The Kansas City Public Library prepares for Children’s Book Week by recognizing the winners of the 2011 Children’s Bookmark Contest and rockin’ out to Dino O’Dell at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury.
Roger D. Launius, a senior curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, reconsiders NASA’s pioneering program, examining the origins of these first attempts to reach into space, the Cold War “space race,” and Project Mercury’s meaning a half-century later.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in1862. Now one of the most popular celebrations in the Latino community, it is an inspiration for the oppressed everywhere and an example that no army however powerful can overcome a united and determined people.
On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, distinguished Mexican lecturer Gregorio Luke offers a blow by blow description of the battle plus historical background on the attempt by France to turn Mexico into a colony during the 1860s in a multimedia presentation featuring period paintings, illustrations, and maps. The program takes place at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., and begins at 6 p.m.
On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the waters of Long Island Sound, and disappeared. What happened was so incredible that, even when the truth was finally revealed, many Americans would not believe it.
In recognition of Preservation Week (April 24–30, 2011), the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.
On April 16, Special Collections Librarian Lucinda Adams leads a presentation on Caring for Print Photographs. On April 30, Digital Projects Manager Jordan Fields leads a presentation on Preserving Digital Images.