Previous Special Events

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews Langston Hughes, portrayed by Charles Everett Pace, as part of the Library's Meet the Past series on Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Monday, April 6, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
10 Military Memoirs

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers discusses his memoir Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Sunday, April 5, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library presents Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey on Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Love in the Land of Dementia is an intergenerational and inspirational performance that explores such complex issues as loss and change, flexibility and acceptance, and the difficulty of connecting with loved ones who have Alzheimer's disease. These stories offer insight, information, and hope to families, friends, and caregivers.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Recommended reading:
Modern Dance

On Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., renowned dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage will talk about her career at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Recommended reading:
Spartacus & Roman Gladiators

Spartacus and the insurgency he led against Rome are emblazoned on the public consciousness – due in no small part to Kirk Douglas’ portrayal in the epic 1960 film – and leaders from such diverse ideologies as Vladimir Lenin and Ronald Reagan have hailed his leadership and warrior spirit.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources present a series of five programs in March that highlight many of the recreational offerings available in the state of Missouri.

In the final program, Jim Rogers discusses trout fishing opportunities in Missouri in a multi-media talk titled Trout Fishing in Missouri’s State Parks on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
8:30pm @ Waldo Branch

A series of town hall meetings are scheduled at various branches of The Kansas City Public Library throughout March, in an effort to elicit information from community members regarding the future direction of the Library.

The Library seeks participation from patrons and non-patrons alike. Discussion points of particular interest are general Library services, breadth of the collection and media formats, online accessibility and provisions, along with customer expectations of DVD, CD, and best-seller collections.

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Recommended reading:
Tibetan Buddhism

In cooperation with the Rime Buddhist Center, the Kansas City Public Library welcomes a touring group of Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India for construction of a sand mandala—a weeklong process that starts on Sunday, March 29—in Kirk Hall at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Sunday, March 29, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Storyteller, conservationist and fiddler Michael Fraser will interpret the history of the great Ozark Highland forests on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.