Previous Special Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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.


Tuesday, November 3, 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 2, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE

Kansas City jazz legend Angela Hagenbach leads a diverse ensemble cast in an original and unique retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic. In this version, Alice explores Wonderland while accompanied by the music of John Coltrane (with original lyrics written by Hagenbach).

Hagenbach presents a perfect pairing, matching the unexpected wonders of Carroll's imagination with the improvisational magic of Coltrane's bebop sax for a performance that will delight and entertain audiences of all ages.

Known for interpretations of material by Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, Hagenbach has performed at the Kennedy Center and toured 17 countries as a Cultural Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. Since her debut album Come Fly with Me, she has earned critical praise for her mainstream jazz sensibilities from JazzTimes, L.A. Jazz Scene, and National Public Radio.


Sunday, November 1, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre artists read from comedian Michael Ian Black’s tongue-in-cheek book about a little girl who’s bored until meeting a talking potato that claims kids like her are, frankly, boring. She sets out to prove otherwise. Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.


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

Chopped off toes. Chopped off thumbs. Hands grabbing your ankle and pulling you underwater. Fairy tales can be scary, which also is part of what makes them fun.

Kansas City actor Robert Gibby Brand and wife Linda Ade Brand, the Lyric Opera’s director of education and community engagement, talk the night before Halloween about the original—and creepy—versions of the Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and other favorite fairy tales. Kids and parents can meet the water sprite, Rusalka, who wants to become “Part of Your World” like the mermaid Ariel. (Spoiler: sad ending.)

Costumes are welcome. Treats are provided. Appropriate for ages 11 and up.


Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Start with Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, which made the already-towering president a target on battlefields. It bore a black mourning band for his son Willie, who died at age 11, and was worn by Lincoln the night he was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in April 1865. When you hold the hat, Richard Kurin says, “you feel the man.”

It’s among the items in the vast collection of the Smithsonian Institution selected by Kurin and a team of top curators and scholars for inclusion in the book History of America in 101 Objects. Kurin, the Institution’s under secretary for art, history, and culture, discusses the treasures, their significance to our nation’s history, and how they made their way into the Smithsonian.


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