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  • Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a party starring everyone's favorite rocker, Jim Cosgrove also known as Mr. Stinky Feet.
    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Friday Night Family Fun celebrates the end of the Summer Reading Program with a party starring everyone’s favorite rocker, Jim Cosgrove, also known as “Mr. Stinky Feet.”

    Cosgrove, who sees music as the international language of peace and friendship, uses his songs to echo this year’s Summer Reading theme, “One World, Many Stories.”

  • To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Health and Wellness Center, the Lucile H. Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library hosts a weekend of events including a teen lock-in, health screenings, and a basketball clinic.
    Friday, August 5, 2011

    To commemorate the pioneering efforts of the Kansas City Public Library and Truman Medical Centers, the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., celebrates the one year anniversary of its Health & Wellness Center with a weekend of events promoting an active lifestyle.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a public conversation with Boulevard Brewing Company founder John McDonald exploring how his award-winning company became the largest craft brewer in the Midwest and the largest independent American brewer  in Missouri.
    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Join a public conversation with local brewing pioneer John McDonald, founder of Boulevard Brewing Company.

    McDonald, recently named the 2011 Brewers Association Recognition Award winner, started the brewery in 1989 and hand delivered Boulevard beer to local restaurants in his pick-up truck. Today, his company employs over 90 people.

    Since 1989, the award-winning company has grown to become the largest craft brewer in the Midwest and the largest independent American brewer in Missouri.

  • Award-winning journalist John Fund discusses the legacy of Milton Friedman on what would have been the 99th birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning economist and champion  of capitalism.
    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Celebrate what would have been the 99th birthday of Milton Friedman when John Fund, political columnist for The Wall Street Journal, assesses the legacy of the late Nobel Prize-winning economist and champion of capitalism.

    Friedman was widely regarded as the leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics. His landmark work, Capitalism and Freedom, was published in 1962. In 1988, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fund has been with the Journal since April 1984.

    Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Educational Choice and the Show-Me Institute.

  • John Ferling discusses his compelling and accessible one-volume chronicle of the most pivotal period in America’s history, the battle in the Continental Congress over declaring American independence.
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    No event in American history was more pivotal — or more contested — than the decision by Congress to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain.

  • The 2011 Kansas City Architecture Series examines the fascinating history and architecture of local residences built in the decades just before the Civil War.
    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    The Plaza Branch concludes its annual Kansas City Architectures series, which in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War focused on antebellum homes this year.

    Alana Smith, president of the Westport Historical Society, shares the history of the Harris-Kearney Home, the oldest remaining brick residence located in historic Westport. The home once looked out on the Santa Fe Trail and later served as a headquarters for the Union Army. It is now located at 4000 Baltimore after being moved from its original location in 1922.

  • Kick off this year’s YOUth Fringe Festival with original bluegrass music by the Okee Dokee Brothers!
    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Friday Night Family Fun Series kicks off this year’s YOUth Fringe Festival with original bluegrass music by the Okee Dokee Brothers!

    Raised in Denver, childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing moved to Minneapolis and started their indie music band for kids, the Okee Dokee Brother

    Inspired by their own backyard adventures, the Okee Dokee Brothers currently perform original music that reminds audiences of their own “make-believes” and “tree house-pretendings.”

  • Representatives from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum discuss the scientific, social, and political changes that took place during the Eisenhower presidency. The talk complements a new exhibit on display at the Museum in Abilene, Kansas.
    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Often referred to as eight years of peace and prosperity, the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was in fact an era of great scientific, social, and political changes. Some were positive, others negative—but all came at a price and greatly affected the lives of the American people.

  • Timothy Noel Tegge, clown, illusionist, ringmaster, and curator of the Tegge Circus Archives,  speaks about his experiences in the circus and provides insight into the Reckless Beauty and Mounting Laughter exhibit.
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Born to a circus-clown father, Timothy Noel Tegge began performing in the ring by age 5. Today, while still working as a clown, he also acts as a circus illusionist, ringmaster, and performance director—and is curator of the Tegge Circus Archives, a repository of circus posters and ephemera he began collecting as a child.

  • On the 30th anniversary of Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse, Steve Kraske of The Kansas City Star leads a panel discussion of a new book about the causes of the structural failure, the rescue efforts, and the many lessons learned.
    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    July 17, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216.

    Kansas City Star Books has partnered with the Skywalk Memorial Foundation to produce a new book — A Dance, Then Disaster: The Hyatt Tragedy and Lessons Learned.

    The book explores the structural failure, the rescue efforts, and the many lessons learned—from improved first-responder techniques to revised architectural and engineering standards.

    This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.

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