Other Reading Programs

Great City | Great Read – Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
September – November 2015

No other product of Victorian literature has enjoyed as long and boisterous a life as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a story written for one young girl that became an enduring, worldwide classic—adored by young and old. The Kansas City Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library joined families, friends, and neighbors in a citywide celebration of this beloved book in September, October, and November 2015.

Great War | Great Read
August – October 2014

The Kansas City Public Library and the National World War I Museum present Great War | Great Read — a commemoration of the centennial of World War I, including a community-wide reading and discussion of two classic books: Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Barbara W. Tuchman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history, The Guns of August.

New Lives in New Worlds: The Global Immigrant Experience
October, 2012 – February, 2013

A special book group event focused on the immigrant experience outside of the United States. Rreaders discussed four diverse novels written by contemporary authors representing a variety of cultures. All discussions were held at the Waldo Community Library.

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War
March – May, 2012

A scholar-led discussion series that commemorated the sesquicentennial of this conflict with community conversations, informed by great works of fiction and non-fiction as well as wartime accounts.

A Taste of Victorian Literature
February – May, 2011

A unique book group experience focused on four enduring authors of the Victorian era.

Building Bridges: A Selection of Classic Black Literature
February – May, 2011

A unique book group experience focused on great books by black American authors.

The Great Debates Revisited
September – October, 2010

To mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark moment in American political history, the Kansas City Public Library, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and the Truman Library Institute presented a series of programs that featured weekly screenings of the four televised match-ups, book discussion groups, as well as Hollywood films examining the lives and legacies of Kennedy and Nixon.