Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Watch and listen as Kansas City jazz greats come to life. Chuck Haddix discusses the musicians portrayed in The Fine Art of Jazz exhibit on display April 10 - May 23 at the Central Library. A jam session featuring Jim Mair’s quartet and some of the legends pictured on the walls follows Haddix’s talk.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Professor Gregory Aldrete explains how the largest city in the ancient world dealt with the perpetual threat of flooding and what we can learn from Rome’s experiences on Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Sunday, April 11, 2010
4:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The English Speaking Union is hosting the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor from Westminster College, Fulton, MO.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library presents Tommy Diaz performing Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic Show on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.       

Friday, April 9, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kid-cool rock 'n' roll band The Doo-Dads, a quartet of four dads and veterans of the Kansas City music scene — Mike Niewalk, Matt Kesler, Ken Lovern, and Joe Gose — deliver a high-energy live show with the fun and excitement of a rock concert for children of all ages.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

David Laskin discusses his new book about 12 European immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of livelihoods, and ended up fighting with the American armed forces in World War I on Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lately, schools and colleges everywhere in the United States have been discarding studies in the humanities as if they were idle luxuries and excess baggage, according to noted editor and author Lewis Lapham. He argues this policy is ill-advised. Instead, Lapham suggests that no other set of studies is more necessary for realizing a future that doesn’t look like a Hollywood disaster movie.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts popular, award winning children's author Andrew Clements on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. for the kick off of his new series of books titled, Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda introduces Kansas City’s 2010 Big Read selection—Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping—on Tuesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill marks the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a skeptical analysis that looks past the headlines and delves into the pages of history on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

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