Other Reading Programs

New Lives in New Worlds: The Global Immigrant Experience
October, 2012 – February, 2013

A special book group event focused on the immigrant experience outside of the United States. Rreaders discussed four diverse novels written by contemporary authors representing a variety of cultures. All discussions were held at the Waldo Community Library.

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War
March – May, 2012

A scholar-led discussion series that commemorated the sesquicentennial of this conflict with community conversations, informed by great works of fiction and non-fiction as well as wartime accounts.

A Taste of Victorian Literature
February – May, 2011

A unique book group experience focused on four enduring authors of the Victorian era.

Building Bridges: A Selection of Classic Black Literature
February – May, 2011

A unique book group experience focused on great books by black American authors.

The Great Debates Revisited
September – October, 2010

To mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark moment in American political history, the Kansas City Public Library, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and the Truman Library Institute presented a series of programs that featured weekly screenings of the four televised match-ups, book discussion groups, as well as Hollywood films examining the lives and legacies of Kennedy and Nixon.