Previous Special Events

Sunday, July 31, 2016

From its early days as a cowtown – a jumping-off point to the West and shipping center for meat and wheat – Kansas City not only grew into a Midwest manufacturing and commercial hub. It also blossomed into a cultural center. During a time of rapid change in popular music, the sounds of military marches gave way in the city to syncopated ragtime and lively jazz.


Saturday, July 30, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Jane Austen remains famous today for Pride and Prejudice and other novels in which she reflects on the life of the British land gentry at the end of the 18th century. Critics often say she did so at the expense of more meaningful commentary on the politics of the day.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.


Friday, July 29, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mad Science of Greater Kansas City activates an interactive Rube Goldberg machine – an over-complicated contraption that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task. In this case, it’s to get you to open a book. Great for all ages!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Join us for a screening of the documentary Design Disruptors, in which viewers enter the world of more than 15 industry-toppling companies – valued at more than $1 trillion combined – with one unifying advantage: The transformative power of design.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Many Americans see life in Cuba in black and white terms, as either a David-vs.-Goliath story of survival over nearly 50 years or constant oppression by a Communist dictatorship.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.


Thursday, July 21, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Michael S. Neiberg, a history professor and Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, goes inside the conference in a discussion of his book Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe. It won the Truman Library Institute’s 2016 Harry S. Truman Book Award.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, features 25 temporary artworks and performances in Oppenstein and Ilus Davis parks and at stops along KC’s new streetcar route.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities introducing them to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).


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