Event Archive

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  • Musicologist Andrew Granade introduces two short documentaries scored by Kansas City composer Virgil Thomson
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    Musicologist Andrew Granade for an introduction to the life and work of composer Virgil Thompson on Wednesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • The second of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums focuses on what and how young people should be taught to best equip them for tomorrow’s workplace and help strengthen the economy of the communities they live in
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    The second and final Harry's Front Porch Forum focuses on Preparing Today's Kids for Tomorrow's Jobs: What Should Our Community Do?

  • The Cato Institute’s Bob Levy discusses how the judiciary may have become the most dangerous branch of government.
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    The Supreme Court

    Author Bob Levy makes the case that the judiciary has actually represented one of the greatest threats to American freedom as he discusses his new book The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

  • A film series devoted to Edward G. Robinson, an early screen icon who defined the gangster genre.
    Monday, October 12, 2009

    An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.

  • A community food drive allowing Library patrons to reduce fines through donations.
    Monday, October 12, 2009

    In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library offers its annual Food for Fines Week from October 12 through October 18, 2009.

    During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undam­aged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location in exchange for a one dollar reduction per item in existing overdue fines. Only overdue fines will be eligible for this reduction in Library account balances.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, October 11, 2009

    A humble priest, Nazarín shares the misery of the needy that live near the small town of Chanfa in the early 1900s. After protecting a prostitute responsible for starting a fire that destroys a hostel, Nazarín is forced to flee the town. While traveling, his own actions cause conflicts that go against his vision of Christian charity. Winner of the Grand Prix International at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (95 min.)

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author  Jane Smiley’s book for young readers revolves around Abby Lovitt, a seventh grader who has always been more at ease with horses than with people.
    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley presents her first book for young readers, The Georges and the Jewels.

  • Experience the world of William Bent, fur trapper and trader with Kansas City connections  as portrayed by John  Atkinson.
    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Experience the world of William Bent, fur trapper and trader with Kansas City connections as portrayed by John Atkinson.

  • A film series devoted to Tim Burton, the auteur whose distinct visual landscapes are a play land for unique and sometimes grotesque characters
    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

  • Shane Evans presents his new children’s book, Olu’s Dream, the story of a mischievous, adventurous, funny, and thoughtful child with a limitless imagination who discovers a dream world that he can bring into his reality.
    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Award-winning illustrator—and now author—Shane Evans presents his new children's book, Olu's Dream.  Olu's fantastical dreams, where he discovers monsters, takes a ride on a whale, and speeds through space with his teddy bear, inspire him to use his imagination at any time of night or day.