Previous Special Events

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Bach Aria Soloists presents Notes & Letters: The Music and Words of Master Composers at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The performance will include Artistic Director/violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, soprano Rebecca Lloyd, and guests Beau Bledsoe on guitar and Jane Solose on harpsichord.


Thursday, March 5, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Marcus Garvey

On Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents Marcus Garvey Reconsidered, a retrospective on one of the most influential—and least-remembered—leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes music historian Karl Hinterbichler for a presentation tracing a musical tradition that connects medieval clergymen to the Beastie Boys and beyond with From Monks to Punks: Chant from the Middle Ages to the Present on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Noted Polish architect and activist Czeslaw Bielecki discusses his work and the Polish transition from communism to democracy on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources present a series of five programs in March that highlight many of the recreational offerings available in the state of Missouri.

In the first of five programs, Kevin Bolling discusses the many camping and hiking opportunities available at Missouri State Parks in a talk titled Camping in Missouri’s State Parks on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, March 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 third play in the series, The Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand, is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

In cooperation with The Kansas City Guitar Society, the Kansas City Public Library welcomes Kevin Hiatt as part of the Casual Concert Series on Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

Hiatt will perform his original fingerstyle compositions on 6-string, 7-string, and 12-string acoustic guitars. His music straddles the boundaries between the classical, folk, pop and jazz genres.


Thursday, February 26, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts the latest installment of the Cultural Surveillance series with artist Anne Harris on Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, February 26, 2009
Recommended reading:

Best-selling author Tom Clavin discusses his new book, The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat, on Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Iranian Memoirs

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes international bestselling author Azar Nafisi for a presentation based on her new book Things I’ve Been Silent About – the follow-up to the acclaimed Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – on Wednesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.