Previous Special Events

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Related Reading:
Crimes of the Century

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes bestselling author Howard Blum for a discussion of his book American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century on Tuesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009
10:00am @ Central Library

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, history will be made when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.

Beginning at 10 a.m. the inauguration will be screened in Helzberg Auditorium of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. as well as the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, history will be made when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.

Beginning at 10 a.m. the inauguration will be screened in Helzberg Auditorium of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. as well as the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, January 18, 2009
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Related Reading:
Kansas City Mob

The legend of organized crime in Kansas City tells of racketeering and money-laundering presided over by often colorful mob bosses.

Bill Ouseley presents the real story of combating and prosecuting organized crime in Kansas City on Sunday, January 18, at 2 p.m.at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. This presentation draws from his 21-year career with the FBI Organized Crime Squad. Ouseley is author of Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family, 1900-1950.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

In the latest installment of the Kansas City Public Library’s General Knowledge series, Brigadier General Edward Cardon, deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, speaks on Leadership in Challenging Times on Thursday, January 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author and historian Michael Elliott discusses his new book Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer on Wednesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Andrew Smith discusses Hamburger: A Global History on Tuesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, January 11, 2009
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn gives the January talk in the Library’s Second Sundays with KC Columnists series on Sunday, January 11, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

On Saturday, January 10, at 2 p.m. the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., plays host to Yurtfolk as it presents its debut CD, Anyone Can Sing, a family-friendly folk mix of get up and dance songs, lullabies, and Spanish-language songs.


Friday, January 9, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

One of this decade’s most celebrated children’s authors, Kate DiCamillo, discusses her book, The Tale of Despereaux, on Friday, January 9, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Known for books such as Because of Winn Dixie (a Newbery Honor book) and The Tiger Rising (a National Book Award finalist), DiCamillo solidified her place among the elite in the children’s literary world with The Tale of Despereaux. The 2004 Newbery Medal award-winning book was made into a major animated motion picture released in December 2008.