Event Archive

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Format: 2014-11-26
Format: 2014-11-26
  • Prepare to be mesmerized by the wild world of animals and a host of wonderful fun facts presented by the Kansas City Zoo.  Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Be prepared to become mesmerized by the wild world of animals and all their wonderful fun facts. Our friends from the Kansas City Zoo will take you on a magical journey around the world discovering animals and their homes.

    Appropriate for ages 3 and up.

  • World War II veteran Dick Cole joins Park University professor Dennis Okerstrom for a discussion of the 1st Air Commando Group, a forerunner to modern special operations units. Cole was a member of the team.
    Monday, June 9, 2014

    World War II veteran Dick Cole, 98, joins Park University professor Dennis Okerstrom for a discussion of the 1st Air Commando Group, a forerunner to modern special operations units such as SEAL Team Six and Delta Force.

    Cole and Okerstrom will discuss the first air commando raid as well as Cole’s other World War II experiences, including serving as Jimmy Doolittle co-pilot during the Tokyo Raid.

    The 1st Air Commando Group, whose ranks included former child actor Jackie Coogan, grew out of a top-secret project to invade Japanese-occupied Burma by glider.

    Okerstrom is the author of Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II.

  • In conjunction with a reprise of the Library’s award-winning Greetings from Kansas City exhibit of vintage postcards, Steve Noll of the Jackson County Historical Society leads an illustrated walk through Kansas City’s postcard past.
    Sunday, June 8, 2014

    Postcards were the “instant messages” of their day, a means of communicating hometown pride, civic identity, and a visitor’s curiosity. But where today’s electronic missives disappear with a click, the images and notes on vintage postcards endure – doorways to lost worlds.

    Steve Noll, executive director of the Jackson County Historical Society and a postcard collector, leads an illustrated walk through Kansas City’s postcard history.

    This event is keyed to the exhibit Greetings from Kansas City: Postcard Views of a Midwestern Metropolis, 1900-1950 currently on display at the Central Library. First shown in 2013, the exhibit is being reprised after earning the American Library Association’s Excellence in Library Programming Award.

  • Join Dino O’Dell at your interstellar Library branch for a musical, storytelling adventure revolving around stars, meteors, and planets.   Recommended for ages 3-10.
    Friday, June 6, 2014

    Join Dino at your interstellar Library branch for a musical storytelling adventure revolving around stars, meteors, and planets. Meet Grandpa O’Dell, space alien Zar, and the cowboy stargazer, Joe, in this educational, interactive, and fun show.

    Whether he’s counting monsters, fixing spaceships, or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales engage curiosity, inspire laughter, and stir the imagination.

    Recommended for ages 3-10.

  • Author Jennifer Senior focuses on parenthood rather than parenting in this honest, and sometimes humorous, examination of the way children deepen and add purpose to our lives. And in the process, she makes parents everywhere feel better about their lives, their relationships, and their children.
    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But what are the effects of children on their parents? New York magazine’s Jennifer Senior digs into that question in a discussion of her new book.

    Senior examines the history and changing definition of what it means to be a parent, analyzing the many ways in which children reshape parents’ lives – their marriages, jobs, habits, hobbies, friendships, and internal sense of self. Her book follows mothers and fathers through parenthood’s deepest vexations and finest rewards.

  • Retiring Truman Medical Centers CEO John Bluford joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for  a public conversation about the transformation of an urban hospital into one of the premier healthcare facilities in Kansas City.
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    John Bluford, the chief executive officer of Truman Medical Centers, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the most influential people in health care. As he prepares to retire after 15 years at Truman, he looks back on his career and ahead to the future in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III.

    Bluford has overseen major improvements in cardiology, radiology, emergency, diabetes, and operating facilities in his tenure at Truman, and he established the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute. He served as chairman of the American Hospital Association, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and the Missouri Hospital Association.

  • Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    Sunday, June 1, 2014

    The greatest swashbuckling film of all time almost bit the dust with a mid-production change in directors. But from a potential disaster arose what the New York Times’ Frank Nugent deemed “A richly produced, bravely bedecked, romantic, and colorful show … it can be calculated to rejoice the eights, rejuvenate the eighties, and delight those in between.” The Technicolor production is spectacular with castles, pageantry, gorgeous costumes. The style is lighthearted yet mythic, crammed with both bravura heroics and comic panache.

  • The Doo-Dads, a kid-cool rock and roll band, present a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert: fun, excitement, and . . . bubbles!  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, May 30, 2014

    The Doo-Dads, a kid-cool rock and roll band, was founded in 2002 by four friends, all fathers and veterans of the Kansas City music scene.

    The band puts on a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert: fun, excitement, and . . . bubbles!

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Smithsonian marine biologist Nancy Knowlton discusses the wonders of Earth’s oceans, the negative impact of human activity, and what can be done to turn the tide of destruction.
    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Marine biologist Nancy Knowlton knows the wonders of our oceans and the weird and wondrous creatures that call it home. She also recognizes how ocean life is threatened by human activity and what is being done to turn the tide of destruction.

    Knowlton’s talk is the kickoff event of Conserving Our Dynamic Planet, a series presented by the Smithsonian Institution and co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library.

  • William Least Heat-Moon discusses his new book which chronicles the writing of his 1982 best-seller, Blue Highways, the story of his travels through back-road America.
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    In 1982-83, William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, a chronicle of traveling America’s back roads, spent 42 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.

    Thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, Least Heat-Moon re-examines the making of the book in a discussion of Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened. He reflects on the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, and the depressing string of rejections by publishers.