Previous Special Events

Thursday, April 30, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Old School Related Reading

A National Endowment for the Arts initiative, The Big Read returns to Kansas City in April 2009 to bring readers the Tobias Wolff novel Old School.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Recommended reading:
Presidential Power

On Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Gene Healy presents his book The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews President Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Ray Starzmann, as part of the Library’s Meet the Past series on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, April 27, 2009
Recommended reading:
Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

Author and historian Lynne Olson discusses her new book Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, April 26, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
The Space Race:
10 Biographies

On Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Monique Laney, the 2008 recipient of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities, presents a talk titled How German Rocket Engineers Became Americans in Huntsville, Alabama.


Saturday, April 25, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

Neil Fleming, the Fulbright-Robertson visiting professor of British history at Westminster College, presents a talk titled Churchill and Ireland on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, April 24, 2009
12:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m., the Walt Bodine Show, featuring the Kansas City radio icon, will broadcast live from the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. 

Bodine and special guest host and noted local radio personality, Chuck Haddix, will discuss recently re-discovered interviews conducted by Bodine with notable figures such as Robert F. Kennedy, Werner von Braun, Kansas City Mayor Ilus Davis, and many more.


Thursday, April 23, 2009
Recommended reading:
Technology & Society

Author Dalton Conley discusses his latest book Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Old School Related Reading

A National Endowment for the Arts initiative, The Big Read returns to Kansas City in April 2009 to bring readers the Tobias Wolff novel Old School.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Recommended reading:
Teach for America

Tom Bloch and the University Academy have joined the Kansas City Public Library to host a series of thought-provoking presentations by national experts titled What Works in Urban Education.

Teach For America Founder and Chief Executive Wendy Kopp discusses her book One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.