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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Although relatively small compared to the great clashes to come, the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) was a seminal event in American history. When the smoke cleared on July 21, 1861, nearly 900 men were dead, the Union army was in retreat, and the South had won the first major battle of the Civil War.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse, professor of military history at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, describes the battle and those who shaped its outcome.

The event is co-sponsored by the Command and General Staff College Foundation.

Sunday, July 10, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch continues its annual Kansas City Architecture series, focusing this year on antebellum homes in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

In this installment, Tom Cooke examines the history of the Bent-Ward House, a property located at 1032 W. 55th Street whose farm pastures (now Loose Park) served as part of the battleground during the Battle of Westport. Though it takes its name from Colonel William W. Bent and successive owner Seth E. Ward, the property was also once owned by Mormon Bishop Edward Partridge as well as Alexander Doniphan.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Chamber music ensemble Summerfest explores Lester Trimble’s setting of the great English masterwork “Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales,” with soprano Gwen Coleman Detwiler — a Kansas City native and professor at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. The performance also includes two love songs from English composer Henry Purcell.

Summerfest has culturally enriched Kansas City since 1991 through the performance of chamber music in settings that foster interaction between musicians and audience.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Véronique Tadjo, an acclaimed African artist and author of books for young people, reads from Mamy Wata and The Lucky Grain of Corn on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at the Plaza Branch.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wizard Rock returns when Harry and the Potters rock the Library once again!

Brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, known for their kid-friendly songs including Save Ginny Weasley and Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock, have been interpreting the spirit of J. K. Rowling’s books through music with concerts in libraries and bookstores across North America—while dressed as Harry Potter in their performances.

The concert is part of the band’s Summer 2011 Ride the Lightning national tour.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Marketing expert David Rogers, executive director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership at Columbia Business School, examines how digital technologies — from smartphones to social networks — connect us in networks that transform our relationships to businesses and each other.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Emory University historian Deborah E. Lipstadt examines the May 1960 capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina and his subsequent trial that electrified the world.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates the 40th birthday of Ziggy with an appearance by Tom Wilson, who has been drawing the iconic cartoon since 1987. Wilson will discuss the release of a new book commemorating the 40th anniversary of the comic strip.

Tom Wilson Sr. created Ziggy in 1971.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gardening expert Ethne Clarke discusses her book Hidcote: The Making of a Garden.

Hidcote is the first biography of Major Lawrence Johnston, a British soldier who established the Hidcote Manor Garden that is now in the care of the National Trust in the UK. Clarke is the editor in chief of Organic Gardening magazine and winner of the 1987 Angel Literary Award for Art of the Kitchen Garden.

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