Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Kansas City Art Institute’s Milton Katz presents Making Creativity Dance: A History of the Kansas City Art Institute on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Sunday, February 21, 2010
1:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Searching the Psyche through Cinema series returns with Billy Elliot, a film about the son of a British coal miner who is intent on studying ballet and eventually pursues a prestigious scholarship – despite class resistance and general antagonism.

UMKC film professor Tom Poe and psychoanalyst Marilyn N. Metzel will lead a post-film discussion and Q&A with Jeffrey Bentley, executive director of the Kansas City Ballet. Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

In the exhibit Pitty Patt(rn), artists Garry Noland and Cory Imig visually interpret—and re-invent—language, patterns, and ideas about the natural world using a variety of media, from acrylic paint on wood panels to duct tape and National Geographic magazines. According to Noland, "Our most basic human attitudes mimic the globe we live on. The waters erode the land while the land pushes back the water. Each requires the other for definition. Similarly, the alphabet requires space between the letters.

Friday, February 19, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Local storyteller Brother John performs Songs of the Black Pioneers, a tribute to African American trailblazers such as Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to fly on a space shuttle, and Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Marshal.

Brother John has developed more than 120 thematic stories and programs.

Can't make this event? You can also attend at 10 a.m. on February 11, 2010 at Central Library. Click here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

 Educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms hold the most promise and why on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The Bonfire recounts the battle for Atlanta, known then as “the Gate City of the South,” during the summer of 1864 that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and ultimately lead to the burning of the city in September 1864.

Sunday, February 14, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Are you between the ages of 12-17? Are you not a fan of Valentine's Day? If you answered "yes" to both questions, then the  Library has just the event for you: the first "Un-Valentine's Day" party. 

Attendees will enjoy such "Un-Valentine's Day" activities as creatively defacing cheery Valentine's Day cards, playing games, and feasting on "bleeding heart" cookies. There will also be a movie.

Sunday, February 14, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts an ensemble performance of an original multimedia production called Schumann in Love on Sunday, February 14, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.    

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poet and griot Kwabena Dinizulu presents Aesop to Hip Hop—a collection of fables, folk tales, poetry, and proverbs. Aesop to Hip Hop addresses subjects critical to character development and cultural understanding.

Dinizulu is a critically acclaimed, nationally known performance artist. He has performed for more than two decades.

Friday, February 12, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, Kansas City's favorite kids' rocker, performs songs about family, friends, and love in honor of Valentine's Day.

Cosgrove is a Kansas City native who currently resides in Prairie Village with his wife and two daughters. "Mr. Stinky Feet" performs more than 300 shows around the country each year.

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