Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources present a series of five programs in March that highlight many of the recreational offerings available in the state of Missouri.

In the third of five programs, Kathryn DiFoxfire presents a multi-media look at caving in Missouri’s State Parks in a talk titled Caving in Missouri’s State Parks on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m.at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, March 16, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

A series of town hall meetings are scheduled at various branches of The Kansas City Public Library throughout March, in an effort to elicit information from community members regarding the future direction of the Library.

The Library seeks participation from patrons and non-patrons alike. Discussion points of particular interest are general Library services, breadth of the collection and media formats, online accessibility and provisions, along with customer expectations of DVD, CD, and best-seller collections.


Sunday, March 15, 2009
Recommended reading:
Food Writing

The Cynthia Harris presentation on the life of Clementine Paddleford has been canceled due to illness.

Raised in small-town Kansas, Clementine Paddleford earned international renown for her food writings published in the New York Herald Tribune and Gourmet magazine. She wrote about revived post-war French restaurants as well as the soufflé served to Winston Churchill following his “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Missouri.

Paddleford also tended her Midwestern roots, reviewing recipes for everything from Kansas pancakes to Missouri potato salad.

Cynthia Harris leads this presentation focused on the life and work of Paddleford on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, March 15, 2009
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library continues Searching the Psyche through Cinema – an annual film series in its fourth year – with a special screening of Repulsion (1965) on Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, March 13, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In the latest installment of the wildly popular Friday Night Family Fun series, the kid-cool rock n’ roll band, The Doo-Dads, performs on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A quartet of four dads and veterans of the Kansas City music scene, Mike Niewalk, Matt Kesler, Ken Lovern, and Joe Gose deliver a high energy live show with the fun and excitement of a rock concert for children of all ages.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

In the Kansas City Public Library’s version of March Madness, noted musician Sylvia Stoner presents Melodies of Madness and Melancholy on Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Art of Writing Poetry

Poet C.D. Wright joins a panel of poetry faculty from the University of Missouri— Kansas City for a discussion of her work and the art of writing poetry on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources present a series of five programs in March that highlight many of the recreational offerings available in the state of Missouri.

In the second of five programs, Dawn Fredrickson discusses the cycling options at Missouri’s State Parks, with a special emphasis on the Katy Trail in a talk titled Cycling in Missouri’s State Parks, on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Leonardo da Vinci

Art historian Carol Inge Hockett discusses the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci in a program titled Leonardo Lessons on Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, March 9, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The date for this program has changed since the publication of our printed calendar. The new date is Monday, March 9, 2009.

Richard Byrum previews Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.