Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes architecture critic Ulf Meyer to discuss Cities of the Pacific Century on Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Meyer will discuss his experiences touring prominent Asian mega-cities—such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta—that have given rise to the notion of the 21st century as "The Century of the Pacific."


Wednesday, August 26, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and UMKC’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, presents the panel discussion Women, Girls, Ladies: Continuing the Conversation on Wednesday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Recommended reading:
Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in 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 local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.


Monday, August 24, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
High School Football

Kansas City native Joe Drape presents his book, Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen, on Monday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, August 21, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library

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.

The series continues with Donnie Darko (2001) on Friday, August 21, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Thursday, August 20, 2009
Recommended reading:
War & Visual Media

National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Recommended reading:
Annie Chambers: Kansas City Madam

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in 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 actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.


Monday, August 17, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.


Sunday, August 16, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Civil War in Missouri

Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia was located in Lafayette County, which contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.

Robert W. Frizzell describes the Civil War-era conflicts surrounding Concordia on Sunday, August 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Friday, August 14, 2009
1:00pm @ Waldo Branch

The Kansas City Public Library will be one of the scheduled stops on the The Wimpy Kid Ice Cream Truck Tour, Friday, August 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th Street. The tour is to promote Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the fourth book in the New York Times best-selling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney.