Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Recommended reading:
Walt Disney: American Icon

Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in May with two programs filmed before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be filmed in June and July. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) in fall 2009.


Monday, May 4, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library offers a musical retrospective of the works of celebrated Czech composer Rudolf Friml during a program led by music historian William Everett on Monday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, May 3, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In the third season of the Script-in-Hand series of stage performances, the Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre present the John Kander and Fred Ebb classic, Chicago.

The fourth play in the Law & Literature series is scheduled for Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

On Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at the L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., the Library and the Black Health Care Coalition screen two parts of the documentary series, Unnatural Causes. Boxed lunches will be provided between screenings of In Sickness and in Wealth and Place Matters.


Friday, May 1, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., local author Andrea Warren presents her recently released nonfiction book for young adults Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg.


Thursday, April 30, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Old School Related Reading

A National Endowment for the Arts initiative, The Big Read returns to Kansas City in April 2009 to bring readers the Tobias Wolff novel Old School.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Recommended reading:
Presidential Power

On Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Gene Healy presents his book The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews President Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Ray Starzmann, as part of the Library’s Meet the Past series on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, April 27, 2009
Recommended reading:
Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

Author and historian Lynne Olson discusses her new book Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, April 26, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
The Space Race:
10 Biographies

On Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Monique Laney, the 2008 recipient of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities, presents a talk titled How German Rocket Engineers Became Americans in Huntsville, Alabama.