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

Sunday, May 15, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In association with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, re-enactors and historians will participate in an 1860s-themed fashion show. The will wear clothing of the free and enslaved, civilian and military, North and South. Kandice Walker, director of the John Wornall House, joins with other experts to discuss the significance of the apparel.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story, The Rabbit and the Coyote. Using slides of illustrations by Francisco Toledo, the most important contemporary living artist in Mexico, Climaco tells the tale of how the rabbit outsmarted the coyote – which is why coyotes always look up at the moon.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

John Curatola of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of General Curtis LeMay.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Area artist Lynus Young discusses his show, Vapor DEVA, on display in the Guldner Gallery at the Central Library through June 19, 2011.

Young’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Germany, and Japan, and is among the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College.

The artist will attend a pre-event reception, giving the audience an opportunity to learn more about his work.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Award-winning author Leo Damrosch discusses his new biography, Tocqueville’s Discovery of America.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Urban forestry advocate David Nowak discusses planning efforts to advance an urban and community forest plan in Kansas City.

Nowak is a project leader for the Forestry Service at the Northeast Forest Research Station, where he has developed modeling software to quantify the benefits of urban trees – in terms of energy conservation and the impact on ground-level ozone.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Guldner Gallery at the Central Library completes its 2011 series of exhibitions that feature local talent with the artwork of Lynus Young.

Saturday, May 7, 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.

Friday, May 6, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

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.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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.

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