Events: anytime, Plaza Branch, all ages

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues with Barefoot in the Park.

Neil Simon’s longest-running Broadway hit, which became a 1967 movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, focuses on newlyweds Paul and Corie as they begin their life together in a tiny, fifth-floor apartment in a New York City brownstone. He is a strait-laced attorney. She’s a far more spontaneous free spirit who wants him to loosen up — to walk barefoot in the park. The young couple also must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie's well-meaning mother. Marriage, it turns out, isn’t so easy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Screening: 2 p.m. * Discussion following

Since 2011, the after-school Play On, Philly! initiative has provided daily musical instruction to hundreds of Philadelphia students in communities that otherwise have little access to music education. Modeled after Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema youth orchestra project, it is one of two U.S. programs—with New York’s Sistema-inspired Harmony Program—featured in the 2014 documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Students from the private elementary Community School #1 stage a new look at the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Incorporating memorable music and witty lyrics, the adapted script reflects their love for Kansas City and for having a good time. Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Women comprise about half of the U.S. labor force, including half of all professional and management positions. But they account for fewer than 15 percent of the executive officers of Fortune 500 companies.

How are both women and men perceived in the workplace? How does that affect the way they feel about themselves? Ashley Milne-Tyte, a regular contributor to Public Radio International’s Marketplace and producer and host of the podcast The Broad Experience: A Conversation About Women, the Workplace, and Success, examines the ways in which gender affects people’s working lives.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Film: 6:30 p.m. • Discussion follows

The Nation—the self-described “flagship of the left”—is the country’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine, jabbing at political sensitivities since its founding by Republican abolitionists at the time of the Civil War and particularly since finding a more progressive voice in the 1930s.

The new documentary Hot Type marks the publication’s 150th anniversary, spotlighting current and past writers and editors in chronicling daily life working on the magazine. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, the film also follows participants in The Nation’s much-sought-after internship program.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Born and raised in Kansas City, Jason Divad has taken his multifaceted act across the country and the world. He delights in making young audience members a part of his performance. Listen for the whispers: “That was awesome.” Appropriate for all ages.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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.

April's Selection:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Appropriate for all ages.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Guided by artists from the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program, young participants take inspiration from children’s books and literature to find the dancer in them at this National Library Week event. Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It’s a baseball movie, yes. But Field of Dreams is much more, a blend of fairy tale, family, and the national pastime that has remained a national treasure since its release in 1989.

Kansas City FilmFest screens the Academy Award nominee for best picture, starring Kevin Costner. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s debut novel—about a black female journalist escaping the early-1900s Jim Crow laws of the South and fighting injustice in Kansas City through her African American newspaper—has drawn praise from the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine, among other publications.

The Kansas City-born author sits down with Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, the Library’s deputy director of strategic initiatives, for a public conversation about the elegantly written work of historical fiction, which gains resonance from today’s social discontent. Events in Jam on the Vine lead up to and include the Red Summer of 1919, when race riots broke out in a number of American cities.