Sunday, August 21, 2016
Faith healer? Fraud? Or both?
The enigma that was Francis Schlatter emerged in the American West in the late 1800s. In looks, he resembled popular depictions of Jesus, and some said his very touch could heal everything from migraines and arthritis to blindness and cancer. Thousands flocked to him, first in Albuquerque and then in Denver, most hoping to be cured but some intent on exposing a man they were certain was a fake.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
From racist cartoons and spray-painted anti-Semitic symbols to protest chants and signs condemning gays, hate speech has a long and perplexing history in our country. It pits two deeply held American values, equality and free speech, against each other.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
With the new novel The Cosmopolitans by lesbian author and activist Sarah Schulman, the New York-based Feminist Press launches its Corrective Canon initiative aimed at broadening the scope of modern literature.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Irene Tinker helped compile and edit Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development, a collection of stories of 27 women from a dozen countries who have contributed to the global women’s movement. But she might have merited her own chapter in the book.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
From his professional acting debut on an early TV game show – for which he accepted a fishing rod as payment – Robert Redford grew into a Hollywood icon, ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 30 greatest actors of all time. He’s an Oscar-winning director, to boot.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from local author and radio personality Julee Jonez. Along with Purpose Publishing's Michelle Gines, Jonez will share her experiences and processes with the self-publishing industry.
Journeying from self-editing classes and overcoming fear, Jonez is ready share her new book Pressing Past the Past with the world and take on her next writing adventure. Jonez will be available for questions and book signings following the presentation.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Amid humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq and debate in the U.S. about how to address them, a panel of Kansas City-area faith leaders sat down in May to discuss religious teachings and traditions and whether they could – or should – guide national policy. Nearly 330 people attended the event, part of the Library’s 2016 Immigrant Heritage Series.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
America’s longest war began with an Apache raid and kidnapping of an Arizona rancher’s 12-year-old stepson in 1861. It would last more than a quarter of a century, the government waging a campaign to confine the various Apache bands to reservations. Geronimo’s surrender in 1886 finally signaled an end to a ferocious struggle.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.
Looking for some good reads, new music, or a movie or two to enjoy this summer and fall? On the first Saturday of the month from August through October, in the atrium north of Steamboat Arabia at the City Market, the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are selling an array of books and other items for a mere $1 to $2. Choose from recently published hardback fiction, nonfiction, popular young adult, and audio books; soft-cover books for all ages; DVDs; and CDs. Some “special finds” are priced at $5 and up.
Monday, September 12, 2016
This free educational program explains Medicare in plain English. Tailor-made for those who will be turning 65 within the next few months. Reservations are not necessary, but a courtesy call will help with planning. 816-812-6507.