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  • New York University historian Hasia Diner discusses the great century of migration that saw one-third of Europe’s Jews leave their homes to seek places in other lands and explains why 90 percent of them chose life in the U.S.
    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Hasia Diner discusses the great century of migration, from the 1820s to the 1920s, when one third of Europe’s Jews left their homes to seek places in other lands. Of that number, 85-90 percent opted for the U.S. Diner examines the characteristics of American life that attracted the emigrating Jews.

    Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg professor of American Jewish History at New York University. Funded in part by Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust and the Avashia Family Fund.

  • Experience a live, historic conversation between Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Bill Warren, and Frederick Douglass, portrayed by Harvey Williams. This program is appropriate for grades three and up.
    Friday, September 30, 2011

    The Plaza Branch and Westport Center for the Arts present a live theater reading between Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Bill Warren, and Frederick Douglass, portrayed by Harvey Williams.

  • One of the staples of Kansas City’s Westside community, the Irene H. Ruiz Branch of the Kansas City Public Library commemorates its 10th anniversary with a musical showcase, refreshments, and a tour of the branch.
    Friday, September 30, 2011

    One of the staples of Kansas City’s Westside community, the Irene H. Ruiz Branch of the Kansas City Public Library commemorates its 10th anniversary with a musical showcase.

  • Whether your next step is college or a career, we’ve got you covered! Visit with representatives from area colleges and universities. Also, learn how career placement agencies can help you with your  job search.
    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Representatives from area colleges and universities will help prospective students — both recent high school graduates and adults looking to finish a college degree — learn about their educational options.

    Staff from several agencies serving job seekers will also be available to explain how they can assist job seekers with all aspects of their search, from creating a résumé to interviewing for a job.

    Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

  • Biographer and financial guru James Grant discusses his new biography of Thomas B. Reed, one of the most powerful House Speakers in history.
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Biographer James Grant discusses his new portrait of late nineteenth-century Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas B. Reed, who served with greater influence than any Speaker who came before him.

    Until 1890, members of the House would often filibuster by refusing to answer roll call – even if they were present – depriving the chamber of a quorum. During one such filibuster, Reed directed the clerk to count anyone in attendance as present.

    Grant is editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer.

  • From hilarious scenes from his youth to the present state his parents helped create, Frank Schaeffer asks what the leading right-wingers and the paranoid fantasies of their “echo chamber” are really about. Here’s a hint…sex.
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    In his New York Times best-selling book, Frank Schaeffer uses his life as a lens through which to view a larger narrative: the rightward lurch of American politics since the 1970s.

    The central character is Schaeffer’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual throughout Schaeffer’s childhood.

    Schaeffer asks what the leading right-wingers and the paranoid fantasies of their “echo chamber” are really about. Here’s a hint... sex.

  • The Reading Reptile and the Kansas City Public Library present the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature,  Jon Scieszka. A portion of the book sales will be used for the elementary schools destroyed by the Joplin tornado.
    Monday, September 26, 2011

    The Reading Reptile and the Kansas City Public Library present the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka. A portion of the proceeds from books sales will be used to build and stock portable classroom libraries for the elementary schools destroyed by the Joplin tornado.

  • Author Carolyn Brewer discusses the 1957 tornado that killed 39 people and left 531 injured and shares first-person narratives collected during a 50-year reunion and memorial rededication.
    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    On the evening of May 20, 1957, an F-5 tornado tore into the communities of Ottawa and Spring Hill, Kansas, and Martin City, Grandview, Hickman Mills, and Ruskin Heights, Missouri. The storm left 39 people dead and 531 injured. More than 840 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

    Author Carolyn Brewer tells the story of the tragic event, as well as the rebuilding effort, through a series of first-person narratives collected during a 50-year reunion and memorial rededication.

  • Enjoy an interactive music and storytelling performance for the whole family by award-winning songwriter, Dino O’Dell.
    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Enjoy an interactive music and story telling performance for the whole family by award-winning songwriter Dino O’Dell.

  • Literacy Kansas City and The Writers Place present this third annual celebration featuring Kansas City authors and new adult readers sharing inspired stories about the role reading plays in their lives.
    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    The third annual Power of Reading celebration features Kansas City authors and new adult readers sharing inspired stories about the role reading plays in their lives.

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