Previous Special Events

Saturday, October 24, 2009

An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Join award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer on Saturday, October 24, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., to discover the five elements of every good story and how these elements interact to create emotion in an audience.

Short, family-friendly clips from blockbuster movies illustrate the basic techniques used to inspire, teach, and convince. You may never watch a film or read a book the same way again. For 14 years old and up. Admission is free.

Friday, October 23, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Seville Committee of the Sister City Association of Kansas City, Missouri presents classic guitarist Pedro Navarro.

Born in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, Navarro began studying guitar at age 6 as part of the Sociedad Artística Nulense. Studying with Manuel Babiloni at the Castellón Professional Conservatory of Music, he earned a professional guitar degree when he was 16.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
George Washington:
Recent Books

Bestselling historian John Ferling inaugurates the Library's Presidential Series with a talk based on his newest book, The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Historian Ron Smith discusses his new book Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General.

Smith takes readers back to Bleeding Kansas, with its border ruffians and land speculators, to show how Thomas Ewing Jr. and his family played pivotal roles in the history of Kansas, Missouri, and the nation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
History of Israel

The husband-wife team of historians, Allis and Ronald Radosh, presents the book A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel.

Monday, October 19, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The At Ease with Opera series returns for a program in support of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s November production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

Monday, October 19, 2009

An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Investigative journalist Richard Serrano tells the story of his grandfather’s murder and its cover-up—with links to political boss Tom Pendergast and other colorful characters.

A drunk living on Kansas City's skid row, James Patrick Lyons was arrested 80 times for public intoxication. On the night of his last arrest, he was taken to the city jail and held in solitary confinement. The next morning he was dead. Officials said it was natural causes—yet they could not explain his broken neck.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Metropolitan Community College of Maple Woods presents Stories Rooted in Life: the 10th Annual Storytelling Celebration. Both beginners and advanced storytellers can sharpen skills, share their latest yarn, and settle in for a good listen. For more information, visit

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