Events: anytime, Plaza Branch, all ages

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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The 15th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration offers folk tales, multicultural stories, and animal stories, songs, and rhymes.

Opening the evening is a Friday Night Family Fun concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Kids’ Corner with LaRita Wright and Rosie Best-Cutrer. All ages are welcome.

It’s followed by a ghost-tales session at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum Auditorium featuring four visiting storytellers: Lyn Ford, known for her “Affrilachian” tales; singing storyteller Anthony Clark; bilingual Carrie Sue Ayvar; and Antonio Rocha, a native Brazilian whose career spans nearly three decades and six continents. Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Storyteller Lyn Ford, known for her “Affrilachian” tales; singing storyteller Anthony Clark; bilingual Carrie Sue Ayvar; and Antonio Rocha, a native Brazilian whose career spans nearly three decades and six continents, return to the Truman Forum Auditorium to share funny tales, interesting folklore from different cultures, poignant lessons, and more. Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Despite their country’s institutionalized prejudice, hundreds of thousands of African Americans fought in the U.S. military during World War I. They manned two combat divisions, one of them the 92nd Infantry Division popularly known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

Besides fighting Germans “like devils from hell,” members had to deal with racism, character assassination and the myth that they were “subhuman.”

Joelouis Mattox, a frequent Library speaker, discusses the role of African Americans in World War I, focusing on the 92nd Division. Mattox is the historian for the American Legion’s Wayne Miner Post 149, named for the Kansas City serviceman who served in the 92nd. Miner was one of the last Americans killed in World War I in 1918.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Established in 1857, Union Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Kansas City. Buried there are early pioneers, veterans, and others who have left lasting and unique legacies. Judy King and Bruce Mathews – along with other civic-minded contributors to their book, Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery: Lessons for the Future from the Garden of Time – present poignant recollections of people now interred there whose hard work and persistence helped push the nation’s move west while strengthening social equality.

This Veterans Day event underscores the value of preserving the cemetery and the history it encompasses, and serves as the launch of the new book.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes this event.

Friday, November 14, 2014

As explorers and pioneers arrived in Missouri, what kind of wildlife did they see?

Staff members from the co-presenting Wornall/Majors House Museums and Operation WildLife, the largest publicly funded wildlife clinic in Kansas, are on hand to help answer that question – accompanied by live animals.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amid the political tumult in their British-controlled country in the early 20th century, the Irish increasingly turned to extravagant public pageants in marking significant historical, political, and religious events. A sort of precursor to today’s opening ceremonies at the Olympics, these elaborately staged versions of national identity – based on both history and myth – mobilized huge numbers of people and featured marching bands, intricate costumes, fireworks, and mock battles.

Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, looks at the historical significance of these spectacles in a discussion of her new book, All Dressed Up. She presents a nation contending with the political upheaval and violence of the present by reimagining the past.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead. Sing, dance, and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

Appropriate for all ages.

Friday, November 28, 2014
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.

Recommended for all ages.