Previous Special Events

Friday, December 20, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Homemade gifts make the best holiday giving, but you might not know how to get started. The Plaza Branch staff is here to help your kids with crafts to give others or keep for themselves.

Supplies will be provided. Parents are asked to stay with their children to assist.

Appropriate for all ages.

Friday, December 13, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Grab your little ones and celebrate the traditions of a Victorian family Christmas.
Wornall House staff members fill the evening with storytelling, parlor games, carols, and a fun history lesson on the origins of Victorian Christmas traditions.

There also will be a beautiful holiday sleigh available as a setting for family or individual photographs.

Appropriate for all ages.

Sunday, December 8, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre Artists read from favorite children's books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to "jump into the story" and participate in an improvised story of their own making.

Appropriate for all ages, Dramatic Story Time programs take place one Sunday each month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2013-2014 school year, beginning October 6, 2013.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

By 1940, Kansas City authorities had finally deposed “Boss Tom” Pendergast. In the spring of that year, teams of laborers from the Works Progress Administration began a months-long effort to produce Jackson County’s first systematic property tax assessment.

Part of their job was to photograph every taxable structure in the county. Many of those photos survive in the Missouri Valley Special Collections.

Local historian John Simonson traces the project and presents fascinating examples from this remarkable photographic record from 1940.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City’s Shane W. Evans, who has earned national acclaim as the illustrator of more than two dozen children’s books, will discuss his latest work, Chocolate Me!, at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Experience the true spirit of the holidays. Kansas City’s own StoneLion Puppet Theatre brings Santa's workshop to life with intricate marionettes and a charming, larger-than-life dollhouse that opens to reveal a reenactment of Clement C. Moore's famous poem, “The Night Before Christmas.”

StoneLion Puppet Theatre, a professional touring company based in Kansas City, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time magazine’s David Von Drehle and Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan discuss When Fashion Meets Power in the sixth and final offering of the 2013 Dateline: Washington series.

As fashion critic for The Washington Post and now Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Givhan has generated controversy about what politicians wear, saying of one Hillary Clinton outfit, “Just look away!” She criticized Vice President Dick Cheney for wearing a green parka: “I don’t want to be represented by someone … who looks like he’s at a Green Bay Packer game.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Even in death, Britain’s “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher, divides and polarizes.

Victor Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kansas, examines Thatcher’s political career, from leader of the Conservative Party to becoming the first female and longest-serving Prime Minister of the last century.

Looking at her efforts to transform an ailing economy, roll back the frontiers of the state, and bring trade unionism within the rule of law, he asks: What was Thatcherism? Was it good or bad for Britain? And how will Margaret Thatcher be rated as a prime minister?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Players in today’s National Football League are bigger and faster than ever — and that means devastating collisions on the gridiron. The health issues confronting these Sunday gladiators — from concussions to blown-out knees, and the medical care provided them after they retire from the game — are explored by CBS Sports Network’s Roger Twibell and a panel of experts.

Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson (now chairman of USA Football), former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, and three-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Conrad Dobler look at the complicated issue of player health from both personal and institutional points of view and discuss the sport's future in the face of these safety concerns.

Sunday, December 1, 2013
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

For a follow up to his groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney needed something special. He found it in Pinocchio. It may be the best animated film of his career, one that is hugely satisfying simply as a children’s fantasy but which works on levels way beyond a grade schooler’s grasp.