Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In the new series Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle, journalists covering the nation’s capital offer an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, the ebb and flow of power, and the challenges facing our country today.

David Von DrehleTime magazine’s editor-at-large and a Kansas City resident – holds a public conversation with Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen. Allen is creator of the influential daily news digest Playbook and “the man the White House wakes up to,” in the words of The New York Times Magazine.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

In the 1950s and ‘60s, Kansas City was a heavily segregated town. African-Americans were limited even in which city facilities they could use. For instance, black citizens were permitted to have picnics at just one spot in the city’s parks system: at Shelter No. 5 in Swope Park, widely known as “Watermelon Hill.”

Local historian Joelouis Mattox discusses this era in the city’s racial past.


Friday, July 12, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Paul Mesner Puppets celebrates 25 years of outstanding puppet shows with a presentation of “The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard.”

Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Established in 2005, the Kansas City Fringe Festival has grown into a 10-day celebration of theater, visual arts, film, dance, and music. This year’s edition runs from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 28, 2013, at dozens of venues around the city. You can get an advance look at what’s in store for festival audiences at the Fringe Festival Preview.

Refreshments provided by Minsky’s Pizza. This event is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Fringe Festival.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

When it opened 40 years ago, Kansas City International Airport and its three-terminal design was hailed as the most convenient airport in the country. But with changing times and new security demands, is it time for a new facility? A panel of experts discusses whether it’s time to build a new KCI.

This is the third of four public forums in 2013 examining current municipal issues. Up next: the economic border war between Kansas and Missouri (on October 17, 2013).


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.


Friday, June 28, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This two-piece, nationally known kids’ band puts on a fun family concert full of funky tunes so interactive that everyone gets to be part of the act!

The band has been mentioned in Time, People, and Parents magazines. You can hear their two number one hits on SiriusXM Kids Place Live and listen to them on the NPR show Car Talk.

Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Artist Glen Hansen presents and discusses the more than three dozen drawings and paintings that make up his show opening June 27 in the Library’s Guldner Gallery. Subjects range from historic turn-of-the-century structures to the modern TWA Building and the iconic Town Topic Hamburgers.

A teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Hansen early on became fascinated by the details of ornate Victorian houses. Among his works are many focusing on the architecture of Prague, Paris, and Venice.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The slave Dred Scott claimed that his residence in a free state transformed him into a free man. When the Court decided otherwise, the ruling sent shock waves through the nation and helped lead to the Civil War.

Earl M. Maltz discusses his book Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery and argues that the case revealed a political climate that had grown so threatening to the South that overturning the Missouri Compromise was considered essential.