Previous Special Events

Saturday, September 4, 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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Amy Barickman discusses her new book based on the wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken, a pioneer in the field of "domestic arts," on Thursday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Author and former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias discusses his new mystery novel Danse Macabre, the second book featuring violin pedagogue and amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus.

When beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon, his young African- American rival is tried and ultimately sentenced to death, in part due to Jacobus’ testimony. As evidence surfaces that the wrong man was convicted, Jacobus is dragged back into the case and sets out to discover the truth.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Katie Armitage explores how survivors of Quantrill’s Lawrence Raid rebuilt their lives, their town, and memorialized their experiences. 

William Clarke Quantrill’s Missouri guerrillas raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863, killing 180 men. Women lost husbands, children lost fathers, and fathers lost sons. The survivors who remained were determined to rebuild. Newcomers brought industry and innovation. The University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) grew into major institutions.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Rosemary Herbert discusses A New Omnibus of Crime, a collection of short stories she co-edited with the late Tony Hillerman, the award-winning author best known for his Navajo Police mystery novels, on Thursday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Restaurateur Carl DiCapo tells the history of Kansas City’s iconic eatery, Italian Gardens, on Sunday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Friday, August 20, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series, presenting a cross section of his favorite films called EbertfestKC.

Friday, August 20, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a special Mad Science show: Bugs, Habitats, and Hives Oh My!

Children will be introduced to all kinds of fun and zany experiments revolving around our insect friends as they witness amazing “Ant-ics”, take part in a queen bee game, and learn about insect defenses and the different habitats where our many-legged friends live.

The event is co-sponsored by Powell Gardens in conjunction with its Big Bugs exhibit running through October 3.

Thursday, August 19, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary on slavery in Missouri based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The film features commentaries by scholars Jimmy Johnson, Diane Mutti Burke, Antonio Holland, and Harriet Frazier.  The screening will be followed by a discussion including Jenkins, Johnson, and Kevin Wilmott, associate professor at KU.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

 Former Kansas City Star editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed to two Star legends, founder and publisher William Rockhill Nelson and founder of The Star’s women’s news department Nell Snead on Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

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