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Format: 2015-04-28
Format: 2015-04-28
  • The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Malcolm X (1992; PG-13)
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

    Spike Lee co-wrote, produced, and directed this critically acclaimed study of the African American activist, drawing from Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X. Denzel Washington was Oscar-nominated for his performance in the title role. Rated PG-13, 202 minutes.

    Discussion leader: Veronica Wilson-Tagoe, teaching professor of black studies, UMKC.

  • The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, kicks off with a poignant look at a relationship between a man and a women revealed in a lifetime of letters they read on stage.
    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, kicks off a series of Love Stories with the intimate, two-character play Love Letters.

    A.R. Gurney’s poignant piece chronicles the 50-year relationship between a man and a woman — first as children, then as lovers, and finally as friends — through letters they exchanged during their lives and now read on stage. Premiering in 1988, the play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990.

  • Computers are everywhere, yet only one in 10 schools offers programming classes. Youth can get a taste at the Library, joining in an encore session of Hour of Code events. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Computers are everywhere, yet only one in 10 schools offers computer programming classes. Youth can get a taste here, joining in an encore session of Hour of Code events. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices, though Library devices are available to share. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Urban League of Greater Kansas City President Gwendolyn Grant hosts a discussion of data from the 2015 State of Black Kansas City. The event features remarks by authors and other individuals who contributed to the 2015 report.

  • In the 2015 McKinzie Lecture, Saint Louis University’s Lorri Glover focuses on Washington, Jefferson, and other icons of history in discussing her book on how the American Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions.
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Even as they were laying the framework for a new country, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many of America’s other Founding Fathers were tending to another vital duty. They were raising families.

    Saint Louis University history professor Lorri Glover discusses her new book, the first to explore how the Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions. Focusing on Washington, Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry, she describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by 19th-century descendants.

  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

    Director Neil LaBute’s adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s novel tells the story of a pair of literary sleuths as they unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. 102 minutes, Rated PG-13.

  • The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973; PG)
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

    Lawrence Cook joins the CIA but is merely the agency’s token black. Disillusioned, he drops out and uses his training to plot a new American Revolution. Taken from the 1969 novel by Sam Greenlee. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

  • Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

    Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  • Former Kansas City Mayor Richard L. Berkley, an avid photographer, has snapped thousands of photos of the political leaders, entertainers, and other celebrities he has met. He offers an illustrated retrospective coinciding with an exhibit at the Central Library.
    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Richard L. Berkley once said, “I like meeting people.” Before, during, and after his record three-term tenure as Kansas City’s mayor — from 1979 to 1991 — he met hundreds of political leaders, entertainers, sports stars, and other celebrities. Most times, he asked to take their pictures. Berkley’s personal collection ranges from images of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to shots of Bo Jackson, George Brett, Annie Liebovitz, and Joanne Woodward.

  • Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

    Based on Terry McMillan’s novel, Waiting to Exhale celebrates the friendship of four very different African-American women as they support each other through the trials and tribulations of relationships, careers, and family life. With Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Directed by Forest Whitaker. 124 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.