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Format: 2014-08-20
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  • Urban League of Greater Kansas City President & CEO Gwen Grant presents the State of Black Kansas City 2010 Equality Index.  Following the presentation, historian Bryan LeBeau answers the question What Would Abraham Lincoln Think?
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Urban League of Greater Kansas City President Gwendolyn Grant leads a discussion of data from the State of Black Kansas City 2010 Equality Index on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The 2010 Index indicates that black unemployment is three times that of whites, that more than three times as many blacks as whites live below poverty line, and that more than 50% of blacks do not have medical insurance.

  • This event has been postponed until November 2010
    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Historian Donald Worster discusses John Wesley Powell's 1869 journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers and his trip through the Grand Canyon, the first recorded passage in American history, on Thursday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Members of the Midwest Children's Authors Guild will read selections from their new Christmas anthology while santa drops in for a special visit. Each child will receive a free book.
    Friday, December 18, 2009

    The Friday Night Family Fun series hosts members of the Midwest Children's Authors Guild on Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., for a special reading of selections from their new Christmas Anthology.

  • Santa’s workshop comes alive in this charming performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by the StoneLion Puppets
    Friday, December 11, 2009

     The StoneLion Puppet Theatre presents its latest production, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, on Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Santa's workshop comes alive with festive toy marionettes and a charming larger-than-life dollhouse which opens to reveal a re-enactment of Clement C. Moore's famous poem. Join us for this amazing, intricate show that captures the true spirit of the holidays!

  • The Kansas City Brass returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of holiday favorites from the sacred to the secular.
    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    The Kansas City Brass—a six-member ensemble comprised of Kansas City Symphony performers—returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of holiday favorites from the sacred to the secular.

    The Kansas City Brass is a brass ensemble with percussion organized in 1991. Its members are: Gary Schutza Jr. and Brian Rood (trumpets); Steve Multer (horn); Wyatt Henderson (trombone); Steven Seward (tuba); and Timothy Jepson (percussion).

  • Christopher Leitch and Carol Barta explore the history of the Fairy Princess, a Kansas City tradition that has delighted children since its inception in 1935.
    Sunday, December 6, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library and the Kansas City Museum present the history and autobiography of the Fairy Princess, a local holiday staple that has delighted children for decades.

    Museum Director Christopher Leitch will explore the history of the character while Kansas City's longest reigning Fairy Princess, KKFI radio personality Carol Barta, discusses her own experiences "on the throne" at Kline's Department Store in downtown Kansas City. 

  • Join the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library for the 3rd Annual Cookbook Sale.
    Saturday, December 5, 2009

    The Friends of the Library are holding their annual Cookbook Sale on Saturday, December 5, 2009, from 10am to 4pm, at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.

    We'll feature new, gently used, historic, local, regional, spiralbound, paperback, and hardcover cookbooks -- most priced at $3.00.  We'll also present a selection of "collectible" cookbooks and some suitable for gift giving, selling from $5-$15.  Also at the sale will be a variety of food- related nonfiction and fiction.

  • Author Roderick Townley discusses his new book, an off-center fairy tale that deals with timely  issues -- greed, prejudice, and the cost of loyalty -- with a light touch.
    Friday, December 4, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes author Roderick Townley for a presentation based on his new book The Blue Shoe:  A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes.

  • Mr. Stinky Feet, Funky Mama, Dino O’Dell, and others celebrate the life and music of longtime Kansas City-area children’s performer Bongo Barry.
    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Join Mr. Stinkyfeet, Funky Mama, Dino O'Dell, and others to celebrate the life and music of longtime Kansas City-area children's performer "Bongo Barry" Bernstein.

  • William Poorvu will describe how the current economic crisis -‑ wrenching as it has proven to be -‑ was entirely predictable, driven by excess financial speculation in real estate.
    Thursday, November 19, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Staff Picks: The Business of Real Estate

    William Poorvu was in charge of the real estate courses for 35 years at Harvard Business School where he was an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship. In his presentation Cycles, Crises and Characters in Real Estate, Poorvu will describe how the current economic crisis—wrenching as it has proven to be—was entirely predictable, driven by excess financial speculation in real estate.