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Thursday, February 5, 2015

This month, as part of the Winter Reading Program, the Ruiz Readers Book Group will be discussing Radioactive by Lauren Redniss, a tale of love and fallout.

Join us to discuss Radioactive or your favorite book.

For further information, contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

Detectives “Gravedigger” Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) and “Coffin Ed” Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) investigate a wayward reverend in this Blaxploitation prototype directed by Ossie Davis. Taken from Chester Himes’ 1965 novel. 97 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Even before Kansas became a state, Kansans wanted a university. What no one knew in territorial days or in the earliest years of statehood — or even after the University of Kansas opened for classes — was how big and how good it might become. In KU’s first semester, 55 students enrolled but the faculty of three found not one prepared for college work.

The university would grow into a vast and intricate educational machine that in the 21st century counts more than 27,000 students and 1,600 faculty members across multiple campuses. Former Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times editor Monroe Dodd, who has written a new coffee table book for Kansas City Star Books that commemorates the school’s sesquicentennial, discusses the often difficult, 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics.

Friday, February 6, 2015
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Do you have questions about how to use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, E-Reader or other mobile technologies? Want to know more about Overdrive, Hoopla, or other library e-resources? Bring your device to our Open Lab and ask the expert!
Vault Multi-purpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email

Friday, February 6, 2015
5:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Can you believe it’s already time to plan that spring garden?

Well, it is, and Tina Wurth from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is ready to help you get started in the Ruiz Seed Library workshop, Spring Into Gardening.

She’ll cover gardening planning and basics, heavily focusing on cold crops such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and herbs, and the workshop even includes a trip to Switzer Farm (across from the Ruiz Library) for some hands-on guidance and instruction.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with screenings of movies starring the late Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A discussion featuring experts in cinema and psychoanalysis follows each screening.

Meryl Streep is an old-school nun and parochial academy principal who believes that Hoffman's parish priest has entered into an improper relationship with a student. The post-screening discussion is led by psychoanalyst Alice Brand Bartlett and Melissa Lenos, assistant professor of English at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas.