Previous Special Events

Friday, August 21, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.

The fate of the world lies in the hands of a couple of truant air-guitar enthusiasts whose partnership is destined to bring about world peace. Bill and Ted might just save the future—if they can pass high school history class. They have the ultimate study aid, though: a time-traveling phone booth. Starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves.

Friday, August 21, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Sparking the imaginations of children in the Kansas City area since the summer of 2002. Students and adults will have a great time learning the science behind levitation, invisibility, camouflage, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City boasts a largely unrecognized importance in the history of the advertising business. Even before 1900, advertising “agents” were emerging and gathering into a professional group, and by 1902 had organized into a club – very possibly the first Ad Club in the nation.

Kansas City, through its entrepreneurial heritage, has been a bastion of independent agencies and major brands, including TWA (whose iconic building Barkley now inhabits), Guy’s Potato Chips, the Rival Crock-Pot, the McDonald’s Happy Meal (courtesy of Bernstein-Rein), and many more.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Bestselling author and former Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski discusses his new book about the most remarkable rivalry and (eventual) friendship in modern golf.

The first time they met, at an exhibition match in 1967, Tom Watson was a 17-year-old high school student and Jack Nicklaus, at 27, was already the greatest golfer in the world. Tom revered Jack. Jack barely knew who Tom was. But over the next 20 years they battled again and again for championships, a place at the top of the sport, and the title of greatest living golfer.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Journalist and local historian Cindy Higgins presents an illustrated talk about the brewers and breweries of early Kansas, their role in fostering a sense of community within the state’s German enclaves, and their surprising legacy among today’s beer aficionados.

As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers followed and set up their strange contraptions – “mash tuns” and “wort kettles.” The manufacture of beer was as much art as craft during a time before out-of-state competition, temperance societies, and state prohibition laws killed the budding industry. Kansas boasted more than 90 breweries, fixtures in German communities. Leavenworth had at least six operating at one time in the 1850s.

Friday, August 14, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The event is now at capacity and RSVPs have been closed.

Join us for an evening of interactive art!

Drawing is a fundamental skill that can—and should—be learned by all children. The Young Rembrandts® method teaches drawing while developing visual learning skills that give children ages 3 1/2 to 12 an academic advantage in the classroom.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Former Library of Congress Chief Executive Officer Donald Scott discusses his new memoir Recipient of Grace.

Scott’s story begins as a poor black youth growing up in Hunnewell, Missouri, and concludes with his term as chief operating officer at the Library of Congress. In between, he recounts his service in the U.S. Army and the undercurrent of racial tensions.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Travel the world without leaving Kansas City.

Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Bobbi Baker discusses efforts to re-brand Independence Avenue as Kansas City’s International Market Place.

Independence Avenue is home to a number of ethnic grocers, jewelry and apparel stores, and some of the best restaurants in Kansas City; but many outside of the Northeast have never heard of them, let alone visited.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Author Pete Dulin is joined by the Library’s director of programming and marketing Steven Woolfolk, and representatives from local breweries Torn Label and Big Rip for a discussion of the local beer scene and Dulin’s book KC Ale Trail.

KC Ale Trail offers a guide to 23 modern breweries and examines the growth of craft brewing in Kansas City and the surrounding area. Dulin also includes interviews with some of the area’s leading craft beer advocates, including Boulevard Creative Director Payton Kelly and Bier Station owner John Couture.

The event is preceded by a reception featuring samples provided by Torn Label and Big Rip.

Friday, August 7, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

After five weeks of drama classes the participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience.

Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children ages 3-17 taught by theatre instructor John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Appropriate for all ages.

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