Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Monday, August 17, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.

Sunday, August 16, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Civil War in Missouri

Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia was located in Lafayette County, which contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.

Robert W. Frizzell describes the Civil War-era conflicts surrounding Concordia on Sunday, August 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Friday, August 14, 2009
1:00pm @ Waldo Branch

The Kansas City Public Library will be one of the scheduled stops on the The Wimpy Kid Ice Cream Truck Tour, Friday, August 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th Street. The tour is to promote Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the fourth book in the New York Times best-selling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Please note: This event time has been changed to 2 p.m. We regret any inconvenience.

Saturdays at Central closes the summer with Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove on August 8, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The Library will rock with songs, dancing, and fun from Kansas City’s favorite kid-rocker.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Recommended reading:
Nell Donnelly Reed

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

Saturday, July 25, 2009
3:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Your house just might be a tangible piece of Kansas City history. Gain the tools to coax your home into telling its tale on Saturday, July 25, at 1 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

Saturday, July 25, 2009
12:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Dino O’Dell kicks off the 2009 Youth Fringe festivities with a 10:30 a.m. performance on Saturday, July 25, in the Truman Forum at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

O’Dell has staged several performances at the Kansas City Public Library and at locations throughout the Kansas City area and across the country.  He will perform songs from his latest CD, Itty Bitty Monsters, as well as many other crowd favorites.

Friday, July 24, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun rolls through the summer with an eclectic mix of family entertainment. On July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Littleague presents Original Hip Hop for Kids.

Thursday, July 23, 2009
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes the chamber music ensemble Summerfest for two "informances" on Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.  Each "informance" is designed to help newcomers and experienced concertgoers develop a new appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of chamber music from the Baroque era to the present day.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kansas City's culinary style has been a matter of discussion since Sarah Coates, wife of mover-and-shaker Kersey Coates, complained about the food in the 1850s. But restaurant life in Missouri's raucous Cowtown didn't really begin to boom until the 1930s, during the Great Depression. During the economic highs and lows of the next seven decades, there have always been good places to dine in Kansas City, including legendary venues such as the Forum Cafeteria, Bretton's, Eddy's, Putsch's 210, and the Savoy Grill.

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