The Library continues its 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances and more than six months of special programming surrounding one of the cultural events of the year – an exhibit featuring a rare, nearly four-centuries-old First Folio collection of Shakespeare’s plays.
These two comedies by American playwright Charles George reflect on the notions of love and romance through witty repartee, puns, and direct references to the Bard’s folio.
Biographer Arnold Rampersad discusses Harlem Renaissance luminary Langston Hughes and his relationship with a number of photographers who celebrated African-American life and literary tradition. Among them: Gordon Parks, whom Hughes advised on a series of photos based on Hughes’ 1942 poetry collection Shakespeare in Harlem.
Cote Smith sets his debut novel in the prison town of Leavenworth, Kansas, drawing from his experiences growing up there. Hurt People revolves around two brothers, 9 and 11, and a stranger who befriends them at the same time the town is gripped by a convict’s escape. As the older boy and the charismatic stranger grow closer, the younger child detects danger and desperately tries to keep his brother from slipping away.
Kansas City-area performer Rockin’ Rob educates and entertains with an original style of children’s music incorporating folk, a cappella, oldies, blues, freestyle, doo wop, gospel, and rock n’ roll. Geared to 2- to 10-year-olds but appropriate for all ages.
Craig Cobb was already notorious before trying to take over Leith, North Dakota, and turn it into an Aryan enclave some three years ago. The struggle for control of the tiny hamlet culminated in the white supremacist’s arrest for intimidating its residents.
As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary Welcome to Leith, which chronicles the saga from the days leading up to Cobb’s arrest to his release from jail six months later (he eventually was placed on probation). The film touches on Cobb’s connection to Glenn Frazier Miller, who in 2014 killed three people outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.
In conjunction with its Shakespeare-themed 2016 Adult Winter Reading Program and the forthcoming special exhibit, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, the Library screens four films spotlighting the Bard’s works. All feature the great Kenneth Branagh as director, star, or both.
Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from Midtown resident Mary Jo Draper, who has written extensively about the history of Midtown neighborhoods and current issues affecting the area. Draper will present her talk "Midtown Kansas City's Historic Neighborhoods."
For two years, Harvard University social sciences professor Matthew Desmond embedded himself in two poor neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What he found was a sobering fact of life: One of the struggling residents’ biggest challenges was holding on to a place to live. Eviction was a persistent threat.
Judith Rumelt – better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare – worked for several years as a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to writing books. The creator of the Shadowhunter Chronicles now towers as an author of young-adult fantasy fiction.