Previous Special Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Award-winning chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts discuss some of the 50 handcrafted recipes included in their new book, Made in America.

These recipes—American classics redefined by easy, chef inspired techniques, quality ingredients, and a love for regional flavors from their Midwestern roots—will soon be the classics you refer to again and again for true Americana cooking. Made in America features recipes sorted by the cooking methods commonly used in American kitchens from daybreak to the bakeshop. Many recipes begin with a childhood memory from Colby or Megan that describes the roots and the journey of each recipe.

The Garrelts are chef-owners of Bluestem in Kansas City and Rye in Leawood.

Co-presented by Andrews McMeel Universal.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jessica Neuwirth, founder of the women’s rights organization Equality Now, discusses her new book Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now.

In a series of short, accessible chapters looking at several key areas of sex discrimination recognized by the Supreme Court, Equal Means Equal tells the story of the legal cases that inform the need for an Equal Rights Amendment, along with contemporary cases in which women’s rights are compromised without the protection of an ERA.

Neuwirth has worked with Amnesty International, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has lectured for Harvard Law School on women's rights and holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Yale University.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Author Cynthia Bond is joined by the Library’s Director of Readers’ Services Kaite Stover for a discussion of Bond’s debut novel which chronicles the story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from a town desperate to destroy her.

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York; but when a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.

The fate of the world lies in the hands of a couple of truant air-guitar enthusiasts whose partnership is destined to bring about world peace. Bill and Ted might just save the future—if they can pass high school history class. They have the ultimate study aid, though: a time-traveling phone booth. Starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves.

Friday, August 21, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Sparking the imaginations of children in the Kansas City area since the summer of 2002. Students and adults will have a great time learning the science behind levitation, invisibility, camouflage, and more! Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City boasts a largely unrecognized importance in the history of the advertising business. Even before 1900, advertising “agents” were emerging and gathering into a professional group, and by 1902 had organized into a club – very possibly the first Ad Club in the nation.

Kansas City, through its entrepreneurial heritage, has been a bastion of independent agencies and major brands, including TWA (whose iconic building Barkley now inhabits), Guy’s Potato Chips, the Rival Crock-Pot, the McDonald’s Happy Meal (courtesy of Bernstein-Rein), and many more.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Bestselling author and former Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski discusses his new book about the most remarkable rivalry and (eventual) friendship in modern golf.

The first time they met, at an exhibition match in 1967, Tom Watson was a 17-year-old high school student and Jack Nicklaus, at 27, was already the greatest golfer in the world. Tom revered Jack. Jack barely knew who Tom was. But over the next 20 years they battled again and again for championships, a place at the top of the sport, and the title of greatest living golfer.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Journalist and local historian Cindy Higgins presents an illustrated talk about the brewers and breweries of early Kansas, their role in fostering a sense of community within the state’s German enclaves, and their surprising legacy among today’s beer aficionados.

As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers followed and set up their strange contraptions – “mash tuns” and “wort kettles.” The manufacture of beer was as much art as craft during a time before out-of-state competition, temperance societies, and state prohibition laws killed the budding industry. Kansas boasted more than 90 breweries, fixtures in German communities. Leavenworth had at least six operating at one time in the 1850s.

Friday, August 14, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The event is now at capacity and RSVPs have been closed.

Join us for an evening of interactive art!

Drawing is a fundamental skill that can—and should—be learned by all children. The Young Rembrandts® method teaches drawing while developing visual learning skills that give children ages 3 1/2 to 12 an academic advantage in the classroom.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Former Library of Congress Chief Executive Officer Donald Scott discusses his new memoir Recipient of Grace.

Scott’s story begins as a poor black youth growing up in Hunnewell, Missouri, and concludes with his term as chief operating officer at the Library of Congress. In between, he recounts his service in the U.S. Army and the undercurrent of racial tensions.

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