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Format: 2014-09-20
Format: 2014-09-20
  • A Cultural Celebration of Liberia
    Saturday, June 14, 2014

    Join Michelle Pond, Judith Towse Roberts, and Rhiannon Ross, Kansas City artists, writers and members of Rocket Grants 2012 Award-winning team Vox Narro, for an afternoon celebrating Kansas City’s Liberian community. Following the presentations, sample a variety of West African cuisine.

    The program and post-event reception are presented by the Vox Narro project, which pairs writers and immigrant groups for a discussion of the cultural traditions and stories of immigrant communities. Vox Narro is supported by the Rocket Grants program, which is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in support of innovative, public-oriented work in nontraditional spaces.

  • StoneLion and super genius Einstein R Rat star in “The Lab Rat Science Experiment,” a wacky, musical, and thoroughly entertaining introduction to magnetic attraction and other science concepts.  Recommended for preschool through 6th grade.
    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Fizz! Boom! Pow! A science experiment has gone terribly wrong, and the animals have taken over the lab. Will they take over the world? Join StoneLion and Einstein R Rat, super genius, in this wacky musical – “The Lab Rat Science Experiment” – for the answers to those questions and an entertaining introduction to the three states of matter, magnetic attraction, and other awesome science concepts.

    Recommended for preschool through 6th grade.

  • Local designers and fashion experts Hadley Johnson, Joni Johnson, Tara Light, Susan Cannon, Maegan Stracy, and Tom Paolini discuss their work in advance of KC’s premiere fashion event. KC Magazine’s Katie van Luchene moderates.
    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Featuring as many as three dozen local garment and accessory designers, the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show has become the cornerstone of forward-thinking fashion design in Kansas City. In advance of this year’s event (scheduled for June 14) celebrated fashion professionals discuss their work at the Central Library.

    Participating are fashion designers and professionals Hadley Johnson, Joni Johnson, Tara Light, and Tom Paolini, plus fashion editor-writer-stylist Susan Cannon and multimedia artist-designer Maegan Stracy. Katie van Luchene of KC Magazine and Good Health KC moderates.

  • Kansas City is brimming with trails, and a panel of experts moderated by noted pedestrian Henry Fortunato and including the heads of recreation departments in Overland Park, Liberty, and Kansas City offer a thumbnail guide to the area’s  best walks.
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    A panel of experts from Kansas and Missouri discusses ongoing efforts to develop MetroGreen, a system of nature areas, greenways, and trails throughout the Kansas City area.

    The panel includes Mark McHenry, Director of Kansas City Parks, Recreation, and Boulevards; Greg Ruether, Director of Parks Services for the City of Overland Park; and Janet Snook Bartnik, Director of Liberty Parks and Recreation. Tom Jacobs, director of environmental programs at the Mid-America Regional Council, opens the program with an overview of the MetroGreen system and its contemplated 1,144 mile network.

    The discussion and a subsequent open forum is moderated by noted pedestrian Henry Fortunato, the Library's director of public affairs.

  • S. Frederick Starr discusses his book about Asia’s medieval enlightenment, a virtually unparalleled explosion of knowledge in areas from mathematics and astronomy to music and philosophy. Its impact rippled across Asia and into European culture.
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    This event has been canceled at the speaker’s request due to a scheduling conflict. We will make every effort to notify interested persons when and if the program is rescheduled.

    Rarely has history seen a more impressive and sustained display of intellect than that of medieval Central Asia, which between the years 800 and 1200 led the world in trade and economic development, the sophistication of its cities, and advances in disciplines ranging from mathematics and astronomy to music and philosophy.

  • Prepare to be mesmerized by the wild world of animals and a host of wonderful fun facts presented by the Kansas City Zoo.  Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Be prepared to become mesmerized by the wild world of animals and all their wonderful fun facts. Our friends from the Kansas City Zoo will take you on a magical journey around the world discovering animals and their homes.

    Appropriate for ages 3 and up.

  • World War II veteran Dick Cole joins Park University professor Dennis Okerstrom for a discussion of the 1st Air Commando Group, a forerunner to modern special operations units. Cole was a member of the team.
    Monday, June 9, 2014

    World War II veteran Dick Cole, 98, joins Park University professor Dennis Okerstrom for a discussion of the 1st Air Commando Group, a forerunner to modern special operations units such as SEAL Team Six and Delta Force.

    Cole and Okerstrom will discuss the first air commando raid as well as Cole’s other World War II experiences, including serving as Jimmy Doolittle co-pilot during the Tokyo Raid.

    The 1st Air Commando Group, whose ranks included former child actor Jackie Coogan, grew out of a top-secret project to invade Japanese-occupied Burma by glider.

    Okerstrom is the author of Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II.

  • In conjunction with a reprise of the Library’s award-winning Greetings from Kansas City exhibit of vintage postcards, Steve Noll of the Jackson County Historical Society leads an illustrated walk through Kansas City’s postcard past.
    Sunday, June 8, 2014

    Postcards were the “instant messages” of their day, a means of communicating hometown pride, civic identity, and a visitor’s curiosity. But where today’s electronic missives disappear with a click, the images and notes on vintage postcards endure – doorways to lost worlds.

    Steve Noll, executive director of the Jackson County Historical Society and a postcard collector, leads an illustrated walk through Kansas City’s postcard history.

    This event is keyed to the exhibit Greetings from Kansas City: Postcard Views of a Midwestern Metropolis, 1900-1950 currently on display at the Central Library. First shown in 2013, the exhibit is being reprised after earning the American Library Association’s Excellence in Library Programming Award.

  • Join Dino O’Dell at your interstellar Library branch for a musical, storytelling adventure revolving around stars, meteors, and planets.   Recommended for ages 3-10.
    Friday, June 6, 2014

    Join Dino at your interstellar Library branch for a musical storytelling adventure revolving around stars, meteors, and planets. Meet Grandpa O’Dell, space alien Zar, and the cowboy stargazer, Joe, in this educational, interactive, and fun show.

    Whether he’s counting monsters, fixing spaceships, or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales engage curiosity, inspire laughter, and stir the imagination.

    Recommended for ages 3-10.

  • Author Jennifer Senior focuses on parenthood rather than parenting in this honest, and sometimes humorous, examination of the way children deepen and add purpose to our lives. And in the process, she makes parents everywhere feel better about their lives, their relationships, and their children.
    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But what are the effects of children on their parents? New York magazine’s Jennifer Senior digs into that question in a discussion of her new book.

    Senior examines the history and changing definition of what it means to be a parent, analyzing the many ways in which children reshape parents’ lives – their marriages, jobs, habits, hobbies, friendships, and internal sense of self. Her book follows mothers and fathers through parenthood’s deepest vexations and finest rewards.