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Format: 2016-07-29
Format: 2016-07-29
  • Alexandra Fuller, the author of two acclaimed books on growing up in southern Africa and her colorful, often dysfunctional parents, discusses her third memoir – about divorce, relocation to the U.S., and an enduring connection to the land she left behind.
    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    On their first date, a canoe outing in southern Africa, where they both lived, Alexandra Fuller and husband-to-be Charlie Ross were charged by an elephant. An unflustered safari leader, he held his ground. She came away impressed.

    Their marriage of 20 years brought a move to America and produced three children, but it ultimately fell apart. Fuller, the author of two acclaimed, searingly honest books about her upbringing in Rhodesia and her colorful, often dysfunctional parents, discusses her third memoir – about the divorce, about her relocation to the U.S., and about her enduring connection to Africa and all she left behind there.

  • The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns featuring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.  Kramer vs Kramer (1979; PG)
    Sunday, January 10, 2016

    The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with psychological studies of films starring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. A discussion follows each screening.

    Dustin Hoffman plays Ted, a workaholic advertising executive who comes home one day to discover that wife Joanna (Streep) is leaving him and their young son Billy. She needs to find herself, she says. Father and son make a difficult adjustment, learning to live without her, until Joanna returns 15 months later to claim the boy, touching off a nasty custody battle.

    Post-screening discussion led by psychoanalyst Bonnie Buchele and Trey Hock, an assistant professor in the filmmaking department at the Kansas City Art Institute.

  • Continuing a series of films as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary In Football We Trust, which spotlights the sport’s pull on youngsters in America’s Polynesian population. A discussion follows.
    Saturday, January 9, 2016

    Football holds a natural appeal to America’s emerging Polynesian population, whose warrior heritage fits a sport noted for stunning athleticism and on-the-field violence. The documentary In Football We Trust spotlights the connection, following four young Polynesian players in Salt Lake City, Utah — a chief source of the modern influx of Pacific Islanders into the NFL — as they strive to overcome gang violence and near-poverty through the promise of college and professional football. It’s seen as a pipeline to the American Dream.

  • In a discussion of their new book, University of Kansas professors William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis examine the dilemma facing today’s college graduates: They’re leaving school in deep, crippling debt.
    Thursday, January 7, 2016

    College graduates last May held an unenviable distinction: They left school deeper in debt than any class before them. Those who’d taken out student loans owed, on average, a little over $35,000, more than doubling the amount of two decades earlier.

    In a discussion of their new book, William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis examine the dilemma of young people beginning their careers with a negative net worth. The two University of Kansas professors call, in part, for states and the federal government to establish savings accounts for students during their childhood rather than awarding thousands of dollars at the end of high school – a move they say would promote dramatically different behavior and saving strategies for families.

  • Kansas City's Shane W. Evans, the nationally acclaimed illustrator of more than 30 children's books, and actress, model, and singer Holly Robinson Peete discuss their heartwarming picture book about a boy who happens to be autistic.
    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Kansas City's Shane W. Evans, who has earned national acclaim as the illustrator of more than 30 children's books, joins actress, model, and singer Holly Robinson Peete in a discussion of their heartwarming picture book My Brother Charlie.

  • 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.   Mustache Baby by  Bridget Heos
    Sunday, January 3, 2016

    Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Celebrate the new year a day and a half early. Youngsters who can’t stay up ’til midnight can enjoy their own countdown to 2016 during this festive morning of games.     Appropriate for ages up to 8.
    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Celebrate the new year a day and a half early! Young ones who can’t stay up ‘til midnight can enjoy their own countdown to 2016 during this morning of games. Appropriate for ages up to 8 years old.

  • Kids can show off their food-based architecture skills, building a graham cracker home – the alternative to a gingerbread house – during a morning of holiday crafts and games.    Appropriate for ages up to 8.
    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Kids can show off their food-based architectural skills by building a graham cracker house (like a gingerbread house, only with graham crackers) during a morning of holiday crafts and games. Non-holiday crafts will also be available. Appropriate for ages up to 8 years old.

  • The Kansas City Digital Media Lab invites young makers of all skill levels to join in this day of digital building and storytelling. Activities range from 3-D design and building to stop motion animation, LEGO construction, and re-creating several KC landmarks in Minecraft.
    Saturday, December 12, 2015

    Young and aspiring makers are invited to a day of digital building and storytelling.

    Activities include 3-D design and building, stop motion animation, LEGO construction, and recreating several local landmarks in Minecraft. Participants of all skill levels have five hours to complete a project, guided by representatives from the Library’s Department of Youth & Family Engagement and Kansas City Digital Media Lab, Science City, Urban TEC, and aSTEAM Village. Made possible by the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. Ages 9-18.

  • Kansas-based Piccadilly Productions delivers a sweet, family-friendly show featuring Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, December 11, 2015

    Piccadilly Productions delivers a sweet, family-friendly show featuring Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues. All ages.

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