Why read the King James Bible?
Douglas Hundley, an elder at the Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, answers that question on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
His talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible on display through August 10 at the Central Library.
Hundley uses his love of the King James Bible as a stepping off point for an even more fundamental question: Why do we read?
"That's a question relevant to any text in any form, and it was as urgent in the days of King James as it is in our own," Hundley says. "If we are taught to read well, we learn a kind of humility, an openness to thoughts other than our own. At the same time, we are reminded that we have standing to question, to aspire, to dream."
Hundley describes himself as "a common reader" whose interest in the history of the King James Bible has led him to ask why reading itself is essential and how he can share the gift of reading with his children.
Manifold Greatness was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the Bodleian Libraries, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bible's publication. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.