Thursday, October 23, 2014
In 1864, Confederate Gen. Sterling Price mounted a last-gasp raid into Missouri in hopes of capturing St. Louis and ultimately the state. The end of the line, for all practical purposes, was Westport, where Price’s army – after passing up St. Louis and then failing to take Jefferson City – absorbed a decisive defeat and began its retreat.
On the 150th anniversary of the October 23, 1864, Battle of Westport, military historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth explains how the encounter ended the conventional Confederate military presence in Missouri. He also examines the worst aspects of the guerrilla war that plagued the state from 1861-64.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The renowned Native American artist and storyteller known as Black Pinto Horse talks about his artwork, how it has empowered him as an adult, and how it made him a successful student in his younger years. Weaving in traditional Native stories and teachings, he encourages healthy choices and respect.
Co-presented by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
An offshoot of KC FilmFest’s annual Reel Spirit youth film competition, this all-day family event screens award-winning shorts and a free family feature and offers interactive filmmaking workshops on important storytelling principles.
Making a special appearance is Hallmark Cards artist and head of character development Pedro Martin, who works with the animated hoops&yoyo characters and created Asteroid Andy. He discusses and shows clips of his work, including the conception of new Hallmark character Penny Paperheart, and introduces the animated movie hoops&yoyo’s Haunted Halloween.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
More than four years after Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission eased restrictions on political and campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, arguments over the Supreme Court’s ruling rage on.
Supporters hold to the court’s assertion that political speech is indispensable to democracy “and this is no less true because the speech comes from a corporation rather than an individual.” Jeff Clements is among the opponents who see a ruinously unfair advantage for candidates who can cultivate the wealthiest donors.
Clements, the founder of Free Speech for People, a nonpartisan movement to overturn the 2010 decision, makes his case in a discussion of his book, Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Dress up in your Halloween Costumes and stop by the library between 5 - 7:00 p.m. for Halloween crafts, games, and more! For families.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Americans unfamiliar or perhaps unconcerned with the Islamic State — ISIS — snapped to attention with the group’s beheading of two journalists.
Middle East specialist Brian L. Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, lends historical context to the expanding Sunni organization. Its leader has taken the name of the first Caliph, or Muslim head of state, and like Islamic warriors of the 7th Century has pledged to “conquer Rome.” ISIS also echoes the words of 12th-Century Muslim leader Nur al-Din and his successor, Saladin, as they sought to extend their control from Mosul to Damascus and then Cairo.
Steed presents a cultural, religious, and historical backdrop to today’s events.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Children's songwriter Dino O'Dell sings and tells stories of space aliens, monsters under the bed, and swimming in peanut butter. Put on your Halloween costume and join in the fun at the North-East branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
Friday, October 31, 2014
If trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, join us a screening of Tim Burton’s 1993 classic animated film.
Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington – the Pumpkin King – longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.
Rated PG, the movie is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.
The Night the Scary Beasties Popped Out of My Head by Daniel & David Kamish
Appropriate for all ages.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Although Kansas entered the Union as a free state, African Americans entering this new land looking for homes and livelihoods encountered a rigid color line. This conflict between lofty ideals and racist realities became the central theme of the African American experience in Kansas. Historian Bill Tuttle details the story of a century-old fight for freedom: the struggle by black Americans and their white allies to eradicate discrimination, second-class citizenship, and racist indignities. The University of Kansas congratulated itself on its racially open admissions policy but enforced a strict Jim Crow system of racial separation, with change only coming in the 1960s.