Events: anytime, Plaza Branch, all ages

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

America’s longest war began with an Apache raid and kidnapping of an Arizona rancher’s 12-year-old stepson in 1861. It would last more than a quarter of a century, the government waging a campaign to confine the various Apache bands to reservations. Geronimo’s surrender in 1886 finally signaled an end to a ferocious struggle.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gary Lezak is one of the most familiar and popular faces on Kansas City television, a six-time Emmy Award winner who has delivered impressively accurate weather forecasts on NBC affiliate KSHB since 1996. He has taken his passion and expertise to a new medium, children’s books, collaborating with Topeka, Kansas, illustrator Rob Peters on It's a Sunny Life: An Adventure Fit for Rain or Shine.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Iranian-born Siah Armajani is a leading figure in conceptualizing the role and function of public art, including its incorporation in bridges. His mixed-media work Kansas City No. 1 was donated to Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art two years ago, and is the centerpiece of the exhibition Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder on display at the museum from September 8, 2016, to January 22, 2017.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This year’s election stakes are high, as always. But perhaps no presidential vote in U.S. history was more consequential than that of 1860.

The nation roiled over the issue of slavery. Abraham Lincoln captured the Republican nomination over New York Sen. William Seward, and then took on a divided Democratic Party. His win in November – with less than 40% of the popular vote – prompted the immediate secession of South Carolina, roused the rest of the South, and ushered in the Civil War.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

As co-founder and partner in the Santa Monica, California-based architectural firm Moore, Ruble, Yudell, John Ruble has collaborated on a broad spectrum of residential, academic, cultural, and urban design work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Included in that acclaimed portfolio: the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and comprehensive master plan for the University of Washington, Tacoma.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Joshua Cohen’s literary imprint grows ever deeper. His fourth novel, Book of Numbers, was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio, among others, and proclaimed by Rolling Stone magazine as “the Great American Internet Novel.” The New York Times noted that he “writes the type of angst-ridden, brainiac metafiction that’s led critics to compare him, aptly enough, to David Foster Wallace and Thomas Pynchon.”


Friday, September 16, 2016

Through storytelling and song, vocalist Brother John leads attendees in exploring ways to stay safe and aware.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Are you a fashion designer or manufacturer? Do you love Kansas City’s rich Garment District history? The nonprofit organization Rightfully Sewn goes inside the industry at its inaugural Fashion Forward event, examining the effective business practices behind a local enterprise that employed thousands and supplied the nation with high-quality clothing in its 20th-century heyday.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Claude Monet intended his most famous series of paintings – of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny, France – as a means of “peaceful meditation.” But according to historian and best-selling author Ross King, they belied the great impressionist’s frustration in trying to capture the fugitive effects of light, water, and color.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Literacy KC and The Writers Place have worked for decades to make Kansas City a more literate community. Literacy KC, founded in 1985, helps adults and families enhance literacy skills and quality of life. The Writers Place, established in 1992, extends support, resources, and inspiration to area writers.


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