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Format: 2014-10-24
Format: 2014-10-24
  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (May - October)  as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the third annual City Market Summer  Book Sale Series.
    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

    The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

    For additional information, contact KCLibraryFriends@gmail.com, or call (816) 701-3468.

  • Author Amy Barickman presents an inspirational guide to needlework, cooking, sewing, fashion, and fun.
    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Author Amy Barickman discusses her new book based on the wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken, a pioneer in the field of "domestic arts," on Thursday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Author and former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias discusses his new mystery novel featuring violin pedagogue and amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus.
    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Author and former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias discusses his new mystery novel Danse Macabre, the second book featuring violin pedagogue and amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus.

    When beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon, his young African- American rival is tried and ultimately sentenced to death, in part due to Jacobus’ testimony. As evidence surfaces that the wrong man was convicted, Jacobus is dragged back into the case and sets out to discover the truth.

  • Lawrence historian Katie Armitage explores how survivors of the infamous raid rebuilt their lives, their town and memorialized their experiences.
    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Katie Armitage explores how survivors of Quantrill’s Lawrence Raid rebuilt their lives, their town, and memorialized their experiences. 

    William Clarke Quantrill’s Missouri guerrillas raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863, killing 180 men. Women lost husbands, children lost fathers, and fathers lost sons. The survivors who remained were determined to rebuild. Newcomers brought industry and innovation. The University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) grew into major institutions.

  • Rosemary Herbert discusses A New Omnibus of Crime, a collection of the best short fiction in the crime and mystery genres, which she co-edited with the late Tony Hillerman.
    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Rosemary Herbert discusses A New Omnibus of Crime, a collection of short stories she co-edited with the late Tony Hillerman, the award-winning author best known for his Navajo Police mystery novels, on Thursday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Restaurateur Carl DiCapo shares stories from his five decades at the iconic Kansas City eatery.
    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    Restaurateur Carl DiCapo tells the history of Kansas City’s iconic eatery, Italian Gardens, on Sunday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert joins the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series for a cross section of his favorites that he believes deserve wider attention.
    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series, presenting a cross section of his favorite films called EbertfestKC.

  • Friday Night Family Fun presents a special Mad Science show in conjunction with the Big Bugs exhibit on display at Powell Gardens until October 3, 2010.
    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Friday Night Family Fun presents a special Mad Science show: Bugs, Habitats, and Hives Oh My!

    Children will be introduced to all kinds of fun and zany experiments revolving around our insect friends as they witness amazing “Ant-ics”, take part in a queen bee game, and learn about insect defenses and the different habitats where our many-legged friends live.

    The event is co-sponsored by Powell Gardens in conjunction with its Big Bugs exhibit running through October 3.

  • Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary on slavery in Missouri based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The film features commentaries by scholars Jimmy Johnson, Diane Mutti Burke, Antonio Holland, and Harriet Frazier.  The screening will be followed by a discussion including Jenkins, Johnson, and Kevin Wilmott, associate professor at KU.

  • Former editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed The Star’s founder and publisher, William Rockhill Nelson, and the founder of the women’s news department, Nell Snead.
    Sunday, August 15, 2010

     Former Kansas City Star editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed to two Star legends, founder and publisher William Rockhill Nelson and founder of The Star’s women’s news department Nell Snead on Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.