Previous Special Events

Friday, May 7, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Author Rita Roth discusses her book The Power of Song and Other Sephardic Tales.

The book received the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. Roth conducted research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Haifa. She was honored in March 2008 at the Library of Congress.

The book will be available for sale.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Reif Larsen discusses his debut novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, an imaginative and meticulously crafted novel about a 12-year-old genius cartographer.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Louis Armstrong was among the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century and a giant of modern American culture, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts and writing one of the finest jazz autobiographies.

In Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout draws on new sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations. Teachout is an arts columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses her book, Every Last One, an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

Author Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.

Matterhorn tells the story of Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company.  Mellas, an ambitious young reservist with an Ivy League education and a chip on his shoulder, is assigned to lead a rifle platoon of 40 Marines, most of them teenagers.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Jerry Muller discusses his new book Capitalism and the Jews, a collection of four essays examining the historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people, on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Muller will explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex, as well as ambivalent.

Sunday, May 2, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch
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Script in Hand 2009-2010

South Pacific

by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Sunday, May 2, 2010—2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Saturday, May 1, 2010

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact, or call (816) 701-3468.

Friday, April 30, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library's Friday Night Family Fun hosts singer-songwriter Mauricio Salguero to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros with a performance of Uno, dos, tres, ¡todos a cantar! Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, April 29, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

One of the leading Chicano writers in the country with 14 published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, and poetry, Luis J. Rodriguez will discuss his prolific work.

Rodriguez’s master work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., is a 1993 memoir of gang life. With more than 300,000 copies sold, this book garnered a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, and was designated a New York Times Notable Book.

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