Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Local author, educator, and historian William Worley discusses the New York Life Insurance Building (20 W. 9th St.). Regarded as Kansas City’s first skyscraper and its first building equipped with elevators, today it serves as the Catholic Center for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The 2015 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

On the eve of the 11th annual KC Fringe Festival – an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues – some of its hottest acts deliver a special preview.

From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival features an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s Fringe Fest drew an estimated total attendance of nearly 19,000.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Surveys show that the percentage of Americans with libertarian leanings—preferring to maximize individual rights and minimize the role of government—has grown by a third in the past decade.

Libertarianism has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz has written the definitive guide. In a discussion of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, an updated version of his classic Libertarianism: A Primer, he examines a movement that has gained momentum in the wake of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, chronic budget deficits, the costly war on drugs, expansion of executive-branch power, and revelations about National Security Agency abuses.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact, or call 816.701.3468.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This year’s Art in the Loop project infuses downtown with a variety of performances and installations by 20 Kansas City artists.

As the four-month series ramps up, a number of the participating artists, dancers, musicians, and poets take turns discussing their works. They are introduced by curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and creative educator currently living and working in Kansas City through the Charlotte Street Foundation’s studio residency program.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nazi Germany’s defeat of France in May and June 1940 stunned the world. How could the French, the dominant military power of the First World War, collapse so rapidly in the opening stages of World War II? Was it Germany’s boldness, advanced tank technology, and modern doctrine? Or did France’s internal societal weaknesses lead to the Third Republic’s humiliating end?

Marking the 75th anniversary of the fall of France, Mark Gerges of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the key military actions of this critical period as well as the myths that continue to surround this momentous French defeat.

Friday, June 26, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a veggie-centric love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry, and have a beautiful daughter, Rapunzel. Enter an evil witch, a foreboding tower, and a handsome prince. Of course, our heroes leave happily ever alfalfa. Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Economics needn’t be shrouded in byzantine theory and mathematical formulas. In a discussion of his new book Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics, Forbes magazine editor John Tamny takes a clear, comprehensible, real-world look at how money works – and how he says it should work.

Tamny, also managing editor of the website RealClearMarkets and a senior economic advisor to the Toreador Research and Trading investment management firm, draws from movies, sports, pop culture, and marquee businesses. The Rolling Stones, football’s Dallas Cowboys, and celebutante Paris Hilton are examples of good and bad tax policy. The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, and The Sopranos illustrate the downside of antitrust regulation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opening a five-day series of Urban Grown events—culminating in the Urban Grown Tour of urban farms and community gardens on June 27-28—a panel of community leaders explores the past decade of urban agriculture and local food in Kansas City and what the future may hold. Kansas City Star food editor and restaurant critic Jill Wendholt Silva leads the discussion. Joining her are KC Councilman Scott Wagner, Assistant City Manager Kimiko Gilmore, Cultivate Kansas City co-founder and Executive Director Katherine Kelly, Ivanhoe neighborhood Health Initiatives Manager Dina Newman, and organic farmer and food activist Brooke Salvaggio.

The reception is provided by Renee Kelly’s Harvest, The Farmhouse, and The Sundry, and beer is provided by Boulevard Brewing Company.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The role of women during World War II is little known, obscured by attention to the men who fought and led. But women were essential to the outcome. In the U.S. and Britain, they volunteered en masse, serving in non-combat roles. Soviet women joined front-line troops. French women helped replace men sent to Germany as forced laborers, joined the resistance, or became “horizontal collaborators” later subjected to punishment and humiliation after their country’s liberation.

French military historian Dominique François examines these unknown soldiers, whose participation and support helped the Allies win the war. The presentation is part of the Eisenhower 125 series co-presented by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home with support from the W.T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee.

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