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Format: 2014-07-31
Format: 2014-07-31
  • Writer Deborah Shouse discusses her book about caring for her aging mother. She is joined by storyteller Ron Zoglin and Alzheimer’s expert  Michelle Niedens.
    Sunday, November 10, 2013

    During her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, Deborah Shouse explored ways to connect with her and developed new rituals to anchor holidays and other celebrations. She is joined by Ron Zoglin, a professional storyteller, and Michelle Niedens, education director of the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, for a discussion of her book, which offers humor and hope to family members, friends, and caregivers.

  • The 14th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration begins with a Friday Night Family Fun event for all ages and a Ghost Stories presentation for ages 10 and up.
    Friday, November 8, 2013

    The 14th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features folk tales, historical sagas, performance art, intergalactic yarns and more.

    The celebration begins with Friday Night Family Fun at 6:30 p.m. in the Kids’ Corner,with the Sadarri and Company Multilingual Storytellers followed by Ghost Stories in the Truman Auditorium at 7 p.m. with: Peter Cook, Marilyn Kinsella, Willy Claflin, and Rosie Cutrer.

  • In a discussion of his new book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, author Richard Moe examines FDR’s decision to seek a third term, a choice that secured the advances of the New Deal and helped America prepare for another World War.
    Thursday, November 7, 2013


    This event has been canceled at the author’s request due to an illness.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was contemplating retirement when war broke out in Europe and he was forced to decide whether to seek a third term, both to lead the American mobilization and preserve the advances of the New Deal.

    In a discussion of his new book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, Richard Moe examines Roosevelt’s duality: the bold, moral statesman who set lofty and principled goals, and the arrogant, manipulative politician in pursuit of them.

  • Financial expert Mark Skousen discusses his book Maxims of Wall Street, which includes more than 800 adages from such notable figures as Warren Buffett,  J.P. Morgan, and Steve Forbes.
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    For nearly 30 years Mark Skousen — financial economist, university professor, and author — has been collecting the wisdom of Wall Street in the form of adages, proverbs, and legends. He discusses how interviews with financial old-timers, his reading of rare business books, and his own experiences in the markets has resulted in his new collection of pithy sayings and observations in Maxims of Wall Street: A Compendium of Financial Adages, Ancient Proverbs, and Worldly Wisdom.

  • Legendary BBC reporter Martin Bell – Britain’s answer to Walter Cronkite – discusses his life, war experiences, career in Parliament, and recent incarnation as a poet.
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    In the same way that Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America,” Martin Bell represents journalistic integrity and straight talk to several generations of Britons.

    Beyond his career as a reporter, Bell is a member of the Order of the British Empire who has also been elected to Parliament, an ambassador for UNICEF, and a tireless critic of the state of journalism.

    Now Bell discusses his life, his war experiences, his brief political career, and his recent incarnation as a poet.

    Co-sponsored by the English-Speaking Union.

  • Author Mira Bartok offers a common-sense guide to navigating the world of publishing, from finding an agent and publisher to undergoing the editorial process and handling publicity.
    Monday, November 4, 2013

    The creative challenges of writing a book are at least matched by the difficulty of shepherding it to publication.

    Author Mira Bartok offers a common-sense guide to navigating the world of publishing, from finding an agent and publisher to undergoing the editorial process and handling publicity.

  • 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.