Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Friday, April 8, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Get to know the instruments played in the Kansas City Symphony up close and personal. Young attendees can see and hear the sources of some of the nation’s most beautiful orchestral music. Ages 7 and up.


Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City, Kansas, native Nichole Pinkard is a nationally recognized leader in the area of digital learning, founding the Digital Youth Network in 2006. Three years later, DYN and the Chicago Public Library opened the first YOUmedia lab, a 5,500-square-foot space dedicated to learning through hands-on experience. There are now more than two dozen such labs nationwide.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Philanthropy is essential to making America what it is. Individuals, foundations, and businesses donate more than $360 billion annually, underwriting efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society. Rates of giving are as much as 20 times higher than in comparable nations.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Seventy years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson called the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg “the greatest tribute power has ever paid to reason.” It was.

The IMT, which put 22 members of Hitler’s regime on trial for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, began in November 1945 and lasted almost a year. Jackson served as chief prosecutor. Beyond its focus of administering justice to Nazi leaders, the tribunal became the foundation for international law and planted the seed for the International Criminal Court.


Monday, April 4, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Frank White was one of the Kansas City Royals’ anchors the last time they were defending World Series champions – 30 years ago. He went on to manage in their minor league system, working with a then-22-year-old Alex Gordon, among others, and was involved as a broadcaster while the team laid the foundation for its current success.


Sunday, April 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.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

There is beauty in a billowing supercell in the distance, in jagged streaks of lightning and thin, swaying funnels reaching down to the countryside. That’s what is conveyed in Stephen Locke’s photography, not merely the mayhem of a spring or summer storm.


Friday, April 1, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The 1920s and '30s marked Kansas City's transformation from a rough "cowtown" into a vibrant, modern city – despite such hindrances as political corruption, the Great Depression, and strained relations among the races and sexes. The period is spotlighted during the Wide Open Town Symposium at the Library on April 1-2.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, provides a national context for the scholar-led symposium, examining the Depression and other transformative milestones in America during that era.

Liquor during the reception will be provided by Tom's Town Distilling Co.


Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Wide Open Town Symposium, featuring presentations from professional historians and a keynote lecture at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, explores the 1920s and '30s in Kansas City history. It is free and open to the general public.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event was originally scheduled for January but was rescheduled due to inclement weather in the Washington D.C. area.

In the wake of the Super Tuesday primaries, the Library and the Truman Library Institute launch a new season of Dateline: Washington focusing on the 2016 elections – the candidates, their campaigns, and the hot-button issues. Time magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with RealClearPolitics’ Carl Cannon, taking an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, and the election playbook.

Carl Cannon is the Washington bureau chief at RealClearPolitics and co-author of Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy. He has won numerous awards, including a share of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting of the Presidency.


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