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Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead, singing, dancing, and celebrating the start of the Christmas season with kid rocker Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove. Appropriate for all ages.
Thirty years ago, a peaceful demonstration by university students in the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague set off a chain of events that effectively brought communist rule in the country to an end. Based on actual events, the 2014 film Listopad: A Memory of the Velvet Revolution tells the story of three teenage boys who were swept up in the 10-day bloodless overthrow. The Library screens the 90-minute, Czech-language film (with English subtitles). Producer Jeffrey Brown then leads a discussion of the impact of nonviolent action by ordinary, engaged citizens, which in 1989 was instrumental in transforming authoritarian rule into democracy.
Author John A. Farrell examines our nation’s 37th president and the relevance of his career and complex legacy in the era of Trump in a discussion of Farrell’s biography Richard Nixon: The Life, a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Meet 12-year-old nature enthusiast and owl expert Alex Goodwin, the British youth whose search for treatment of his rare form of cancer led to the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library’s 13th Annual Pre-Owned Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks featuring eye-catching, mouth-watering recipes that will delight family and friends. Learn to cook like a top chef. Or make these recipe books a holiday gift.
Recorded by Dylan Thomas in 1952 and published in book form two years later, A Child’s Christmas in Wales endures as one of the Welsh poet’s most popular works in prose. It’s a wistful reminiscence of Christmas from the viewpoint of a young boy, capturing all aspects of the season.
Nearly a century before ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, a group of 71 delegates from seven states gathered in New York in 1837 for the first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women. It was the birth of the women’s rights movement in our country.