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  • Kansas City Star reporters  Eric Adler and Laura Bauer discuss a new book chronicling the paper’s coverage of the tornado that devastated Joplin and the efforts of residents and volunteers who have helped the community heal.
    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    On May 22, 2011, a massive EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, killing 159 people and injuring countless others.

    Reporters Eric Adler and Laura Bauer of The Kansas City Star discuss Joplin 5:41, a new book chronicling the newspaper’s coverage of the devastating tornado.

    The book celebrates the heroic efforts of Joplin residents and the thousands of volunteers who rushed to the scene to begin the healing. All royalties from sales of the book go to the Joplin Recovery Fund.

  • The Hindu and the Cowboy, produced by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, follows the lives of a Muslim student, a Shawnee cowboy, and a Jewish woman.
    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    The Hindu and the Cowboy, produced by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, is a one-act play inspired by stories of area residents, giving voice to people while bringing forward the experiences that shaped their lives.

    The play follows the lives of a Muslim student and his reaction to post-9/11 hatred, a Shawnee cowboy and his grasp on family prairie land, and a Jewish woman and her daring act at Auschwitz.

    Co-sponsored by Saint Andrew Christian Church and the Kansas City Festival of Faiths.

  • Cast members from the Ballet’s performance of Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts teach children how to play some classic games from the novel.
    Friday, October 7, 2011

    The 2011 Big Read and Kansas City Ballet present a night of classic games from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Cast members from the Ballet’s performance of Tom Sawyer teach children how to play the classic games.

    The event is appropriate for all ages.

  • Central Standard, the award-winning KCUR morning program, hosts a variety show to commemorate the one-year anniversary of its inception.
    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Central Standard, the award-winning KCUR morning program, hosts a variety show to commemorate the one year anniversary of its inception.

    Since replacing the legendary Walt Bodine Show Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning in October 2010, Central Standard host Jabulani Leffall and producer Andrea Silenzi have rapidly developed a strong, eclectic following in the area by exploring the different worlds within Kansas City.

  • Award-winning historian  William C. Harris argues that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war.
    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Faced with a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln deemed the loyalty of the border slave states crucial to the preservation of the Union. But while most scholars contend that these states were secure by the end of 1861, award-winning historian William C. Harris argues in Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war.

  • American Library Association President Molly Raphael discusses the current social and economic conditions facing libraries and considers some possible changes that will ensure patrons continue to value the services libraries provide.
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    American Library Association President Molly Raphael explains why current social and economic conditions are forcing libraries of all types to change rapidly in order to survive.

    How can libraries be positioned not just to survive but to thrive? What difficult choices will have to be made in the next few years so that patrons continue to value the services libraries provide? How can libraries ensure that they are seen as both essential for learning and for life in the communities they serve?

  • The Kansas City Public Library and The Reading Reptile present Caldecott Winner Brian Selznick who will present his latest book Wonderstruck. A percentage of the evening’s book sales will be donated to the Turning the Page effort for Joplin public schools.
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Brian Selznick, creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a Caldecott Medal winner, presents his newest novel, Wonderstruck. This event is part of Turning the Page: Building a Community of Readers campaign to benefit Joplin Missouri schools. A percentage of the evening’s book sales will be donated to the campaign.

    RSVP online at www.kclibrary.org or pick up a free ticket from Reading Reptile.

    Co-sponsored by Reading Reptile.

    No audio or video recording of Brian Selznick’s presentation will be permitted.

  • KU professor Susan Harris examines a rarely seen political side of Mark Twain, whose questions about America’s role in the world remain as relevant in 2011 as they were in 1900.
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    The annexation of the Philippines by the United States was a contentious issue at the turn of the last century. Supporters of annexation called the notion “benevolent assimilation,” while Mark Twain – interested by the racial and religious ideologies circulating amid the national debate – called it “hogwash” and “pious hypocrisy.”

    KU professor Susan Harris examines a rarely seen political side of Twain, whose questions about America’s role in the world remain as relevant in 2011 as they were in 1900.

    This presentation is a part of The Big Read.

  • The Social Media Club of Kansas City joins community thought leaders in a public discussion of how Google Fiber high-speed internet can impact the city’s infrastructure, economy, educational systems, and beyond.
    Monday, October 3, 2011

    In the six months since choosing Kansas City as a test market for its new fiber-optic network, Google has asked for community input in planning how this technology will be used.

  • After reading, or perhaps re-reading the Mark Twain classic ¬ come watch this film adaptation ¬  MGM’s musical Tom Sawyer (1973). Afterwards, join Big Read discussion facilitator Kaite Stover for a conversation comparing the written word to its dramatic interpretation.
    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    You have read and perhaps even re-read the Mark Twain classic – now watch this compelling film adaptation – MGM’s musical Tom Sawyer (1973), starring Johnny Whitaker and Jodie Foster and filmed almost entirely on location in Missouri. Join Big Read discussion facilitator Kaite Stover for a lively conversation comparing the written word to its dramatic interpretation. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source novel prior to attending the film screening.

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