Friday, March 1, 2013
Join us for a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss!
Enjoy stories, crafts, and more. We will make Cat in the Hat hats, and play Dr. Seuss Bingo and other games inspired by Dr. Seuss books. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
The event is appropriate for all ages. Craft supplies will be provided.
Friday, March 1, 2013
This year’s symposium examines the history and legacy of the American Civil Rights movement. At 9 a.m. Tufts University’s Leslie Brown examines the early years of civil rights activism. At 10 a.m. the University of South Carolina’s Patricia Sullivan explores the pivotal year 1963 and the March on Washington. A Kansas City Civil Rights Roundtable convenes at 11:30 a.m., and a panel discussion begins at 12:30 p.m.
Symposium workshops are ideal for teachers in grades kindergarten through 12th, but the public is welcome to attend.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
In the summer of 1963 more than 200,000 demonstrators descended on the nation’s capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event was highlighted by Martin Luther King’s memorable “I Have A Dream” speech and pressured the Kennedy administration into initiating a strong federal civil rights bill.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Its reputation is that of America’s incorruptible police force. Yet the primary mission of the FBI is secret intelligence, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner. In his new book Weiner reveals how presidents have used the agency as the most formidable intelligence force in American history, and how the bureau has spied on anyone it considers subversive … including presidents.
The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between national security and civil liberties, creating a tension that strains the very fabric of a free society.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Author Laura Lippman’s appearance at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. – initially scheduled for this evening, Monday, February 25, 2013 – has been cancelled due to the impending winter storm.
We appreciate you taking the time to RSVP for this event and will make every effort to notify you when and if the event is rescheduled.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Dean Young, this year's Carolyn S. Benton Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence at UMKC, reads from his poetry and discusses his work during a public conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR's New Letters on the Air.
Young's poetry has been described "as entertaining as a three-ring circus and as imaginative as a canvas by Hieronymus Bosch." Using surrealist techniques like collage, he often blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Twenty Films Essential to Cinema Literacy
Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this new series. Former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff) provides opening and closing remarks.
Friday, February 22, 2013
In honor of Black History Month Tommy Terrific will be performing a magic show about the African-American scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. The show will feature magic tricks related to Carver’s promotion of peanuts, sweet potatoes, and much more. Tommy will explore the products, inventions, and accomplishments of Carver, also known as the “Wizard of Tuskegee.” This show is appropriate for children of all ages.
Other performances are scheduled during the month of February:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Topeka native Gary Jackson reads from and discusses his Missing You, Metropolis, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the exceptional first book by an African-American poet.
With humor and the delight of a serious comic book collector, Jackson – recently named one of “five young black writers you should be reading now” – imagines the comic-book world of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men co-existing with the real world of Kansas, racial isolation, and the gravesides of a sister and a friend.
Co-sponsored by Park University and the University of Central Missouri.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
George Washington was a slave owner, a fact which he described as his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” So much did he regret it that in his will Washington made the startling decision to free his slaves. Author Henry Wiencek, who in 2012 spoke at the Library about Thomas Jefferson’s attitudes toward slavery, now examines the relationship between the most iconic of our Founding Fathers and the “peculiar institution.”