Previous Special Events

Saturday, April 25, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

Neil Fleming, the Fulbright-Robertson visiting professor of British history at Westminster College, presents a talk titled Churchill and Ireland on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Friday, April 24, 2009
12:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m., the Walt Bodine Show, featuring the Kansas City radio icon, will broadcast live from the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. 

Bodine and special guest host and noted local radio personality, Chuck Haddix, will discuss recently re-discovered interviews conducted by Bodine with notable figures such as Robert F. Kennedy, Werner von Braun, Kansas City Mayor Ilus Davis, and many more.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Recommended reading:
Technology & Society

Author Dalton Conley discusses his latest book Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

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.