The L.H. Bluford Branch celebrates Black Music Month with film cult classics that feature the soundtrack of Black America. The series begins on a Friday night with a screening of Brown Sugar (2002), a romantic comedy/drama in which two lifelong friends, bonded by a love for hip hop, realize their feelings for the genre are surpassed by their feelings for each other.
A 6 p.m. reception precedes this screening. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.
Robin Stone, who wrote the afterward for her late husband Gerald Boyd’s memoir, discusses the book and Boyd’s life, including his rise to become the first black managing editor of The New York Times and his devastating fall on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Kansas native Ande Parks discusses his two graphic novels, Union Station and Capote in Kansas, and their form as art and literature on Wednesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel about marriage and all of the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.
That Old Cape Magicis a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life, and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.
Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.
June 7 - Richard the Villain. Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.
Helix architect Reeves Wiedeman discusses the recent renovation of this structure and offers historical highlights of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the unique shape of which has made it an architectural favorite.
The Plaza Branch kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Challenge with an exclusive after-hours Glee Party. Currently the No. 1 rated television show among teen audiences, Glee is a musical comedy-drama series that focuses on a high school glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School. The series follows an optimistic teacher who—against all odds, and a malicious cheerleading coach—attempts to help a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential.
On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.
The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.
New York-based writer Elizabeth Bettina, discusses her book It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
It Happened in Italy tells the amazing story of how thousands of Jews in Italy were saved during World War II.