Previous Special Events

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, examines the foundations of the world’s greatest cities, from the modern metropolis to the ancient polis, in conversation with Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III.

The Fall 2010 issue, dubbed the The City, includes writing from Jane Jacobs, Italo Calvino, Charles Babbage, and Samuel Pepys. The event marks Lapham’s second appearance at the Library. The first was in April 2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-nominee David Eisenhower discusses his new book Going Home to Glory.

When President Eisenhower retired, he remained the leader of the Republican Party and continued to be interested in public policy. His counsel, however, was rejected by President Kennedy, he considered Barry Goldwater unqualified, and he could only watch as the Vietnam War divided the nation. In the book, David Eisenhower offers an account of his grandfather’s life during those years.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich on Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. (Please note: the original date of this event has been changed from Monday, November 15, 2010 at the author’s request.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Revolution of 1910 was a landmark chapter in Mexican history. It ushered in a disruptive and often violent period that brought about the social  transformation of a largely rural society governed by an autocratic regime into a modern nation dedicated to pursuing social justice.

Monday, November 15, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Since the publication of the best-selling Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, Ted Kerasote has received thousands of e-mails asking two questions: “Have you gotten another dog?” and “Are you writing a new book?” Pukka: The Pup After Merle answers both in the most heartwarming way.

The book charmingly tells the story of how Kerasote found Pukka and recounts the early days of their bonding. Their adventures culminate in a wilderness journey that reveals something new about the dog-human partnership.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A corrupt colonel inadvertently endangers the life of his estranged son after he takes a bribe in exchange for the freedom of a notorious revolutionary who faces death by a firing squad. Not rated. (76 min.)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes U.S. Appellate Judge Deanell Reece Tacha for a discussion of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area on Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Leeny  Del  Seamonds, the  2002  National  Storyteller  of  the  Year and the recipient of the 2005 Storytelling World Winner Award, performs a concert titled Ay Caramba!

Del Seamonds is an internationally acclaimed performer of Latino stories. Known for animated, interactive performances, she urges listeners to feel positive about themselves and cultural diversity.

The show is suitable for ages 4 and older and encourages audience participation.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II will host Coffee with Cleaver as part of the grand opening festivities of the Health & Wellness Center. 

Friday, November 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun hosts children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares to speak about his book Henry Aaron’s Dream.

Described as a captivating biography, the book tells the story of a young Aaron living in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like an impossible dream of playing major league baseball. Tavares details Aaron’s sandlot days all the way through his time playing in the Negro Leagues up to his first spring training game with the Braves.

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