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  • Robin Stone discusses the life  of her late husband Gerald Boyd, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of  The New York Times and his  devastating fall in the wake of  the Jayson Blair scandal.
    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Robin Stone, who wrote the afterward for her late husband Gerald Boyd’s memoir, discusses the book and Boyd’s life, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of The New York Times and his devastating fall on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his work with graphic novels and explains his belief that they are an important art form, capable of telling any kind of story uniquely and effectively.
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his two graphic novels, Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and their form as art and literature on Wednesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind.
    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life, and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

  • Richard the Villain - Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses King Richard III’s brand of villainy.
    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

    June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.

  • In-depth discussions of five sacred structures that inspire those within and without.
    Sunday, June 6, 2010

    Helix architect Reeves Wiedeman discusses the recent renovation of this structure and offers historical highlights of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the unique shape of which has made it an architectural favorite.

  • This fun after-hours event  will feature Glee trivia, prizes,  sing-alongs, crafts, snacks, and  a viewing of favorite episodes.
    Saturday, June 5, 2010

    The Plaza Branch kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Challenge with an exclusive after-hours Glee Party. Currently the No. 1 rated television show among teen audiences, Glee is a musical comedy-drama series that focuses on a high school glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School. The series follows an optimistic teacher who—against all odds, and a malicious cheerleading coach—attempts to help a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential.

  • 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, June 5, 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.

  • Friday Night Family Fun presents a Summer Reading program kick-off party with local kid rocker favorite, Funky Mama.
    Friday, June 4, 2010

    Friday Night Family Fun presents a Summer Reading program kick-off party with local kid rocker favorite, Funky Mama, a.k.a. Krista Tatschl Eyler.

    The music is a bold, straightforward, energetic style. Along with programs and activities, Summer Reading rewards kids with prizes for reading all summer long.

  • New York-based writer Elizabeth Bettina tells the  amazing story of how thousands  of Jews in Italy were saved during World War II.
    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    New York-based writer Elizabeth Bettina, discusses her book It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    It Happened in Italy tells the amazing story of how thousands of Jews in Italy were saved during World War II.

  • Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter discusses his new book, a detailed examination of President Barack Obama’s first year in office.
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter discusses his new book The Promise: President Obama, Year One on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The Promise is the first detailed examination of President Barack Obama’s first year in office and offers an insider’s look at Obama’s decisions and accomplishments.