Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Friday, May 22, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library
Recommended reading:
Cult Films

The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.


Thursday, May 21, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Susan Reverby, the Marion Butler McLean professor in the history of ideas and professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College, presents The Infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study: What More Should We Know? on Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Historic Kansas City Foundation and Dr. Bill Worley host a walking tour of downtown Kansas City on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m., originating at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Recommended reading:
William Allen White

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in May with two programs filmed before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be filmed in June and July. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) in fall 2009.

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, May 18, 2009

On Monday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the voices of citizens will be heard in the Greater Downtown Area Plan Public Meeting.


Sunday, May 17, 2009
Recommended reading:
History of the Mormon Church

In 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issued the "Order of Extermination" that ordered the killing or removal of Mormons residing in Missouri—initiating an exodus of Latter-day Saints. Though there seems to be no historical evidence that Missouri carried out these threats, the order spurred Mormons to leave the state in search of friendlier territory.


Sunday, May 17, 2009
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library concludes Searching the Psyche through Cinema with a screening of Lolita (1962) followed by an expert film discussion on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, May 15, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In continuing the popular Friday Night Family Fun series, the Kid Corner plays host to Miles of Smiles Magic presented by Happy Faces Entertainment on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, May 14, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln

Author and historian Catherine Clinton discusses her new book Mrs. Lincoln on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

On Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the Sylvia Stoner Ensemble presents Swan Songs.