Previous Special Events

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.


Friday, February 13, 2009
10:00am @ Central Library
Recommended reading:
Filipino Americans

The Kansas City Public Library opens the exhibit Singgalot (The Ties That Bind): Filipinos in America, from Colonial Subjects to Citizens on Saturday, February 21, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

On the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday, the Library welcomes Dr. Wes Jackson for a discussion titled Lincoln and the Homestead Act: An Attempt at Democracy or Manifest Destiny? on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
The Food We Eat

The Kansas City Public Library hosts food policy expert Marion Nestle for a presentation called Red Scare: China and the New Global Food System on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Local railroad historian Peter Hansen discusses Lincoln’s role in the rise of American railroads on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.