Previous Special Events

Thursday, February 19, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Urban Education

In part two of the What Works in Urban Education series presented by Tom Bloch and the University Academy, Jay Mathews of The Washington Post discusses his book Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America’s Best Schools.

The presentation takes place Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Improvisational comedy troupe TANTRUM is Talking Out of Turn with its unique style of long-form improv performance on Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jennifer Weber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, discusses her new book Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates the life and work of Mark Twain with Twain and His Times throughout February 2009. This program complements the Reading Missouri initiative, encouraging patrons to read Missouri writers.

Dennis Okerstrom focuses on The Inner Side of Laughter: The Humor of Mark Twain on Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Compiled by film critic Shawn Edwards, this film series offers several perspectives on the portrayal of African American sports figures as heroes who face injustice while overcoming racist clichés and stereotypes. Throughout February 2009, Our Heroes showcases some of the most important black sports movies every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, February 15, 2009
Recommended reading:
Art in Missouri

Renowned Kansas City artist Thomas Hart Benton produced drawings that ranged from detailed nature studies to spontaneous gestural sketches.

Joan Stack leads an illustrated presentation that examines the drawings of Thomas Hart Benton on Sunday, February 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Stack will discuss Benton’s diverse approaches to drawing, with particular emphasis on the study of an oak tree depicted in the painting Persephone and in an illustration for Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


Sunday, February 15, 2009
1:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library begins Searching the Psyche through Cinema – an annual film series in its fourth year – with a special screening of Vertigo (1958) on Sunday, February 15, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

On Saturday, February 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., local children’s poet and illustrator, Jenny Whitehead, presents Valentine Stew: Poetry and Chocolate.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Compiled by film critic Shawn Edwards, this film series offers several perspectives on the portrayal of African American sports figures as heroes who face injustice while overcoming racist clichés and stereotypes. Throughout February 2009, Our Heroes showcases some of the most important black sports movies every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, February 14, 2009
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

On Saturday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Mr. Stinky Feet, Jim Cosgrove, presents the Valentine’s Day Stinky Feet Love Fest.