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

Sunday, December 12, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ouisa Kittredge is an affluent New York socialite in love with culture, so much so that her conversation is teeming with references to art, international politics, and contemporary cuisine. A young con man enters her home, speaking her language so fluently that his soliloquy on the virtue (and death) of imagination alters her self-perception to the point that her prized Kandinsky painting takes on new meaning. This tragicomedy confronts issues of identity and the commercialization of art as well as racial and sexual politics. 

Friday, December 10, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Christmas Variety Show hosted by Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove, featuring holiday music by Cosgrove and Rockin’ Rob. Other acts include storyteller and spoken word performer Joyce Slater and juggler Brian Wendling.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career. The book includes his take on Tiger Woods’ troubles, Ronald Reagan’s colon surgery, and an imagined talk between Hillary Clinton and Lorena Bobbit.

Judge’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including: The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Review.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts representatives Anita Decker and Mike Griffin discuss recent changes to NEA grant requirements and offer a tutorial for persons and organizations seeking NEA funding.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Brass—a six-member ensemble comprised of Kansas City Symphony performers—returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of favorites from the sacred to the secular.

The Kansas City Brass is a brass ensemble with percussion organized in 1991. Its members are: Gary Schutza Jr. and Brian Rood (trumpets), Steve Multer (horn), Wyatt Henderson (trombone), Steven Seward (tuba), and Timothy Jepson (percussion).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Following a contentious meeting in December 1955, the Kansas City Bar Association voted to admit both African Americans and women as members. This decision made the organization open to all lawyers regardless of gender or race. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III discusses the life and career of iconic film director Frank Capra.

“As America urbanized and spread its ideology, Capra and some of his contemporaries made movies examining the manners, morals, and culture of its small towns and frontier,” says Kemper. “They focused on the individuals whose idiosyncrasies built our vision of community and, together, these directors represent a kind of collaborative 20th century Tocqueville looking at the results of democratic culture.”

Monday, December 6, 2010

Owning a business is the very definition of the American dream for many. Timothy Sandefur discusses his new book The Right to Earn a Living, which charts the history of the fundamental human right of economic liberty—a right he says the Founding Fathers considered to be vital to the “pursuit of happiness.”

Sandefur will discuss how the Constitution seeks to protect the right to earn a living and the Constitutional amendments that expanded that protection to all Americans, regardless of race.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Noted historian Paul Nagel joins Douglas Adams, the great-great-great-great grandson of John Adams, for an examination of the extraordinary multigenerational legacy of the John Adams family on Sunday, December 5, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Friends of the Library are holding their annual Cookbook Sale on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 10am to 4pm, at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.

We'll feature new, gently used, historic, local, regional, spiralbound, paperback, and hardcover cookbooks—most priced at $3.00. We'll also present a selection of "collectible" cookbooks and some suitable for gift giving, selling from $5-$15. Also at the sale will be a variety of food- related nonfiction and fiction.

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