Previous Special Events

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The second and final Harry's Front Porch Forum focuses on Preparing Today's Kids for Tomorrow's Jobs: What Should Our Community Do?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Supreme Court

Author Bob Levy makes the case that the judiciary has actually represented one of the greatest threats to American freedom as he discusses his new book The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

Monday, October 12, 2009

An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.

Monday, October 12, 2009

In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library offers its annual Food for Fines Week from October 12 through October 18, 2009.

During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undam­aged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location in exchange for a one dollar reduction per item in existing overdue fines. Only overdue fines will be eligible for this reduction in Library account balances.

Sunday, October 11, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

A humble priest, Nazarín shares the misery of the needy that live near the small town of Chanfa in the early 1900s. After protecting a prostitute responsible for starting a fire that destroys a hostel, Nazarín is forced to flee the town. While traveling, his own actions cause conflicts that go against his vision of Christian charity. Winner of the Grand Prix International at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (95 min.)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Experience the world of William Bent, fur trapper and trader with Kansas City connections as portrayed by John Atkinson.

Saturday, October 10, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley presents her first book for young readers, The Georges and the Jewels.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

Friday, October 9, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Award-winning illustrator—and now author—Shane Evans presents his new children's book, Olu's Dream.  Olu's fantastical dreams, where he discovers monsters, takes a ride on a whale, and speeds through space with his teddy bear, inspire him to use his imagination at any time of night or day.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Robert Wallace, the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, discusses his new book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

Spycraft tells the story of how technology that would not appear in the public marketplace until decades later was often used to further the American intelligence-gathering cause. The book traces the development of spy gear from secret writing and bugging devices to subminiature cameras and covert internet communications.