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Format: 2015-02-28
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  • 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.

  • Noted pedestrian Henry Fortunato, the Library’s director of public affairs, recounts his recent 500-mile trek on foot across Kansas – his night spent at Truckhenge, the chili cook-off he judged in Wilson, encounters with county sheriffs, and other tales of the road.
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Johnson County Community College

    For four years, noted pedestrian Henry Fortunato, the Library’s director of public affairs, has been planning and preparing for his trans-Kansas trek, a 500-mile expedition on foot starting at his front door in Overland Park.

    In September and October 2014, he finally did it. Fortunato spent the night at Truckhenge and climbed to the top of the Capitol dome with the lieutenant governor. He judged a chili contest in Wilson and walked in darkness for nearly half an hour on a dirt road in blind faith that he would find the rural farmhouse where he was supposed to stay. He also had numerous encounters with county sheriffs, visited a family living in a former missile silo, and gained first-hand experience with the unique qualities of Kansas mud.

  • Kansas City’s creative writers gather the first three Wednesdays in November, joining a national movement to complete a fun, seat-of-your-pants, 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. Laptops (and coffee) are provided.
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Every Wednesday we will have an official National Novel Writing Month Write-In, lead by Nanowrimo Municipal Liaisons. Laptops and coffee will be available to help churn out those novels!

  • Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch co-founded H&R Block Inc. in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company. During Global Entrepreneurship Week, he sits down with son Tom Bloch to outline what others can learn from his experiences.
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    One of Kansas City’s greatest entrepreneurs, Henry W. Bloch co-founded H&R Block Inc. in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company.

    Now 92, he sits down with his son, Tom Bloch, for a conversation covering seven timeless lessons for entrepreneurs gleaned from his experiences. The presentation is held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week and the paperback release of the younger Bloch’s 2010 book Many Happy Returns: The Story of Henry Bloch, America’s Tax Man.

    Tom Bloch worked closely with his father at H&R Block for nearly two decades. He left the company in 1995 to teach in inner-city Kansas City, and co-founded University Academy.

  • Historian Bill Tuttle details  the century-long fight for freedom by African Americans at the University of Kansas – an institution, like others in Lawrence, that once congratulated itself on an open admissions policy while enforcing strict racial separation.
    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Although Kansas joined the Union as a free state, African Americans entering this new land looking for homes and livelihoods encountered a rigid color line. The conflict between lofty ideals and racist realities became a central theme of the African American experience in Kansas.

    In Separate But Not Equal: The Quest for African American Civil Rights at the University of Kansas, 1865-1970, historian Bill Tuttle details the story of a century-old fight for freedom at the state’s flagship university – which mirrored many Lawrence institutions in congratulating itself on its racially open admissions policy while enforcing until the 1960s a strict Jim Crow system of racial separation.

  • As explorers and pioneers arrived in Missouri, what kind of wildlife did they see? Staff members from the Wornall/Majors House Museums and Operation WildLife help answer that question – accompanied by live animals.
    Friday, November 14, 2014

    As explorers and pioneers arrived in Missouri, what kind of wildlife did they see?

    Staff members from the co-presenting Wornall/Majors House Museums and Operation WildLife, the largest publicly funded wildlife clinic in Kansas, are on hand to help answer that question – accompanied by live animals.

    Recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • Sandra Moran discusses her debut novel – about three women united by love and kinship, struggling to conform to the social norms of their times – which has won raves and awards from the LGBT community since its 2013 release.
    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Sandra Moran’s first novel, Letters Never Sent, resonated deeply in the LGBT community when it was released a little more than a year ago.

    She discusses her story of three women, united by love and kinship and struggling to conform to the social norms of their times, which won 2013 Rainbow Awards for best lesbian historical romance and best lesbian debut novel. This year, it earned the Golden Crown Literary Society’s General Fiction Award and Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award.

    An assistant adjunct professor of anthropology at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Moran previously worked as a reporter for The Topeka Capital-Journal and on the staff of Kansas Gov. Bill Graves.