The son of a World War II veteran and himself a decorated former Marine who fought a year in Vietnam, Karl Marlantes based his first two books on his military and post-military experiences. In Deep River, he draws movingly from his roots in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest.
He has been the face of Kansas City for eight years. Now, as Sly James completes his second and mandatory final term as mayor, he looks back on a life that took him from his upbringing in a segregated working-class neighborhood to military service in the Marines, a groundbreaking legal career, and ultimately the 29th floor of City Hall.
Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove takes audience members on an extraterrestrial musical adventure through the Milky Way as part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover. Learn about the planets in our solar system, and become a member of the Alien All-Star Band.
What does film tell us about our fascination with and perception of the moon? University of Missouri-Kansas City film studies professor Mitch Brian explores the question, walking through Hollywood’s depiction of space flight and lunar landings using clips from silent movies, blockbuster classics, and documentaries. His presentation is part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover.
Less than one week after taking office, new Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas joins veteran KMBC television news reporter Micheal Mahoney in looking back at Lucas’ decisive election-day win and ahead to the business of running the city in which he grew up.
Bring your energy. Bust out some moves. Young attendees don special headphones and choose from several different musical, DJ-hosted channels to which they can dance. Everybody’s grooving, just not necessarily to the same tunes. For all ages.
The Plaza Branch opens after hours for a special silent disco, allowing attendees ages 21 and up to dance simultaneously to the different beats that move them. Donning special headphones, they choose from several DJ-hosted channels and tunes. The result is a lot of dancing and singing like no one’s watching—a floor full of personal dance parties.