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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day.

Friday, May 11, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Celebrate the winners of the Children’s Book Week Bookmark Contest with a very special performance from musician and illustrator Gustafer Yellowgold.

His show features a multi-media presentation of tuneful live music, animated illustrations, and vibrant storytelling.

Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

When it comes to women, the mainstream media just doesn’t get it. So says the new documentary Miss Representation, which exposes how the media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

Interviews with both average teens and well-known women such as Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi defy the idea that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality.

Watch the official trailer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In his new book, When the Sirens Were Silent: How the Warning System Failed A Community, award-winning meteorologist Mike Smith takes a journey into the fearful and fascinating vortex of a tornado, explaining how the government’s early warning system has saved countless lives over the last 50 years. He’ll also talk about the system’s failures – such as last year’s Joplin twister which claimed 161 lives.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Leadership is less about having all the answers than about asking the right questions. Harvard Business School professor Robert Kaplan says in his book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror that the challenge lies in being able to step back, reflect, and ask the key questions that are critical to your performance and your organization’s effectiveness.

Sunday, May 6, 2012
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

R. Stephen Green, newly-named superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, continues his series of public conversations. He fields questions and provides straight answers regarding parent involvement, accreditation, leadership, and the future of classroom instruction.

Green previously led Kauffman Scholars, Inc., a comprehensive college preparatory and scholarship program designed to increase the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Historian Donald R. Hickey, author of The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of The War of 1812, discusses that “forgotten war” which gave us some memorable military moments (Admiral Perry’s victory on Lake Erie, Andrew Jackson’s triumph at New Orleans) but also saw the British burn the White House. Moreover, the war ended not in overwhelming victory, but in a draw – which may explain why so many Americans know little about it.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fifth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

Friday, May 4, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Whip up a simple but tasty dish with cookbook author Katie Workman, who offers solutions to the 20 most common cooking dilemmas faced by modern moms. She provides recipes and tips for parents who are so baffled by their kids’ food preferences that mealtime has become a minefield.

Workman is founding editor in chief of and writes for New York magazine and many web sites.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Whether an election is about picking a president or passing a tax increase, citizens may find themselves asking: “Does my vote really count?

Absolutely, according to representatives of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners who explain why voting is so important and how one vote can actually make a difference. Here’s a chance to learn about voting rights and how our votes are processed on election night. Voter registration forms will be available.

This is part of a series of public forums on elections presented by the KCEB and the Library this spring and summer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City’s People’s Liberation Big Band marks International Workers Day (aka May Day) with a screening of the silent Soviet film Battleship Potemkin while performing their original musical score for the film.

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