Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Friday, June 19, 2015

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough explores the lives, trials, and ultimate triumph of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright in his latest book, telling a great American story as it has never before been told.

The Dayton, Ohio, brothers endured four years of contrary weather, accidents, disappointment, and public indifference and ridicule before their Wright Flyer became the first mechanically powered, heavier-than-air machine to sustain controlled flight with a pilot aboard in December 1903. McCullough chronicles not only the technological achievements but also Orville’s and Wilbur’s human side – including their close relationship with sister Katharine, who would go on to marry Kansas City Star editor Henry Joseph Haskell.

McCullough, who earned Pulitzers for his biographies of Harry S. Truman and John Adams and National Book Awards for two other works, The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback, selects the Kansas City Public Library for this special engagement: a discussion of the new book and its two extraordinary subjects.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands. In Tron, a video game programmer (Jeff Bridges) is transported through a pixel portal into the neon world he created.


Monday, June 22, 2015
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge (SPARK) partners with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Kansas City Public Library, to offer a series of lectures on HASF’s summer production of King Lear presented in Southmoreland Park, June 16 - July 5, 2015.

The lectures take place on five consecutive Mondays in June in Cohen Center on the lower level of the Plaza Branch.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The role of women during World War II is little known, obscured by attention to the men who fought and led. But women were essential to the outcome. In the U.S. and Britain, they volunteered en masse, serving in non-combat roles. Soviet women joined front-line troops. French women helped replace men sent to Germany as forced laborers, joined the resistance, or became “horizontal collaborators” later subjected to punishment and humiliation after their country’s liberation.

French military historian Dominique François examines these unknown soldiers, whose participation and support helped the Allies win the war. The presentation is part of the Eisenhower 125 series co-presented by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home with support from the W.T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opening a five-day series of Urban Grown events—culminating in the Urban Grown Tour of urban farms and community gardens on June 27-28—a panel of community leaders explores the past decade of urban agriculture and local food in Kansas City and what the future may hold. Kansas City Star food editor and restaurant critic Jill Wendholt Silva leads the discussion. Joining her are KC Councilman Scott Wagner, Assistant City Manager Kimiko Gilmore, Cultivate Kansas City co-founder and Executive Director Katherine Kelly, Ivanhoe neighborhood Health Initiatives
Manager Dina Newman, and organic farmer and food activist Brooke Salvaggio.

The reception is provided by Renee Kelly’s Harvest, The Farmhouse, and The Sundry, and beer is provided by Boulevard Brewing Company.


Thursday, June 25, 2015
10:00am @ Westport Branch

The Paul Mesner Puppets presents a veggie wonderful love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry and have a beautiful daughter named Rapunzel. An evil witch, who forced Romaine to promise that he would give up his first-born child many years before, returns to claim the lovely child for her own. Rapunzel is taken to live in a tower and her future looks bleak until the Prince arrives and Rapunzel hatches a plan to escape he evil captor and leaf happily ever alfalfa.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Economics needn’t be shrouded in byzantine theory and mathematical formulas. In a discussion of his new book Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics, Forbes magazine editor John Tamny takes a clear, comprehensible, real-world look at how money works – and how he says it should work.

Tamny, also managing editor of the website RealClearMarkets and a senior economic advisor to the Toreador Research and Trading investment management firm, draws from movies, sports, pop culture, and marquee businesses. The Rolling Stones, football’s Dallas Cowboys, and celebutante Paris Hilton are examples of good and bad tax policy. The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, and The Sopranos illustrate the downside of antitrust regulation.


Friday, June 26, 2015
10:30am @ Central Library

Join a top secret mission to find the perfect pet; not all animals make good pets.

With a large variety of exciting and interactive programs, the Zoomobile brings the world of the wild to you. Connect with nature and wildlife through a fascinating journey featuring awesome artifacts, fun science, captivating stories, and of course, live animals.

Parking is Free.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a veggie-centric love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry, and have a beautiful daughter, Rapunzel. Enter an evil witch, a foreboding tower, and a handsome prince. Of course, our heroes leave happily ever alfalfa. Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a veggie-centric love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry, and have a beautiful daughter, Rapunzel. Enter an evil witch, a foreboding tower, and a handsome prince. Of course, our heroes leave happily ever alfalfa. Appropriate for all ages.