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Format: 2014-09-23
Format: 2014-09-23
  • Celebrate the release of the eighth book in the Wimpy Kid series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. Appropriate for grades K-6.
    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Have you read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules or Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days?

    Whether you are an avid reader of the series or only recently discovered Greg, Rodrick, and Rowley in 2012’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, come out and celebrate the release of the eighth book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Drawing from his book Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy, historian Phillip G. Payne examines what is widely regarded as the most corrupt presidency in American history.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    If George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the saints in America’s civil religion, then the 29th president, Warren G. Harding, is our sinner, consistently judged a failure and ranked dead last among his peers.

  • Author Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses her latest novel, a mystery in which reporter Jane Ryland investigates a respected adoption agency that may be guilty of the ultimate betrayal: reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Agatha Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses her latest mystery, The Wrong Girl, about an investigation of a respected adoption agency that may be guilty of the ultimate betrayal: reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

    Ryan is the creator of the Charlotte McNally series of mysteries (Prime Time, Air Time, Face Time, and Drive Time) and has won 30 Emmys for her investigative reporting for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She is also the president of Sisters in Crime, which supports women who write mysteries.

  • Biographer Terry Teachout discusses his new book about Duke Ellington, the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century — and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand.
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century – and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. Biographer Terry Teachout sheds new light on this creative genius in a discussion of his new book about the grandson of a slave who wrote such classics as “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady.”

    Teachout, a Kansas City resident from 1975 to 1983, is the author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, and the play Satchmo at the Waldorf. For The Wall Street Journal, he is drama critic and the author of “Sightings,” a column about the arts in America. He is the critic-at-large at Commentary, and writes the blog About Last Night.

  • Join us for a screening of From One Second to the Next, a short documentary by noted filmmaker Werner Herzog, which looks at four individuals who have caused or been the victims of texting-and-driving accidents.
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Join us for a screening of a new documentary by noted director Werner Herzog, From One Second to the Next, part of the “It Can Wait” campaign to stop texting and driving.

    The film includes a variety of vignettes featuring texting-and-driving perpetrators and surviving victims and their relatives who recount traumatic accidents and explain how their lives were forever changed. The “It Can Wait” campaign was launched to educate the public about the dangerous practice and secure pledges to abstain from it.

  • Experts from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth – Ethan S. Rafuse, Terry Beckenbaugh, Gregory S. Hospodor, and Randy Mullis – weigh in on the impact Gettysburg had on the greater Civil War.
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Even for those of us unfamiliar with history, the very name “Gettysburg” suggests a monumental clash of armies. But beyond the chaos of the battle itself, what was the impact of Gettysburg on the greater Civil War?

    Four historians from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth address the question in Gettysburg: The Most Important Event of 1863?

    Participants include Ethan S. Rafuse, professor of military history, and associate professors Terry Beckenbaugh, Gregory S. Hospodor, and Randy Mullis.

  • Phil S. Dixon, author of Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob, examines the life of the local fighter who was the world’s No. 2 lightweight but fell into obscurity after testifying in court about mob attempts to control the lightweight division.
    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, Kansas City native Tommy Campbell won 50 professional fights and became the world’s No. 2 lightweight. But thanks to a run-in with organized crime, he is now all but forgotten in the town that nurtured him.

    Phil S. Dixon, author of Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob, relates how Campbell became the only fighter to testify in court about how mobsters attempted to seize control of the lightweight division, muscling him into throwing one fight.

  • Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    Breathless (1960; NR) French with English subtitles
    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    A crime drama about a charismatic Paris thug (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who initiates a torrid affair with a beautiful young American (Jean Seberg), Breathless is among the most influential films ever made … not for the story but for its style. Director Jean-Luc Godard shot surreptitiously on real streets and cut the footage into jarring jump shots that seemed to kick the story forward.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts the 2013 Young Adult Literature Festival with Rainbow Rowell, Jacqueline Woodson, and John Green, presented by Reading Reptile and sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Meet leading authors of young adult literature, purchase books, and get autographs.

    YA Literature Workshop: 8:00 to Noon
    Tickets to the workshop have sold out.

    Book Signing: 1 - 3 p.m.
    Admission to the book signing is free and open to the public

  • Run away with the circus as Happy Faces Entertainment ringmaster Dennis Porter presents an interactive program of music, magic, juggling, and more. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Run away with the circus as Happy Faces Entertainment ringmaster Dennis Porter takes you into the excitement of the big top. Enjoy an interactive program of music, magic, juggling, and more.

    Porter has worked with communities, educational institutions, churches, amusement parks and professional theaters around the country, performing as a clown, actor, magician, storyteller, educator, and emcee.

    Appropriate for all ages.