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  • In celebration of Black History Month, Tommy Terrific performs an interactive magic show for children ages 3 – 12.
    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Tommy Terrific’s 45-minute magic program is designed for children ages 3-12 and will be performed at the following locations and times:

  • To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable  presidents from his upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his rise to the White House.
    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable and successful presidents.

    In this new biography, Schaller gives an account of Reagan’s life, from his small-town upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his extraordinary rise to the White House.

  • As a result of travel delays caused by adverse weather conditions, Kenneth Armitage is unable to be in Kansas City today.  The Library regrets the  inconvenience.
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Due to adverse weather, Dr. Kenneth Armitage will not be able to travel to Kansas City for his speaking engagement at the Library on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. An update will be sent if the event is rescheduled.

  • As a result of travel delays caused by adverse weather conditions, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are unable to be in Kansas City today.  The Library regrets the inconvenience and will reschedule this event soon.  Watch the Library’s calendar and website for updated information.
    Monday, January 31, 2011

    Due to adverse weather, tonight's presenters for this event are unable to travel to Kansas City. The Library hopes to reschedule the event soon.

    Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry talk about The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.

  • Snow features trick marionettes, ice skating mice, singing puppets, and cool music. This interactive family program will encourage audience members to dance the Penguin Shuffle and bounce along with Frosty the Snow Man.
    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Friday Night Family Fun series welcomes back StoneLion Puppets to perform a very “wintery” production of Snow. Snow features trick marionettes, ice skating mice, singing puppets, and lots of cool music with which to sing along. This interactive family program encourages audience members to dance the “Penguin Shuffle” and bounce along with “Frosty the Snow Man.”

  • Harvard historian Jill Lepore discusses her new book, a wry and bemused look at American history according to the far right, and explains how the Tea Party movement mirrors past attempts by the left and the right to lay claim to the American Revolution.
    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Harvard historian Jill Lepore discusses her new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his upcoming work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet.
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    A Tony Award winner for his Titanic and Nine musical compositions, Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his latest work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet. Based on the classic Mark Twain novel, the ballet will make its world premiere in October 2011 as part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ grand opening.

  • This annual film series takes on a new theme – Marriage and Family: Under the Surface, offering probing films and expert discussions of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.
    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    This annual film series takes a look at Marriage & Family – Under the Surface, starting with Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning directorial debut about a family struggling with the loss of a son. Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton. Based on the novel by Judith Guest. Rated R. (124 min.)

  • Historian Bob Moore introduces the premiere public screening of a documentary that gives an up-close glimpse into the life of one of America’s greatest sportsmen.
    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Lamar Hunt, original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, was a pioneer in the growth of professional athletics, evidenced by his induction into eight halls of fame ranging from football to tennis. Hunt’s passion for competition earned him the childhood nickname “Games.”

  • In his new book, described as a "historical study as absorbing as a novel," Professor Leonard Barkan of Princeton University unearths Michelangelo’s handwritten notes to his most enduring masterpieces and achingly personal expressions of ambition and despair.
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Best known for his artistic achievements, Michelangelo not only filled hundreds of sheets with drawings, sketches, and doodles, but he also composed his own words. In Michelangelo: A Life on Paper, author Leonard Barkan vividly narrates the important role the written word played in Michelangelo’s monumental public output.