Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Library, in partnership with American Public Square, launches a series of discussions of polarizing local issues – minus the incivility and invective that all too often feed polarity.
Experts on both sides of the debate join University of Missouri-Kansas City professor and moderator Scott Helm in examining the future of Kansas City International Airport. Remodel or rebuild? Stay with multiple terminals or move to just one? The panel includes Skopos President Kevin Koster, a member of the KCI Airport Terminal Advisory Group; Rockhill Strategic President Jon Stephens, interim executive director of the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce; and Pitch writer Steve Vockrodt. There are fact checkers and a “civility bell.”
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The stories seem more prevalent and disturbing today than ever: kids being pushed in one or more sports to the point of burnout before high school, parents fighting with referees and umpires, coaches berating their pint-sized players.
Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Montgomery, psychologist Andrew Jacobs, and Hall of Fame swimming coach Peter Malone have seen firsthand the issues that are making youth sports increasingly difficult for all – especially the young participants.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
What is it like to be the son or daughter of an absolute and ruthless dictator? To bear a name – Stalin or Mussolini, Mao or Ceausescu, Qaddafi or Hussein – that’s synonymous with oppression, terror, and evil?
In a discussion of his new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators, author Jay Nordlinger speaks with Library Director Crosby Kemper III about the offspring of 20 of the world’s most notorious despots.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Kansas City-area entertainers Jay and Leslie Cady apply their antics – juggling, mime, magic, and other nonsense – to the tradition of holiday gift giving. It’s family fun with a bow on top. Appropriate for all ages.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
No other resident of Kansas City, past or present, has achieved the worldwide fame of Walt Disney. He created the animated Mickey Mouse and established a motion picture, TV, and theme park empire that has grown bigger and more lucrative in the 50 years since his death.
Robert W. Butler, longtime film critic for The Kansas City Star, former writer in the Library’s public affairs department, and co-author of Walt Disney’s Missouri, traces Disney’s improbable path to success.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Coterie Theatre artists read from David Ezra Stein’s best-selling Caldecott Honor Book about a little red chicken who can’t stop herself from interrupting her bedtime stories, altering the tales to save the characters from their missteps. But when it’s her turn to tell a tale, will her yawning Papa make it to the end without his own interruption?
Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Kansas-reared Robert Day, author of the modern western classic The Last Cattle Drive, sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a wide-ranging conversation in conjunction with the launch of his second novel, Let Us Imagine Lost Love. Day sets this story largely on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza and revolves it around a book designer reminiscing about youthful misunderstandings and secret longings for women, about experiences both beautiful and ugly, as he tries to make sense of his life.
Raised in Merriam, Kansas, Day earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kansas and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. He taught initially at Fort Hays State University and then for 35 years at Washington College.
He has established the Robert and Kathryn Day Endowment for the Literary Arts to benefit the Library.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
As Jen Mann notes, her nationally popular blog is called "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" and not "Rainbows and Unicorns." So it’s no surprise that her take on Christmas isn’t all warm and sugary. But it’s drop-dead hilarious.
The suburban Johnson County, Kansas, wife, mother, and best-selling writer gives the holiday season her inimitable spin in a discussion of her new book Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers and Other Seasonal Scourges.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Everyone has a reader in their life, even if that reader is you.
In a first-of-its-kind event the Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Readers’ Services, Kaite Stover, hosts librarians from across the Kansas City area in a discussion of great reads that make great holiday gifts. The program features experts in popular genres including fantasy, young adult, crime fiction, classics, and nonfiction. Whether you are looking for book ideas for yourself or to give as Christmas gifts, you’re sure to find something with the help of librarians who are trained to make recommendations based solely on readers' tastes.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Piccadilly Productions delivers a sweet, family-friendly show featuring Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues. All ages.