Event Archive

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Format: 2016-07-30
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  • The British Museum’s Roger Bland discusses the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme, laws devised to protect the U.K.’s archaeological treasures from looting while compensating the individuals who discover them.
    Monday, April 16, 2012

    The British Museum’s Roger Bland looks at the successes of the U.K.’s Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme, legislation aimed at curbing the looting of historic sites while guaranteeing that those who find treasure are compensated.

    Bland is head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasures of the United Kingdom and is the American Institute of Archaeology’s Metcalf Lecturer for 2011-2012.

  • In the followup to her Booker Prize-winning The Gathering, Anne Enright gives us party girl Gina Moynihan, the center of a tale of illicit passion, self-love and unwanted responsibilities.
    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Irish writer Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz is the followup to her international bestseller The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She discusses her work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.

    As with The Gathering, Enright offers a momentous drama of everyday life: the volatile connections between people and a wry take on families, marriage, and brittle middle age. In Gina Moynihan she gives us yet another unforgettable heroine on a journey of the heart.

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages. Parents are invited to participate with their children.
    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library invites children and parents to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage.

  • Author Kristen Iverson discusses the remarkable life of Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Journalist Julie Hedgepeth Williams examines the saga of her great uncle Albert and his family, passengers on the doomed liner.
    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    Kristen Iversen, author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, examines the colorful life of the famed “unsinkable” Molly Brown. In A Rare Titanic Family Julie Hedgepeth Williams reveals the story of her great uncle and his family, who barely avoided going down with the ship.

  • Author Wade Sisson discusses the efforts of the R.M.S. Olympic, the near-identical sister ship of the Titanic, to rescue victims of the famous oceanic disaster in April 1912.
    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    Author Wade Sisson discusses the Titanic’s sister ship, the R.M.S. Olympic, which steamed 300 miles in a desperate rescue mission to pick up survivors of the now legendary disaster. In his book Racing Through the Night, Sisson looks at the entwined fates of these two “unsinkable” vessels.

    A resident of Overbrook, Kansas, Sisson fell in love with the Titanic’s story when he was in the sixth grade. He joined the Titanic Historical Society just a few months before the wreckage of the ship was discovered in 1985.

  • Experts in the field of early literacy offer practical methods to encourage early learning for every child.
    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts an Early Literacy Symposium on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, located at 4801 Main St. – featuring experts in the field of early literacy who will offer practical methods to encourage early learning in every child. (See the detailed schedule below.)

  • Legends of the Kansas City music scene, Howard Iceberg and the Titanics visit the Library’s Rooftop Terrace for an evening of original songs and Titanic tributes in their distinctive alternative/country/roots music vein.
    Friday, April 13, 2012

    A Titanic weekend kicks off with an outdoor*, Rooftop Terrace concert by veteran folk-rockers Howard Iceberg & the Titanics. Mainstays of the local music scene for decades, Howard and his band make their Library debut with a set of original songs and tributes to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

    *In the event of rain, this event will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.

  • Biographer Justin Wolff examines the life and art of Missouri’s Thomas Hart Benton, whose distinctive style and views made him the object of both veneration and scorn.
    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Biographer Justin Wolff examines the life and art of Missouri’s Thomas Hart Benton, whose murals bejewel many a public building. From the 1930s to his death in 1973, Benton’s distinctive visual style and nationalistic views made him the object of both veneration and scorn. The issues raised by his art and attitudes dominated debate in the post-war world of painting.

    Wolff is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine. He is the author of Richard Caton Woodville: American Painter, Artful Dodger.

  • The first vice president to assume the presidency on the death of an incumbent, John Tyler was called “His Accidency,” but historian Edward P. Crapol sees a bold leader who enhanced presidential power.
    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    The first vice president to occupy the White House after the death of the incumbent, John Tyler was derided by critics as “His Accidency.” Yet historian Edward P. Crapol depicts Tyler as a bold leader who used the malleable executive system to his advantage and enhanced presidential power.

    Crapol, author of John Tyler: The Accidental President, is the William E. Pullen professor of American history, emeritus, at the College of William and Mary.

  • Stephen T. Johnson discusses his current exhibit at the Central Library.
    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Art, Language & Play features original artwork by Stephen T. Johnson, an author and illustrator of children’s books who has been nationally published and exhibited. Johnson’s art forges connections between words, objects, and ideas.

    Much of his work is characterized by an interest in the alphabet and language, which began with his book Alphabet City, a Caldecott Honor book, and A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet, named The New York Times Illustrated Book of the Year.

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