Previous Special Events

Saturday, June 5, 2010

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact, or call (816) 701-3468.

Friday, June 4, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Summer Reading program kick-off party with local kid rocker favorite, Funky Mama, a.k.a. Krista Tatschl Eyler.

The music is a bold, straightforward, energetic style. Along with programs and activities, Summer Reading rewards kids with prizes for reading all summer long.

Thursday, June 3, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

New York-based writer Elizabeth Bettina, discusses her book It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

It Happened in Italy tells the amazing story of how thousands of Jews in Italy were saved during World War II.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter discusses his new book The Promise: President Obama, Year One on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Promise is the first detailed examination of President Barack Obama’s first year in office and offers an insider’s look at Obama’s decisions and accomplishments.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Ben Wildavsky discusses his new book The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World on Tuesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Great Brain Race examines the growing international competition for the world’s brightest minds a trend Wildavsky contends should be welcomed, not feared.

Friday, May 28, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The chamber music ensemble Summerfest celebrates its 20th season with the world premiere of a composition by Ian Coleman, in keeping with its concert-season theme "Voices from the Land: Reflections on Identity."

Coleman's compositions—including a setting of the Langston Hughes poem "Dreams"—have been featured globally in prominent concerts. He is a professor of music theory and composition at William Jewell College. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Veteran journalist James McCommons discusses his new book that is equal parts travel narrative, personal memoir, and investigative journalism.

McCommons explores how the country may move passenger rail forward in America—and what role government should play in creating and funding mass-transportation systems. Against the backdrop of the nation’s stimulus program, he explores what it will take to build high-speed trains and transportation networks, and when the promise of rail will be realized in America.

The book will be available for sale.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Shirley Christian presents an original talk on Carrie Westlake Whitney, librarian and director of the Kansas City Public Library from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Henry Adams unfolds a poignant personal drama that provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the 20th century when he presents his book, Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.

Friday, May 21, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series for EbertfestKC, showing films or formats he believes deserve wider attention.

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