Event Archive

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Format: 2015-01-29
Format: 2015-01-29
  • When the U.S. finally entered World War I, it was left to former Kansas City newspaperman George Creel – head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information – to sell the move to the largely neutral nation. Historian Timothy Westcott examines this trailblazing propagandist.
    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    George Creel, the onetime head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information, recalled in his memoir “how we advertised America.” But more accurately, his legacy was selling World War I to the country’s largely neutral populace.

  • 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.   Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.

    December's Selection:
    Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library’s 8th Annual Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks. Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books suitable for gift giving are $5-15.
    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    The Friends of the Library’s 8th Annual Pre-Owned Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks featuring eye-catching, mouth-watering recipes that will delight family and friends. Learn to cook like a top chef. Or make these recipe books a holiday gift.

    Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books are priced from $5-15.

  • Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to help tell the magical story.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.
    Friday, December 5, 2014

    Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to take the stage and help tell a magical story filled with laughter, song, and dance.

    Recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • Historian John Suprin of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines tiny Finland’s valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion launched 75 years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II.
    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Seventy-five years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II, tiny Finland began a valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion that became the stuff of modern military legend.

  • Historian Sonny Gibson discusses his new coffee table-style book on Kansas City’s African American past, the product of a 25-year effort to “raise the cultural consciousness of the current generation and set right the history books for generations to come.”
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Sonny Gibson began his 25-year effort to unearth Kansas City’s African American past with serious doubts. So much was unrecorded and seemingly unknown that he feared “the history of ‘Negroes’ was as good as lost.”

    He pressed on, however, scouring libraries, archives, flea markets, and old book stores. He waded through old magazines, newspapers, and other memorabilia. What Gibson found was a trove of materials – photographs, handbills, advertisements, newspaper clippings, social announcements, and other artifacts dating to the 1860s – that he features in his new coffee table-style book, Kansas City Early Negro History.

  • Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.  Recommended for all ages.
    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.

    Recommended for all ages.

  • Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead, singing, dancing, and celebrating the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.
    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead. Sing, dance, and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Christoph Wolff, the world’s preeminent authority on iconic composer Johann Sebastian Bach, returns to the Library to provide commentary throughout a performance by Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists.
    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    This event is at capacity. RSVPs are now closed at the presenters' request.

    Christoph Wolff, the world’s preeminent authority on iconic composer Johann Sebastian Bach, returns to the Library to provide commentary throughout a performance by Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists.

  • UMKC’s Joan FitzPatrick Dean discusses her new book on the extravagant public pageants staged in Ireland in the early 20th century to mark significant historical, political, and religious events – a sort of precursor to today’s opening ceremonies at the Olympics.
    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    In the early twentieth century, publicly staged productions of historical events became increasingly popular—and increasingly grand—in Ireland. These pageants, not unlike the opening ceremonies of today’s Olympic Games, could mobilize huge numbers of citizens in elaborate presentations that offered the Irish a sense of their own past.

    Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, looks at the historical significance of these spectacles in a discussion of her new book, All Dressed Up. She presents a nation forging an identity by reimagining its past.