Previous Special Events

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kansas City’s Mark English was a top magazine illustrator for more than four decades, his work appearing in TIME, Sports Illustrated, Redbook, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. The former Hallmark artist in residence also has designed 13 stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.


Saturday, July 2, 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.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RSVP: 816.701.3400

Local attorneys Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday afternoons each month, April through June.


Monday, June 27, 2016
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.


Monday, June 27, 2016
(All day) @ Plaza Branch

Enter the untamed world of Dav Pilkey – creator of George, Harold, and the super-powered Captain Underpants – through this imaginative, 16-foot “pop-up book” created by team at Kansas City’s interactive The Rabbit Hole.
On display at other Library locations:

Tuesday, July 5 - Sunday, July 10 | L. H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.
Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 17 | Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Monday, July 18 - Sunday, July 24 | Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Library’s 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances concludes with an original Shakespeare-inspired production – a collage of readings of some of the Bard’s greatest texts, scene enactments, and images of text from the First Folio. Created by Karen Paisley, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s producing artistic director, the production highlights popular and well-known passages while flushing out older, more obscure ones, introducing and reintroducing Shakespeare in a visceral and exciting way.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The book we know as the First Folio wasn’t given that title by the two Shakespeare colleagues who posthumously published his plays in 1623. Its formal name, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, is more functional, laying out genres for the 36 collected plays – like a TV channel offering varying types of movies.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Was the Bard an old-school Jay Z?

Shakespeare’s theatre isn’t as far removed from modern-day hip hop as you might think. Both represent energetic and inventive forms of expression, featuring poetry, wordplay, and lyricism. Both deal with what it is like to be human, with real issues in people’s lives.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

Saro Korso – aka Korso the Curious – delivers breathtaking magic and big laughs, moving from disappearing and reappearing objects to mental mysteries, from classical illusion to the unexpected.


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