Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Friday, June 10, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Coloradan Neil McIntyre—aka Mr. Kneel—delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun.
Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

From ancient times to today, people have loved nothing more than to listen to a well-told story, a tall tale, a good yarn. Indeed, the spirit of the bards of old continues to thrive.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Central to life in the U.S. is the principle that ours is the land of opportunity. But over the last quarter-century, a disturbing “opportunity gap” has emerged. Hard work brings less, if any, guarantee of success, and acclaimed humanist and scientist Robert D. Putnam makes a case that the American dream is imperiled.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

When librarians in a township in northern France began wondering late in 2014 whether their centuries-old book of Shakespeare’s works might be a rare copy of the First Folio, they put in a call one of the world’s greatest authorities on the subject. Eric Rasmussen traveled to St. Omer, examined the beat-up book, and made the verification.


Monday, June 6, 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 6, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

Nearly four centuries after its publication, one of the world’s rarest and most valuable books – the first collection of William Shakespeare’s plays – comes to Kansas City.


Saturday, June 4, 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.


Friday, June 3, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

There may be no better way to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare than through a production of his enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Colorful and lively, it involves magic, fairies, mistaken identities, and plenty of action.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Begin your First Friday outing at the Library with two gallery stops, live music, and more!

CHASING WEATHER
Genevieve Guldner Gallery, 1st Floor
The arresting, severe-weather photography of Stephen Locke is paired with the poetry of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

SHAKESPEARE: SETTING THE STAGE
Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery, 2nd Floor


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

His comedies, histories, and tragedies have been performed worldwide for more than 400 years, but William Shakespeare’s personal life remains something of a mystery. In a special installment of the unique, Emmy Award-winning series Meet the Past, the famed playwright – as portrayed by Kansas City actor Mark Robbins – sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a probing, public conversation about his life and celebrated body of work.The presentation will be recorded by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.


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