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Kansas City Public Library

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 2016

Cuba Bound: Photographs by Jesse A. Fernández

September 15, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Admission is free. Cuban-born Jesse A. Fernández (1925–1986) lived intermittently in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. With an extraordinary ability to connect with the expressive essence of each place, Fernández photographed the artists, performers, dancers and writers within the intellectual circles through which he moved. Portraits by Fernández will be shown simultaneously at three venues: artists at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, writers at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library and jazz musicians at the American Jazz Museum.

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December 2016

Washington at the Crossing: 240 Years of Snow and Ice

December 13 @ 6:00 pm

Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of George Washington crossing the icy Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 might have been a bit dramatized (the Stars and Stripes hoisted in the middle of the boat, for example, hadn’t yet been adopted as the new nation’s flag). But the impact of the actual event cannot be overstated. Marking its 240th anniversary, military historian Harry S. Laver of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth looks at Washington’s daring and…

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Pearl Harbor Child

December 15 @ 6:30 pm

The morning of December 7, 1941, remains burned in Dorinda Nicholson’s memory. Japanese bombers swooped so low over her home near the tip of Hawaii’s Pearl City Peninsula, only a few hundred yards from the stricken USS Utah, that the then-6-year-old could see the pilots’ goggles. She and her terrified family took cover in a nearby sugarcane field, and from there watched the historic devastation of the U.S. naval fleet in Pearl Harbor. Nicholson went on to settle in Kansas…

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Amado Espinoza’s World Music Odyssey

December 16 @ 6:30 pm

Bolivian-born Amado Espinoza presents a fun, interactive concert that enlightens children and adults alike on the discovery and migration of music, its importance in culture and communities, and its potential for fostering respect and unity. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

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Ed Wood (1994)

December 17 @ 1:30 pm

Tim Burton has never been about convention, even (and maybe especially) at Christmas. He delivered a very different kind of holiday classic in The Nightmare Before Christmas, a stop-motion animation musical that exemplifies his quirky, dark, and invariably imaginative take on the world. The Library celebrates Burton’s writing, producing, and directing genius by screening five of his films this month, of course saving Nightmare for Christmas Eve. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. December 3      Big Fish (2003; PG-13); 1:30 p.m.…

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