Previous Special Events

Saturday, January 9, 2016
11:00am @ Plaza Branch

Football holds a natural appeal to America’s emerging Polynesian population, whose warrior heritage fits a sport noted for stunning athleticism and on-the-field violence. The documentary In Football We Trust spotlights the connection, following four young Polynesian players in Salt Lake City, Utah — a chief source of the modern influx of Pacific Islanders into the NFL — as they strive to overcome gang violence and near-poverty through the promise of college and professional football. It’s seen as a pipeline to the American Dream.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

College graduates last May held an unenviable distinction: They left school deeper in debt than any class before them. Those who’d taken out student loans owed, on average, a little over $35,000, more than doubling the amount of two decades earlier.

In a discussion of their new book, William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis examine the dilemma of young people beginning their careers with a negative net worth. The two University of Kansas professors call, in part, for states and the federal government to establish savings accounts for students during their childhood rather than awarding thousands of dollars at the end of high school – a move they say would promote dramatically different behavior and saving strategies for families.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City's Shane W. Evans, who has earned national acclaim as the illustrator of more than 30 children's books, joins actress, model, and singer Holly Robinson Peete in a discussion of their heartwarming picture book My Brother Charlie.


Sunday, January 3, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Celebrate the new year a day and a half early! Young ones who can’t stay up ‘til midnight can enjoy their own countdown to 2016 during this morning of games. Appropriate for ages up to 8 years old.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kids can show off their food-based architectural skills by building a graham cracker house (like a gingerbread house, only with graham crackers) during a morning of holiday crafts and games. Non-holiday crafts will also be available. Appropriate for ages up to 8 years old.


Saturday, December 12, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

Young and aspiring makers are invited to a day of digital building and storytelling.

Activities include 3-D design and building, stop motion animation, LEGO construction, and recreating several local landmarks in Minecraft. Participants of all skill levels have five hours to complete a project, guided by representatives from the Library’s Department of Youth & Family Engagement and Kansas City Digital Media Lab, Science City, Urban TEC, and aSTEAM Village. Made possible by the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. Ages 9-18.


Friday, December 11, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Piccadilly Productions delivers a sweet, family-friendly show featuring Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues. All ages.


Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Everyone has a reader in their life, even if that reader is you.

In a first-of-its-kind event the Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Readers’ Services, Kaite Stover, hosts librarians from across the Kansas City area in a discussion of great reads that make great holiday gifts. The program features experts in popular genres including fantasy, young adult, crime fiction, classics, and nonfiction. Whether you are looking for book ideas for yourself or to give as Christmas gifts, you’re sure to find something with the help of librarians who are trained to make recommendations based solely on readers' tastes.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

As Jen Mann notes, her nationally popular blog is called "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" and not "Rainbows and Unicorns." So it’s no surprise that her take on Christmas isn’t all warm and sugary. But it’s drop-dead hilarious.

The suburban Johnson County, Kansas, wife, mother, and best-selling writer gives the holiday season her inimitable spin in a discussion of her new book Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers and Other Seasonal Scourges.


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