversation with Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block. Conducted by Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library, the program takes place on Thursday, June 11, at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Recommended reading:
Andrew Johnson

Author and historian David O. Stewart discusses his new book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Farm Life Memoirs

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Michael Perry for a presentation based on his book Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.