Previous Special Events

Friday, July 10, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Friday Night Family Fun welcomes the return of The La La's.

After a well received holiday performance in December, the local duo of Jill Simpson and Whitney Coulson are back for the dog days of summer with a highly anticipated encore.

Simpson and Coulson write tunes to promote fun, self-esteem, and individuality for children of all ages.

Thursday, July 9, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes the chamber music ensemble Summerfest for two "informances" on Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.  Each "informance" is designed to help newcomers and experienced concertgoers develop a new appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of chamber music from the Baroque era to the present day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Related exhibit:
Visions of the Universe

Related films:
Cinema Across the Universe

Participate in the International Year of Astronomy when Dr. Steven Hawley—astronomer, astrophysicist and astronaut—presents Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Recommended reading:
Battle of Gettysburg

A panel of military historians will discuss the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

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.