Previous Special Events

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Lady Bird Johnson was no mere White House photo prop.

The former Claudia Taylor once was described by husband Lyndon Johnson as “the brains and money of this family.” Her business acumen helped point him to the White House, and she was a steadying influence on a man noted for his moodiness and volatility. Among other accomplishments, her efforts as an environmentalist led to the Highway Beautification Act.

Author Betty Boyd Caroli examines Lady Bird’s exceptional life in a discussion of her new book Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — 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 evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Monday, November 9, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Many, if not most, Americans’ understanding of Gen. George Armstrong Custer begins and ends with his demise at Little Bighorn. But that belies the complexity of a historic figure who was capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, and an individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).


Sunday, November 8, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Thomas Hart Benton’s national notoriety – as one of the most visible and controversial American painters of the 1930s – has overshadowed his time as a Kansas City resident.

Benton scholar Henry Adams, author of the new book Thomas Hart Benton: Discoveries and Interpretations, reveals an intriguingly different artist than the one known to historians. Benton had a complex involvement in the city’s great social and cultural renaissance, which included the establishment of a symphony, university, and great art museum. Often at odds with the staff of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, he drew most of his support from Jewish patrons who were largely excluded from the museum’s activities. His father had connections to Tom Pendergast, but some of Benton’s closest friends were involved in the overthrow of the Boss’ political machine.


Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

Storytelling Spectacular
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Program: 7 p.m.

Koram, Burch, Lepp, and Loya return to the Truman Forum Auditorium for a grand storytelling finale. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — 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 evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Friday, November 6, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

Storytelling Celebration
Friday, November 6, 2015
Programs: 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Opening the evening is a Friday Night Family Fun family concert in the Kids’ Corner at 6:30 p.m., offering tales for all ages.


Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Think about some of the little tasks you routinely perform. Scanning and bagging your own groceries. Filling your car with gas. Assembling the bedroom wardrobe you lugged home from IKEA.

Craig Lambert calls it “shadow work” – things you take time to do for free, often via automated tools, that once were done by others for pay. In a discussion of his new book, the former Harvard Magazine deputy editor examines the roots and consequences of the modern-day phenomenon. There’s a cost in face-to-face human contact, in personal service, in entry-level jobs.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Will Rogers would joke that his ancestors didn’t come to America on the Mayflower but they “met the boat,” a wry reference to his family heritage. The most famous cowboy of the early 20th century was more than a quarter Cherokee, also making him the most famous American Indian of his time even if most in his vast audience didn’t know it.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

David Chancellor, one of the world’s most decorated photographers, has increasingly focused his attention on the complex relationship between man and wildlife, between the hunter and the hunted, and on the commodification of animals on the African plains. It’s a subject that burst into the news earlier this year, when a Minnesota dentist on an illegal hunt brought down a beloved lion in Zimbabwe.

In conjunction with the Pictures of the Year International exhibit Visions of Excellence on display at the Library through November 29, the South Africa-based Chancellor presents an illustrated talk about his work – which most recently earned POYi’s Environmental Vision Award.


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