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Format: 2014-07-23
Format: 2014-07-23
  • 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. It’s a Tiger! by Lester L. Laminack
    Sunday, November 3, 2013

    Coterie Theatre Artists read from favorite children's books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to "jump into the story" and participate in an improvised story of their own making.

    Appropriate for all ages, Dramatic Story Time programs take place one Sunday each month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2013-2014 school year, beginning October 6, 2013.

  • Join us the day after Halloween for a sugar-free experience at the Plaza Branch. Be prepared to sing, dance, and listen to a not-so-scary Halloween story. Appropriate for all ages.  Children are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes.
    Friday, November 1, 2013

    Join us the day after Halloween for sugar-free fun! Be prepared to sing, dance, and listen to a not-so-scary Halloween story.

    For 15 years Kansas City’s Kevin “Dino O’Dell” Dolan has taught music, drama, language arts, and improvisation at preschools, elementary schools, theaters, churches, and libraries.

    Appropriate for all ages. Children are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes.

  • Author and funeral reform advocate Joshua Slocum examines the new movement to allow survivors a greater hand in final rites, from home burials and green burials to direct arrangements with a crematory.
    Friday, November 1, 2013

    Abuse of consumers by the funeral industry has only worsened in the decades since Jessica Mitford’s landmark expose The American Way of Death. But a funeral consumer movement is awakening, as Joshua Slocum explains in a discussion of his book Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death.

    As with natural childbirth and hospice care, Americans are asserting their right to take charge of this major event in their lives. Many still want the help of a funeral director – but to assist, not direct. And many are handling it themselves with home burials, green burials, or direct arrangements with a crematory.

  • Real-life U.S. Marshal Anthony Gasaway discusses the history of the U.S. Marshal’s Service and explains how the duties performed by True Grit’s fictional Rooster Cogburn compare with those assumed by members of today’s U.S. Marshal’s Service.
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013


    The fictional Rooster Cogburn, made famous in Charles Portis’ novel True Grit, is probably a bit too idiosyncratic—cranky, bellicose, boozy, trigger-happy—to be a successful modern-day U.S. marshal.

    But as U.S. Marshal Anthony Gasaway explains, Cogburn’s story nevertheless reveals many truths about the professional duties and dangers faced by officers of the country’s oldest law enforcement agency. He discusses the history of the U.S. Marshal Service and the role it plays in law enforcement today in a program titled U.S. Marshals: A Popular History of the Nation’s Oldest Law Enforcement Agency.

  • Harvard’s Ali Asani explores the art and literature of Islam in a discussion of the sacred, complex, and culturally diverse world of Muslim culture.
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    “God is beautiful and loves beauty,” said the Prophet Muhammad. Now Harvard’s Ali Asani explores various artistic and literary forms to open the sacred, complex, and culturally diverse worlds of Islam. “The arts help to humanize cultures where political discourse based on nationalist ideologies tend to dehumanize,” Asani says.

    Asani is chair of the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department and the director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

  • Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    The Bride of Frankenstein (1935; NR)
    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    James Whale’s Frankenstein was a somber adaptation of Mary Shelly’s 1818 novel about a scientist who builds a creature from dead bodies and gives it life. It made an overnight star of actor Boris Karloff, who played the mute “monster.” The Bride of Frankenstein employed most of the same creative team that produced the original Frankenstein four years earlier. Yet this sequel is a much different animal – and much superior.

  • Members of the Out Loud Teen Readers’ Theatre present their interpretation of this year’s Big Read pick, True Grit. Appropriate for ages 11 – 18.
    Friday, October 25, 2013


    Members of the Out Loud Teen Readers’ Theatre, made up of local teens interested in reading, performing, and sharing stories, bring to life the compelling and complex characters of this year’s Big Read pick, True Grit.

    The young actors will have spent three weeks rehearsing their performance. Their efforts culminate in this interpretation of Charles Portis’ classic Western novel. Appropriate for ages 11-18.

  • Moderator Jane Wood and panelists Brenda Bethman, Crystal Gorham Doss, and Adrianne Russell discuss whether True Grit’s Mattie Ross is a genuine feminist hero or merely a woman who mimics traditional manly virtues.
    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Is True Grit’s Mattie Ross a genuine feminist hero or a merely a woman who mimics traditional masculinity?

    Panelists Brenda Bethman, Adrianne Russell, and Crystal Gorham Doss — led by moderator Jane Wood — discuss the concept of the female hero and how this image has evolved. They delve into questions of the media portrayal of women (with special note of the Western genre), diversity in female depiction of heroism, and current activism in the Kansas City area to empower women and girls.

     

  • Harvard University professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discusses her new biography of Benjamin Franklin’s younger sister, Jane-a passionate reader, gifted writer, shrewd political commentator, and mother of 12.
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Like her older brother, Benjamin, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and a shrewd political observer. While he was rich and famous, she was poor and obscure. Yet Jane was a constant presence and influence in her brother’s life—in fact, Benjamin Franklin wrote more letters to her than to any other individual.

    Historian Jill Lepore explores this extraordinary, overlooked life in a discussion of her new book Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin.

    Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

  • Martin Espada, widely recognized as “the Latino poet of his generation,” reads from and discusses his most recent award-winning collection of poems, The Trouble Ball.
    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Martin Espada, widely recognized as “the Latino poet of his generation,” joins Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air for a reading and discussion based on his most recent collection of poems, The Trouble Ball, winner of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award, and an International Latino Book Award.