Previous Special Events

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library and the Kansas City Museum present the history and autobiography of the Fairy Princess, a local holiday staple that has delighted children for decades.

Museum Director Christopher Leitch will explore the history of the character while Kansas City's longest reigning Fairy Princess, KKFI radio personality Carol Barta, discusses her own experiences "on the throne" at Kline's Department Store in downtown Kansas City. 

Saturday, December 5, 2009
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Friends of the Library are holding their annual Cookbook Sale on Saturday, December 5, 2009, from 10am to 4pm, at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.

We'll feature new, gently used, historic, local, regional, spiralbound, paperback, and hardcover cookbooks -- most priced at $3.00.  We'll also present a selection of "collectible" cookbooks and some suitable for gift giving, selling from $5-$15.  Also at the sale will be a variety of food- related nonfiction and fiction.

Friday, December 4, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes author Roderick Townley for a presentation based on his new book The Blue Shoe:  A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes.

Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Join Mr. Stinkyfeet, Funky Mama, Dino O'Dell, and others to celebrate the life and music of longtime Kansas City-area children's performer "Bongo Barry" Bernstein.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: The Business of Real Estate

William Poorvu was in charge of the real estate courses for 35 years at Harvard Business School where he was an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship. In his presentation Cycles, Crises and Characters in Real Estate, Poorvu will describe how the current economic crisis—wrenching as it has proven to be—was entirely predictable, driven by excess financial speculation in real estate.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews and journalist Matt Fulks discuss Matthews’ 40 years broadcasting Royals games and the current state of major league baseball.

The event will be filmed by Metro Sports. Audience questions will be encouraged.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library will hold their Booklovers Booksale Thursday through Sunday, November 19-22, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The sale will feature more than 10,000 sorted items, including fiction, non-fiction, collectibles, art books, DVDs, audiobooks, videos, CDs, and foreign language paperback fiction. Most items will be priced from 50 cents to $3.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Piloting a bomber nicknamed "Bottoms Up" during WWII, Lee Lamar was shot down over northern Italy on this day 65 years ago. Hit not once but twice, the plane veered out of control and crashed in Croatia. Lamar was the last crewman to parachute away, landing in the hands of German soldiers, who sent him to a POW camp for the final six months of the war.

In 2007, Lamar returned to Croatia to visit the site of his bailout and capture, upon invitation of a Croatian archaeological team that had recovered the remains of "Bottoms Up."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: James K. Polk & the Mexican War

The Library’s Presidential Series continues when Robert W. Merry discusses his new book about James K. Polk, one of the most controversial—and arguably one of America’s most successful single-term—presidents.

Monday, November 16, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: Robert Altman: American Filmmaker

Mitchell Zuckoff joins a discussion of his new book Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, which presents the visionary director in a cinematic biography that is told in an Altmanesque chorus of voices. 

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