Events: anytime, any location, all ages

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.

November's Selection:
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.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

As the one time head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information, George Creel later recalled in his memoir “how we advertised America” but more accurately it was how he sold World War I to a largely neutral populace. Wilson, whose 1916 reelection campaign proclaimed, “he kept us out of war,” abruptly switched gears, and the electorate needed to catch up quickly. A native Missourian and former Kansas City newspaperman, Creel imaginatively combined the new techniques of public relations and propaganda with extensive government censorship to shape public opinion and control the flow of war information. Historian Timothy Westcott traces the life and career of Creel, who created the template for an entire industry of Madison Avenue “Mad Men.”


Sunday, December 7, 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.

December's Selection:
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

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.

January's Selection:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

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.

February's Selection:
Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric A. Kimmel

Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

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.

March's Selection:
Pigs Ahoy! by David McPhail

Appropriate for all ages.