As a six-year-old child, local artist and gardener Dean Bracy observed what seemed like hundreds of monarch butterflies feeding on a butterfly bush and then roosting in a nearby tree. This fascinating experience began a life-long interest in butterflies for Dean — including painting them, raising them, growing host and nectar plants, studying Monarch migratory patterns and life cycles, and investigating causes for the dwindling butterfly population.
Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.
In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Come to the library for a special multicultural story time as part of the Diversity in Action initiative. We'll read some bilingual books (English/Spanish), learn some Spanish words, sing a bilingual song, and do some crafts.
The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.
Title of Talk: A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Domestic Goddess
Speaker: Teddy Wiberg
Join us at the Westport Branch Library on Saturday May 9th as we welcome speaker Teddy Wiberg. Wiberg will speak about the life of a typical mid-19th century "housewife" in Western Missouri, and the skills, perseverance, and bravery required to survive and ensure the success of her family.
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre concludes with The Light in the Piazza.
This dreamy, Tony-winning musical revolves around wealthy Margaret Johnson and her beautiful but emotionally stalled teenage daughter, Clara, who spend a summer together in the Tuscan countryside. When Clara falls in love with an earnest, dashing, and passionate young Italian, a protective Margaret must decide what to do with a secret from the girl’s past — which could take romance off the table — while confronting her own deep-seated hopes and regrets.
ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information
The quilting class is back in session at Westport Library. Quilting basics are covered and some fabric is available to make a colorful pieced quilt. Also, if you have a quilt already started it's a great opportunity to finish your project.