Previous Special Events

Sunday, June 21, 2009

In 1917, as the U.S. entered World War I, Isaac Katz turned a challenge into an opportunity. A wartime decree prohibited stores from staying open past 6 p.m. – peak hours for the Katz brothers’ tobacco store near Union Station in Kansas City. Only pharmacies could remain open in the evening. Katz found a retired pharmacist and hired him right away, saving the business and launching a new era – the chain of Katz drug stores.

Saturday, June 20, 2009
Recommended reading:
Eating Locally

Veterinarian Charlotte Clifford-Rathert discusses Farm Animals in the City on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Irene H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway St.

Friday, June 19, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library

The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion written by film editor Scott Tobias.

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Recommended reading:
Eating Locally

On Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture presents the kick-off event for the 2009 Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour with the panel discussion, Food From the City, For the City.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Craig Santos Perez for a talk and reading from his new collection from Unincorporated Territory on Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Alice Hoffman Read-Alikes

New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman discusses her new book, The Story Sisters, on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Monday, June 15, 2009
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Earliest Sitcom, a series of programs celebrating one of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedies.

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Art of Quilting

Judith Trager discusses the art of contemporary quilting and the quilts in the Don’t Fence Me In exhibit on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Sunday, June 14, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Women in Architecture

The women architects who helped shape Kansas City neighborhoods and beyond are the subject of the second season of They Built Kansas City, a series examining the work of architects responsible for some of the city’s most recognizable structures.

Saturday, June 13, 2009
Recommended reading:
Biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln

Nearly 150 years after she went to Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln remains one of our most controversial First Ladies. She was vivacious, flirtacious, and prone to fits of temper yet charming and ambitious. Join Westport and Fashion Historian, Bonnie Hansen, as we take a look at Mary Todd Lincoln's life, her love for Lincoln, and the fashions of the day through the use of Historical Photos and Period Clothing.

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