Previous Special Events

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.


Monday, April 20, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Eugene Butler presents Arthur Sullivan the Composer: Hack or Genius? on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Eugene Butler is a Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild volunteer speaker and a local composer.

This program is being held in conjunction with Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

From its start in 1857, the Quindaro township—in present-day Wyandotte County—was an unabashedly free-state community surrounded by pro-slavery sympathizers. Amid this conflict, Quindaro residents forged a community based on multi-ethnic collaboration—a model for ethnic solidarity today. The unique personalities that combined to create the Quindaro Underground Railroad also bridged a seemingly insurmountable political gap with the pro-slavery town of Parkville, Missouri.


Sunday, April 19, 2009
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library continues Searching the Psyche through Cinema with a screening of Heavenly Creatures (1994) followed by an expert film discussion on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Richard Elsenpeter and the Elsenpeter Marionettes present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library hosts the annual Fifth District Congressional Student Art Competition with U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife Dianne Cleaver on Saturday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

The Cleavers will recognize all participating student artists and name the top five submissions, including the grand prize winner.


Friday, April 17, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City illustrator, Laura Huliska-Beith, presents her latest book, The Worst Best Friend.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

On Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., award-winning author Sandra Cisneros visits to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of her classic The House on Mango Street.


Thursday, April 16, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Fantasy/Mystery Novels

Author Jim Butcher discusses Turn Coat, the newest book in The Dresden Files series, on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.