Previous Special Events

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Recommended reading:
Abraham Lincoln: Life & Legacy

A panel of military historians from the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College discusses Lincoln’s leadership traits as commander in chief on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Canedy presents her book, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor on Wednesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Equal parts poignant and tragic, A Journal for Jordan serves as a history lesson for a son taught by the father he will never meet.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library hosts film critic Shawn Edwards for a presentation on The Manifestation of the Black Hero on Screen on Wednesday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

This presentation draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film as heroes who face injustice while overcoming racist clichés and stereotypes. 


Monday, February 2, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

An expert on national security issues, Dr. D. Robert Worley discusses The Evolution of the National Security Council: Truman to Present on Monday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, February 2, 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 1, 2009

In the third season of the Script-in-Hand series of stage performances, the Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre present Law & Literature, a collection of the most memorable legal dramas ever written.

The second play in the series, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, is scheduled for Sunday, February 1, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Thursday, January 29, 2009
Related Reading:
Women in Art & Comics

On Thursday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Nancy Goldstein discusses her biography Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist.


Thursday, January 29, 2009
Related Reading:
The Global Economy

Many observers contend that the off-shoring of research and development to China and India threatens the foundations of Western prosperity. But acclaimed business and economics scholar Amar Bhidé asserts the doomsayers are wrong. Author of The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, Bhidé presents his thesis on Thursday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Related Reading:
Art in Missouri

Artist Billyo O’Donnell and author Karen Glines present an illustrated talk about the Painting Missouri Exhibit and their book Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pierre Laszlo discusses Citrus: A History on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.