Previous Special Events

Monday, June 7, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.

Sunday, June 6, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Helix architect Reeves Wiedeman discusses the recent renovation of this structure and offers historical highlights of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the unique shape of which has made it an architectural favorite.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Challenge with an exclusive after-hours Glee Party. Currently the No. 1 rated television show among teen audiences, Glee is a musical comedy-drama series that focuses on a high school glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School. The series follows an optimistic teacher who—against all odds, and a malicious cheerleading coach—attempts to help a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential.

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.

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