Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Sunday, March 7, 2010
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That Championship Season

by Jason Miller
Sunday, March 7, 2010—2 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Celebrate the Grand Reopening of the
Newly Renovated Lucile H. Bluford Branch

Saturday, March 6 • 10 a.m.
Ribbon cutting celebration at the Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Avenue, featuring special guest Guion Bluford -- the nephew of civil rights pioneer Lucile Bluford and America’s first black astronaut in space -- and a host of local dignitaries.

Call 816.701.3407 for more information.

Also part of the celebration:

Friday, March 5 • 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 5, 2010

A weekend of events celebrating the grand reopening of the Lucile H. Bluford Branch begins with a presentation at the Central Library by Guion Bluford, the nephew of civil rights pioneer Lucile Bluford, about his experiences as America's first black astronaut in space.

A veteran of four space missions, Bluford is an engineer and a colonel (retired) in the United States Air Force. His first mission in space was in 1983 as a member of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mark Lee Gardner discusses his new book about one of the most thrilling manhunts in Wild West history, lawman Pat Garrett’s pursuit of outlaw Billy the Kid on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Walker Howe explains how President Abraham Lincoln’s youthful obsession with self-improvement made him one of the most successful presidents in American history on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Howe will discuss how Lincoln’s program of self-education through disciplined reading, and other experiences in his young adulthood, shaped his moral character and influenced his politics and his worldview.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Demetria Martinez will discuss her journey as a renowned author, lecturer, activist, and columnist.

Among Martinez’s most notable books is Mother Tongue, based in part upon her 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. She was later found to be not guilty on First Amendment grounds. Martinez’s collection of autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, earned her the 2006 International Latino Book Award.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, poet Carter Revard will discuss his prolific body of work.

Monday, March 1, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Kansas City Public Library on Monday, March 1, with Don Dagenais presenting The Galley Years: Verdi’s Path to Rigoletto at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Dagenais will discuss how Verdi’s early career influenced his three great mid-career operas, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and La Traviata. The discussion will include audio and video excerpts.

Sunday, February 28, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The English Speaking Union’s annual Shakespeare Competition will be held Sunday, February 28, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Author and political activist Charles Hardy discusses his book Cowboy in Caracas: A North American Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A former Catholic priest, Hardy has lived in Venezuela for more than 20 years. He spent eight of those years in a shack made of cardboard and tin in one of Caracas’ barrios.

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