Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The 1964 murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese has become a defining moment in American social history. Early reporting described how she was stabbed to death on the front stoop of her New York City home in full view of 38 neighbors who “didn’t want to get involved.”
Fifty years after that notorious crime, Kevin Cook argues in his new book that much of what we think we know about the incident is just plain wrong.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Bobby's Books for Boys is back for a 4th year! The book club, for boys ages 8-12, meets once a month October through March 2014. Each month boys read a great book, learn something new, enjoy snacks and activities, and have FUN!
Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 816.701.3481 ext. 3 or e-mailing PlazaKidCorner@kclibrary.org.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Some countries are so good at educating children that virtually all their youngsters can make complex arguments and solve complex problems. In other words, they are learning to think.
In her bestselling book, author Amanda Ripley, an investigative journalist for Time and The Atlantic, follows three young Americans who have opted to study in Finland, Poland, and South Korea — hotbeds of education where rigorous teaching, parental input, and eager students are revolutionizing learning.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Despite a Union advantage in men and resources, the Confederates dominated in the early months of the Civil War. Only one federal general seemed to have the will and skill to beat them: Ulysses S. Grant.
The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Ethan S. Rafuse analyzes Grant’s personality, the factors that led to his rise to supreme commander, his military strategies, and the operations he personally directed in 1863-64 against the North’s most dangerous foe, Robert E. Lee.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Get your game on! Board games are a great way for families to relax together, bond, and learn along the way. Join Plaza staff members in the Kid Corner for an evening of Sorry, Jenga, Boggle, or new favorites like Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Cheese Touch.
We will have games for all ages, so bring the whole family and get ready to PLAY!
Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
In the years after emancipation, many African Americans remained in virtual slavery through such insidious practices as prison labor and sharecropping. This documentary, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, exposes a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
Randal M. Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, provides opening and closing remarks.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Barry’s 1939 comedy—about a ditzy socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a newspaper reporter—was written specifically for Katharine Hepburn, and became her first great triumph after a number of commercial failures. It subsequently became a hugely popular film starring Hepburn and Cary Grant, and was the source of the musical High Society.
The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre performs its eighth season of Script-in-Hand – a series of classic comedies called Exit Laughing.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Best-selling urban fiction author ReShonda Tate Billingsley discusses and reads from her new novel (written with Victoria Christopher Murray) about the rival wives of Baptist preachers who team up for a reality TV show that will expose their lives in uncomfortable detail. Fortune & Fame reunites the fictional Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Larson Bush, heroines of previous best sellers Sinners and Saints and Friends & Foes.
The author of almost two dozen books for adults and teens, Billingsley is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Based on the ancient Roman farce by Plautus and performed in burlesque style, this Stephen Sondheim musical follows the conniving slave Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) as he schemes to win his freedom and the courtesan of his dreams. With Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Jack Gilford and Michael Hordern. (1966; 99 minutes; PG)
Join Kansas City Public Library readers’ advisory expert (and film enthusiast) Kaite Stover for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Stop Me if You’ve Read This One Suggested Readings list. Discussions will immediately follow the film presentation.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The U.S. government is disintegrating … and that’s a good thing, according to National Review contributor Kevin Williamson, whose new book sees innovative solutions to various social problems emerging from the failure of politics and government.
Politics, he argues, cannot deal with crucial problems in education, health care, social security, and monetary policy. Meanwhile, those who don’t look to the state for goods and services — from home schoolers to Wall Street to organized crime — are experimenting with replacing the state’s outmoded social software with market-derived alternatives.