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Format: 2015-06-30
Format: 2015-06-30
  • Washburn University’s Tom Averill discusses his inventive new novel, which subtly evokes Charles Dickens’ Christmastime classic in telling the story of a small-college librarian in Topeka, Kansas, whose life is going through major change.
    Sunday, December 14, 2014

    Washburn University’s Tom Averill, an O. Henry Award winner, discusses his inventive new novel, which subtly evokes Charles Dickens’ Christmastime classic in telling the story of a small-college librarian in Topeka, Kansas, who’s fascinated by transition – among other things, from the Victorian age to the modern age. Her life, incidentally, is going through major change.

    Averill is a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Washburn, and has written three other novels: rode, Secrets of the Tsil Café, and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson. He spoke at the Library in September 2013 as part of its Big Read initiative focusing on the classic Western novel True Grit.

  • Enjoy holiday music with a percussive twist. Tri-Percussion Ensemble members John Currey, Mark Lowry, and Ray DeMarchi are joined by drummer Sam Wisman in celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and of course Christmas.
    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Enjoy holiday music with a percussive twist. Tri-Percussion Ensemble members John Currey, Mark Lowry, and Ray DeMarchi are joined by drummer Sam Wisman in celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and of course Christmas.

    The festive program brings seasonal favorites to life on the marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, chimes, and an eclectic array of rhythmic percussion instruments including West African and Afro-Latin hand drums.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • The University of Central Missouri’s Christian Cutler discusses one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse – yet unsung – artists, Gabriella Polony-Mountain. An exhibit of her work opens in winter 2015 in the Library’s new Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery.
    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Gabriella Polony-Mountain is one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse artists. Her bold, colorful body of work encompasses sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings. Among her compositions was the mosaic floor of the old Main Library at 12th and McGee.

    Christian Cutler, the director of the University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design, tells the fascinating story of the 96-year-old Hungarian émigré who arrived in America in 1951 with her first husband, their luggage, and $120 and soon was winning awards for her architectural commissions. When a loss of strength in her hands made it difficult to work in other mediums, she turned to a loom and weaving.

  • Ethan S. Rafuse leads a panel of colleagues with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in examining the momentous year of 1864, when the balance of the Civil War may have tipped to the North.
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    The Civil War may have reached a turning point in 1864, when Ulysses S. Grant became general-in-chief of the Union armies, Confederate defeats continued to mount, and Northern voters in November sustained the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.

    On the 150th anniversary of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s arrival in Savannah — approaching the end of a 36-day, 265-mile March to the Sea that was both materially and psychologically devastating to the South — military historian Ethan S. Rafuse leads a panel of colleagues with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in a discussion of the events of the year. Did they, indeed, tip the balance of the war decisively and irretrievably to the North?

    Co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.

  • Kansas City Star reporter Brian Burnes discusses his coffee-table book, published by Kansas City Star Books, commemorating the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri and chronicling its growth since 1839 into an economic and scholastic powerhouse.
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Founded in 1839 as the first publicly supported institution of higher education in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory, the University of Missouri has grown from a cluster of buildings on a field in rough-and-tumble Boone County to an economic and scholastic powerhouse with an enrollment of nearly 35,000 and annual research expenditures of approximately $250 million.

    One of its more than 275,000 graduates, Kansas City Star reporter Brian Burnes, discusses the book he has written for Kansas City Star Books commemorating the school’s 175th anniversary. The 220-page, coffee-table publication features historical and contemporary photos along with Burnes’ history of the university.

  • When the U.S. finally entered World War I, it was left to former Kansas City newspaperman George Creel – head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information – to sell the move to the largely neutral nation. Historian Timothy Westcott examines this trailblazing propagandist.
    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    George Creel, the onetime head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information, recalled in his memoir “how we advertised America.” But more accurately, his legacy was selling World War I to the country’s largely neutral populace.

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.

    December's Selection:
    Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library’s 8th Annual Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks. Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books suitable for gift giving are $5-15.
    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    The Friends of the Library’s 8th Annual Pre-Owned Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks featuring eye-catching, mouth-watering recipes that will delight family and friends. Learn to cook like a top chef. Or make these recipe books a holiday gift.

    Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books are priced from $5-15.

  • Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to help tell the magical story.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.
    Friday, December 5, 2014

    Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to take the stage and help tell a magical story filled with laughter, song, and dance.

    Recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • Historian John Suprin of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines tiny Finland’s valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion launched 75 years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II.
    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Seventy-five years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II, tiny Finland began a valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion that became the stuff of modern military legend.