Previous Special Events

Friday, May 6, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Students from Community School #1 perform poems and songs from the album Free to Be…You and Me, compiled by Marlo Thomas in 1972. This empowering event encourages children to think about endless possibilities and unleash their creativity.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

The PBS documentary series Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Reshaped a Nation chronicles the rich history and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. The Library screens the episode Empire of Dreams, covering the period from 1880-1942, when an influx of newly immigrated Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans began arriving and building strong communities in our country.


Thursday, May 5, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

John Hay and Samuel Clemens grew up some 50 miles apart along the Mississippi River and became acquainted early in their respective careers – Hay as private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, Clemens as a writer who would gain fame as Mark Twain.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Alexander von Humboldt was, in his time, one of the most interesting men in the world.

The 19th-century explorer and naturalist climbed volcanoes and raced through anthrax-infested Siberia, and his scientific discoveries changed the way we see the natural world. He noted similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change, ushering in modern environmentalism.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From modest attendance of 120 at its first service held in 1990 in the chapel of a local funeral home – the Rev. Adam Hamilton has nurtured Kansas City’s Church of the Resurrection into the largest United Methodist church in the nation, serving more than 20,000 members across four campuses. It expects to open a new, visually striking, $90 million sanctuary in Leawood, Kansas, by next Easter.


Sunday, May 1, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre artists read from Peter Brown’s story of individuality and self-expression, revolving around an all-too-dignified tiger who sheds his starched collars and top hats to loosen up and “be … wild.”

Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Clarina Nichols died more than a quarter-century before Kansas became the eighth state to grant women the right to vote in 1912. But the dedicated reformer – a transplanted New England journalist – was instrumental in the breakthrough, breaking the taboo of speaking up at male-dominated gatherings, signing petitions, and flexing political muscle decades earlier.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Winston Churchill wasn’t overtly religious. But he subscribed to divine destiny, telling a classmate at age 16 that he foresaw a day when “London will be attacked … and in the high position I shall occupy, it will fall to me to save the capital, to save the Empire.”

Providence, he believed, guided his every step to save “Christian civilization.”


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stephen Locke and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg find beauty in bad weather – in thunderstorms and tornadoes, wall clouds and shelf clouds, spectacular displays of lightning and supercells inspiring equal parts apprehension and awe. Locke, a photographer from Roeland Park, Kansas, has gained national renown for the images he has captured while chasing storms across the Midwest. Mirriam-Goldberg, who served as Kansas’ poet laureate from 2009-13, complements those photos with verse.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Everyone is susceptible to implicit bias – unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that affect judgments about others based on their race, ethnicity, appearance, and other characteristics. Research into this vital area of social cognition has drawn increased interest in the wake of racially charged events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore.


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