Previous Special Events

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

For nearly 50 years Josephine Marcus Earp was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp, the legendary hero of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. As an independent 19th-century woman she was a real-life forerunner of True Grit’s fictional Mattie Ross.

Author Ann Kirschner explores the life of this frontier femme, a flamboyant Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent whose life is a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and romance.


Sunday, September 22, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The country duo Granville Automatic performs songs from An Army Without Music, a recording project in which each song is inspired by a Civil War battle. And since they are appearing on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, Vanessa Denae Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins will debut their new song about that confrontation.

Olivarez was in the Top 12 of the 2003 season of American Idol and starred in the Canadian stage production of Hairspray. Elkins was a grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Together they have released the albums Granville Automatic and Live from Sun Studio.


Saturday, September 21, 2013
12:00pm @ Central Library

Two times a year members of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie hold an open session where members of the public may join professional artists in painting in the great outdoors. The next such session will be held on the Central Library’s Rooftop Terrace.

“En Plein Air” means “in plain air,” and founder Robert Bingaman calls the process “invigorating, amusing, and rewarding … I think we’ve quietly and consistently done something wonderful for Kansas City. We have highlighted our city’s civic landmarks and we have reminded citizens that any street corner is worthy of painting.”


Friday, September 20, 2013

Part of the 2013 Off-the-Wall Film Series featuring comedies starring Kansas City native Paul Rudd. George and Linda (Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) have given up on life in the Big Apple. En route to a new job, the uptight couple find themselves staying in a latter-day hippie commune where both the sexuality and the bathroom doors are wide open. With Justin Theroux, Alan Alda. This title is recommended for adult audiences only.


Friday, September 20, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Nancy Lewis and Anne Mallinson discuss the challenges American families faced during the Civil War era. Lewis and Mallinson are both graduates from the University of Missouri, retired educators and life-long Missouri residents. Children will be able to dress up in period attire provided by the Wornall House and make rag dolls.

The event is appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

An estimated 225,000 adults in Kansas City are denied some of the simplest and most important moments in life because they cannot read.

To celebrate the joy of literacy the Library hosts the fifth annual Power of Reading: A Celebration of the Written Word. KCPT’s Nick Haines emcees. Adult students from Literacy Kansas City share their stories. And local writers – among them The Recipe (featuring Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “337” Jones), Chato Villalobos, Grace Suh, and Judith Fertig - discuss the power of reading in their lives.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Few Supreme Court decisions have stirred up as much controversy, vitriolic debate, and even violence as 1973’s Roe v. Wade, which affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion. Peter Charles Hoffer examines the lasting impact of this landmark decision, its historical background, core issues, essential personalities, and key precedents.

Hoffer is distinguished research professor of history at the University of Georgia.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

In an impoverished and terrorism-plagued region of the Philippines, 13 teenagers accepted a challenge: to master their culture’s traditional instruments and perform in a life-altering concert. These young musicians tell their stories and show excerpts from Rise and Dream, a documentary about their experiences. Also on hand is Kansas City’s Barclay Martin, the film’s musical director.

The documentary captures the efforts of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a lay Catholic organization working independent of any diocese or the Vatican to serve the poor in 22 countries.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.