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Format: 2016-02-08
Format: 2016-02-08
  • In a discussion of their new book, former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Montgomery, Hall of Fame swimming coach Peter Malone, and psychologist Andrew Jacobs examine the problems with today’s overwrought youth sports scene and how to fix them.
    Wednesday, December 2, 2015

    The stories seem more prevalent and disturbing today than ever: kids being pushed in one or more sports to the point of burnout before high school, parents fighting with referees and umpires, coaches berating their pint-sized players.

    Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Montgomery, psychologist Andrew Jacobs, and Hall of Fame swimming coach Peter Malone have seen firsthand the issues that are making youth sports increasingly difficult for all – especially the young participants.

  • Award-winning filmmaker  Tim Matsui shines a light on the issue of sex trafficking with a screening of his documentary The Long Night. Following the film, local advocates discuss how Kansas City is combating the issue.
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    We hear and read of it abroad, but the trafficking of underage girls for sex is all too common in America. Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist and producer Tim Matsui shines a light on the issue in his riveting documentary, The Long Night, weaving together the stories of seven people — young girls who were forced or coerced into the sex trade, their parents, and police — whose lives have been forever changed.

    Set in Seattle, the 72-minute film was named Pictures of the Year International’s top documentary project of 2014. It is screened at the Plaza Branch’s Truman Forum Auditorium. Matsui leads a subsequent discussion with Kristy Childs, a trafficking survivor who founded the service organization Veronica’s Voice; Craig Hill, a retired Leawood, Kansas, police detective now working as a training consultant with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and FBI sex crimes investigator Megan Kline.

  • 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 27, 2015

    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 KC-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

    On the day of the show, Jim will collect winter clothing items on behalf of the nonprofit Artists Helping the Homeless (artistshelpingthehomeless​.org). Items of need range from socks and long underwear to gloves, scarves, and hats. All sizes accepted (adult large and XL items needed most). Appropriate for all ages.

  • Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld the music of Vivaldi’s most famous concerto, “The Four Seasons,” with the glorious language of Shakespeare’s poetry.
    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Antonio Vivaldi wrote more than 500 concertos, none more famous than “The Four Seasons.” The renowned composer’s depictions of rustling leaves, shimmering snow, and the rejuvenation of spring are as vivid today as they were when the set was first published nearly three centuries ago.

    Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld the memorable music with the glorious language of Shakespeare’s poetry. The concert features BAS violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, harpsichordist-organist Elisa Williams Bickers, and guest guitarist Douglas Niedt along with Heart of America Shakespeare Festival actors.

  • Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm – Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge – offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.
    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    RSVP: 816.701.3482

    Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

    Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.

  • Award-winning author Andrea Warren discusses the fascinating subject of her latest nonfiction book for young readers, Billy Cody, who went from boyhood in rural Kansas to fame as scout, Indian fighter, and hunter Buffalo Bill.  Appropriate for ages 9 and up.
    Friday, November 20, 2015

    Billy Cody lived as a boy on a homestead in Kansas, went to work at age 11 when his father was killed in the Civil War-era border war with Missouri, became a Pony Express rider at 14, and ultimately learned the skills of a scout, Indian fighter, and buffalo hunter. He gained worldwide fame as Buffalo Bill, star of the traveling Wild West shows.

    Award-winning author Andrea Warren discusses the subject of her latest nonfiction book for young readers, The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

  • The Jeep made its military debut 75 years ago, soon spawned a civilian version, and became the forerunner of the modern SUV. Louis DiMarco of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines its history and legacy.
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    The U.S. Army wanted something lightweight, fast, and versatile when it put out a call to auto manufacturers for an all-terrain reconnaissance vehicle at the advent of World War II. It got that and more – the Jeep, which rolled out on Armistice Day in 1940, spawned a civilian version five years later, and became the forerunner of the modern SUV.

    Louis DiMarco, an associate professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, looks at the development, history, and legacy of the Jeep in conjunction with its 75th anniversary. Famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle marveled in 1943 that “it does everything. It goes everywhere. It's as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat.” The brand remains iconic today.

  • Four of the area’s top sports photographers – David Eulitt  and John Sleezer of The Kansas City Star and KC-based freelancers Jamie Squire and Denny Medley – share a number of favorite images as they discuss their  work and what makes a great sports shot.
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    From baseball’s Royals to football’s Chiefs to soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, KC’s sports teams play to a notably enthusiastic fan base – amid a rapid-fire click of shutters as local photographers chronicle the thrills, spills, and on- and off-the-field drama.

    Three of the best, David Eulitt and John Sleezer of The Kansas City Star and KC-based freelancers Jamie Squire and Denny Medley, share samples of their work and discuss what makes a great sports photo. The event complements the Pictures of the Year International exhibit Visions of Excellence on display at the Central Library through November 29.

  • Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm – Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge – offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    RSVP: 816.701.3482

    Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

    Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.

  • Continuing a series of monthly films as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the illuminating documentary Autism in Love, which follows four individuals with autism as they pursue or manage romance.
    Saturday, November 14, 2015

    What happens when children with autism become adults with autism and want to have lives, including romantic relationships, of their own? The new documentary Autism in Love deftly humanizes those who fall on the autism spectrum, following four individuals — a socially isolated young man, a couple in their 30s working through the challenges of long-term commitment, and a middle-aged man whose wife is gravely ill — as they pursue or manage romance.

    The film is screened as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. A discussion follows; panelists include representatives from the Kansas City chapter of the advocacy organization Autism Speaks.

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