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Through a public-private partnership headed by the Downtown Council, and utilizing funds from federal, state and municipal sources, corporations, foundations, individuals and the Library district itself, the Library raised the nearly $50 million needed for the project. As a result, the new Central Library opened its doors in 2004. The location features state-of-the-art technology, improved and increased services, meeting rooms, a screening room, a coffee shop and much more, all within the walls of a building originally constructed to convey a sense of strength and continuity. It is upon that foundation the Library places its vision for the next century to come.

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September 2017

The Final Mission of Extortion 17

September 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

The deadliest day of the U.S. war in Afghanistan remains shrouded in mystery. All 38 occupants of an Army Chinook helicopter – including 15 members of the elite Seal Team 6, which had killed Osama Bin Laden three months earlier – perished when hit by rocket fire southwest of Kabul in August 2011. Co-pilot Bryan J. Nichols was a Kansas-based Army reservist. Who were the insurgents who attacked from the tower of a two-story building? Had they been tipped off?…

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Writers at War: Literature and the Wartime Experience

September 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

As part of the 2 1/2-month, multi-library Big Read revolving around The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s seminal book about the Vietnam War, two area novelists and a poet share their different wartime perspectives and how their experiences shaped their approaches to writing. The University of Central Missouri’s Matthew Eck drew from his Army service in Somalia in writing his award-winning novel The Farther Shore. H.C. Palmer, a retired physician who served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, recently finished his first book of poetry, Feet…

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