Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Before Kansas City developed a jazz scene, ragtime was the music of choice. Many important ragtime composers hailed from Kansas City, which was often described as the "cradle of ragtime." The pioneering E. Harry Kelly worked for local music publisher Carl Hoffman when he wrote his first hit song, Peaceful Henry. Charles L. Johnson was working for the same company when he sold one million copies of his Dill Pickles Rag (1910).

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Professor Farquar's "Great American Medicine Show" is an authentic re-creation of one of the 19th century's most popular diversions; presenting traditional toe-tapping tunes, incredible magic, plus lots of laughs and audience participation. A special feature of the Medicine Show is Polecat Annie. She gives hands-on instruction in rope twirling, plate spinning, Victorian amusements, Indian games and palm reading.

Friday, November 13, 2009
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Its Ruby Booker’s birthday and we’re gonna have a party! Local author Derrick Barnes will be here to talk a little about the popular series.  We’ll also have a DJ spinning the Booker family’s favorite tunes. Plus, there will be yummy cupcakes for everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Octarium, the Kansas City-based choral music ensemble, marks the release of its fourth album, Modern Masters, with a lively performance and presentation exploring the State of Choral Music in an American Idol Age on Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Andrew Smith discusses his new book, chronicling 30 major events that helped shape contemporary American cuisine.

Eating History is a collection of essays – on topics ranging from Cracker Jacks to Rodale’s organic gardening – intended to shed light on how the modern American diet became what it is today.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Recommended reading:
Staff Picks: Chinese Economy

Economist Zachary Karabell discusses his new book Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It.

China's emergence as an economic superpower is widely recognized, but that is only one aspect of the story. Over the past decade, the Chinese and U.S. economies have fused—and this new dynamic to the superpower relationship will determine whether the coming decades witness increased global prosperity or greater instability.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a "compelling novel (that) will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Metro Sports hosts a town hall to mark the one year anniversary of the release of CityBall, a documentary following the lives of high school athletes in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

Many of the student-athletes and coaches featured in CityBall will be joined by Kansas City School District officials to discuss the impact the documentary has had on the people, the schools, and the community. The town hall will be filmed and later broadcast by Metro Sports on Time Warner Cable.

Sunday, November 8, 2009
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Related Events:
Script in Hand 2009-2010

The fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library's Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre opens the 2009-2010 season, named American Classics, with the Lillian Hellman play, The Little Foxes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Recommended reading:
Berlin Wall

To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev led to Reagan's famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech and the end of the Cold War.

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