Previous Special Events

Sunday, August 11, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Architect Todd Achelpohl of infrastructure solutions firm HNTB and Jonathan Kemper, president of the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees, discuss how after a century as a financial institution the First National Bank Building at 10th and Baltimore became the Central Library.

The 2013 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.


Friday, August 9, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Wrap up your summer with a concert from one of Kansas City’s favorite family entertainers.

Jim Cosgrove, local kid rocker and Library favorite, gives a high-energy performance that carries a message that resonates with people young and old: “Hang on to the wonder of youth and love yourself, your neighbor, and the earth.”

Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, August 8, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Marketing studies have shown that, like other consumers, beer drinkers often make purchases based not just on taste, but often on the packaging and label on the bottle.

Over the last two decades Payton Kelly, creative director for Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company, has hand drawn more than 30 labels for Boulevard’s many products, creating a visual signature that is recognized wherever the products are sold. Now Kelly discusses the design and execution of his distinctive logos for products like Boss Tom’s Golden Bock, Bully! Porter, Nutcracker Ale, Dark Truth Stout, and Single-Wide I.P.A.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Following the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848, the border between the two countries remained in flux, a flexible barrier that restricted the movement of some people, goods, and animals without impeding others. In a discussion of her new book, historian Rachel St. John shows how government officials, Native American raiders, ranchers, railroad builders, miners, investors, immigrants, and smugglers contributed to the rise of state power along the border and developed strategies to navigate the increasingly regulated landscape.


Sunday, August 4, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Architectural historian & preservation consultant Cydney Millstein examines how the TWA Headquarters Building at 18th and Main streets became the home for the Barkley advertising agency. Millstein is the founder and principal of Architectural & Historic Research, LLC, the oldest cultural resources consulting firm in Missouri. She is co-author of Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Author Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City in a discussion of his new book.

The essays that make up Dragging Wyatt Earp range from memoir to reportage to revisionist history. Rebein contrasts his hometown’s Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.


Friday, August 2, 2013
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.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Over decades, Mexican film producer Jacque Gelman and his wife, Natasha Gelman, built one of the world’s most significant private collections of Mexican art.

Now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Stephanie Fox Knappe explores their treasure trove in a talk complementing the museum’s exhibit Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection on display through August 18, 2013.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Library director Crosby Kemper III holds a public conversation with NCTQ President Kate Walsh about the recently released Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation’s Teacher Prep Programs.

Once the world leader in education, the United States has slipped well into the middle of the pack. While there is no shortage of causes for America’s educational decline - budget cutbacks, poverty, crowded classrooms, and shorter school years – a prime culprit is teacher education, according to a major new study by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).


Sunday, July 28, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Bev Chapman screens and discusses her new documentary about Nawang Gombu, who became the first man to twice scale Mount Everest, pioneered a safer style of mountaineering in the Himalayas, and became a champion of Sherpa culture.

Heart of a Tiger was filmed in Colorado, Washington state, California, Switzerland, Austria, and India, and features early mountaineers like Jim Whittaker, “Bull” Kumar, and Jim Wickwire.

Chapman was for 26 years a reporter for KMBC-TV. She retired in 2010.