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Friday, September 30, 2011

One of the staples of Kansas City’s Westside community, the Irene H. Ruiz Branch of the Kansas City Public Library commemorates its 10th anniversary with a musical showcase.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Representatives from area colleges and universities will help prospective students — both recent high school graduates and adults looking to finish a college degree — learn about their educational options.

Staff from several agencies serving job seekers will also be available to explain how they can assist job seekers with all aspects of their search, from creating a résumé to interviewing for a job.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Biographer James Grant discusses his new portrait of late nineteenth-century Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas B. Reed, who served with greater influence than any Speaker who came before him.

Until 1890, members of the House would often filibuster by refusing to answer roll call – even if they were present – depriving the chamber of a quorum. During one such filibuster, Reed directed the clerk to count anyone in attendance as present.

Grant is editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In his New York Times best-selling book, Frank Schaeffer uses his life as a lens through which to view a larger narrative: the rightward lurch of American politics since the 1970s.

The central character is Schaeffer’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual throughout Schaeffer’s childhood.

Schaeffer asks what the leading right-wingers and the paranoid fantasies of their “echo chamber” are really about. Here’s a hint... sex.

Monday, September 26, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Reading Reptile and the Kansas City Public Library present the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka. A portion of the proceeds from books sales will be used to build and stock portable classroom libraries for the elementary schools destroyed by the Joplin tornado.

Sunday, September 25, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On the evening of May 20, 1957, an F-5 tornado tore into the communities of Ottawa and Spring Hill, Kansas, and Martin City, Grandview, Hickman Mills, and Ruskin Heights, Missouri. The storm left 39 people dead and 531 injured. More than 840 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Author Carolyn Brewer tells the story of the tragic event, as well as the rebuilding effort, through a series of first-person narratives collected during a 50-year reunion and memorial rededication.

Friday, September 23, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Enjoy an interactive music and story telling performance for the whole family by award-winning songwriter Dino O’Dell.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The third annual Power of Reading celebration features Kansas City authors and new adult readers sharing inspired stories about the role reading plays in their lives.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Columnist and political commentator John Avlon discusses his new book Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns.

Deadline Artists is a celebration of the American newspaper column. It includes columns by several masters of the craft, including: H.L. Mencken, Ernie Pyle, Murray Kempton, Jimmy Breslin, and Mike Royko. It also includes columns written by public figures, including one by Theodore Roosevelt that appeared in The Kansas City Star.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Public art and its accompanying community participation contribute significantly to the identity of a city. In addition to inspiring dialogue and providing visual appeal, a varied civic public art collection often symbolizes the vitality of the city it inhabits.

Jack Becker, executive director of Minnesota-based Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review, discusses the complex, beneficial, and sometimes contentious role that art plays in the public realm.

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