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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 2015

Harry Potter Party

September 4 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Join the Kansas City Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance in an evening of activities that are all about J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard. Appropriate for all ages.

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2015 City Market Summer Book Sale

September 5 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
City Market,
20 East 5th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106 USA
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Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. – North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact info@kclibraryfriends.org, or call 816.701.3468. Prices Most Hardbacks – $1  |  Most Paperbacks – 50¢ DVDs – $2  |  CDs –  $1  |  Audiobooks – $1 Vintage & New Books – $5 The 2015 City Market Summer Book Sale dates include: Saturday,…

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

September 5 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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As the Kansas City area settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to stories of some of the big screen’s more famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. September 5, 2015 — Rebel Without a Cause (1955; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes) September 12, 2015 — Mean Girls (2004; Rated PG-13; 97 minutes) September 19, 2015 — Brick (2005;…

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Walt Disney – Steven Watts

September 6 @ 6:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Few creative artists before or since Walt Disney have left as deep an imprint on our culture. Nearly a half-century after his death in 1966, the man who gave us Mickey Mouse, the first feature-length animated film (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), and Disneyland remains an American icon. What imprint did Disney’s early years in Marceline, Missouri, and Kansas City leave on him? On the morals and messages in his creations? Join Steven Watts in a sneak peek at PBS’ upcoming…

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The Power of Reading and Writing

September 8 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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An estimated 225,000 adults in Kansas City function at the lowest literacy level, denied some of the simplest and most important moments in life because they cannot read. The nonprofit organization Literacy Kansas City targets that issue through tutoring and other direct services, advocacy, and collaboration. Its seventh annual event at the Library, The Power of Reading and Writing, emceed by KCPT-TV’s Nick Haines, commemorates the effort and the adult learners benefitting from it. A number of them share their stories. Kansas City Star columnist Jenee Osterheldtand…

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The King of Kings County

September 9 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Whitney Terrell’s novel, The King of Kings County, remains a landmark examination of white flight and the manipulative, prejudice-laced real estate practices that helped to segregate Kansas City. Selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor, its inquiry into the economic roots of racial inequality feels even more current today. On the 10th anniversary of its publication, Terrell—assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City—revisits the issues he explored in the book. Has the city’s…

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Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs – Paul Kelton

September 10 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Historians have long pointed to the devastation of smallpox and other European-introduced diseases in tracing the demise of North America’s indigenous peoples. Lacking antibodies, hundreds of thousands of Native Americans died. Control of the New World swung to its white colonists. But that’s a convenient and incomplete story, says University of Kansas history professor Paul Kelton. Yes, there were epidemics. But in a discussion of his new book Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation’s Fight against Smallpox, 1518–1824, he maintains that…

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Kevin Roth

September 11 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Philadelphia-born Kevin Roth draws from his collection of over 250 children’s songs for an interactive presentation focusing on character development, social skills, and teaching youngsters that we are all part of one world. Appropriate for all ages.

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Mean Girls (2004)

September 12 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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As the Kansas City area settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to stories of some of the big screen’s more famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. September 5, 2015 — Rebel Without a Cause (1955; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes) September 12, 2015 — Mean Girls (2004; Rated PG-13; 97 minutes) September 19, 2015 — Brick (2005;…

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Judy Schachner

September 13 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Judy Schachner doodled on just about everything while growing up in New England, including her father’s bald head. Now, as The New York Times once put it, she is “something like the James Joyce for the elementary school set” — the author and illustrator of some two dozen children’s books including Bits & Pieces, Yo Vikings, The Grannyman, Willy and May, and the Skippyjon Jones series. The latter earned her the first E.B. White Read Aloud Award. The former Hallmark greeting card designer discusses her…

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The Life and Times of Barbara Jordan

September 27 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Lucile H. Bluford Branch,
3050 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64128 USA
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Westport Center for the Arts and the Kansas City Public Library pay tribute to a groundbreaking politician and stateswoman in “The Life and Times of Barbara Jordan”.   In 1966, Jordan became the first African American to be elected to the Texas Senate. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, becoming the first woman to represent Texas in Congress. During the Watergate Hearings, Jordan’s speech about Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal and reasons for his…

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The Life and Times of Barbara Jordan

September 27 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Lucile H. Bluford Branch,
3050 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64128 USA
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Westport Center for the Arts and the Kansas City Public Library pay tribute to a groundbreaking politician and stateswoman in “The Life and Times of Barbara Jordan” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Lucille H. Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Actress Jacqeline L. Gafford portrays Barbara Jordan as a professor introducing herself to her graduate level class at the University of Texas at Austin. As a way of setting expectations for her Political Values and…

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