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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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April 2016

Chasing Weather

April 2 - May 29
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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There is beauty in a billowing supercell in the distance, in jagged streaks of lightning and thin, swaying funnels reaching down to the countryside. That’s what is conveyed in Stephen Locke’s photography, not merely the mayhem of a spring or summer storm. Seventeen of the Roeland Park, Kansas, photographer’s arresting images – accompanied by the poetry of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam Goldberg – are featured in the new Library exhibitionChasing Weather. It mirrors the coupling of photos and…

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May 2016

An Evening with Juan Felipe Herrera

May 27 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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The son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera traces his love of poetry to childhood and singing songs about the Mexican Revolution learned from his mother. He would go on to become his home state’s poet laureate and, in September 2015, the first Latino poet laureate of the U.S. The New York Times hailed him as one of the first poets to successfully create “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else:…

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Hellboy (2004)

May 28 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk. SATURDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. May 7 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014; PG-13) May 14 The Rocketeer (1991; PG) May 21 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010; PG-13) May 28 Hellboy…

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Girl in Glass

May 31 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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When her daughter was born nearly four months premature, Deanna Fei confronted a shattering question: Had she delivered a child or lost one? Over months in the hospital, Fei held the hand of her tiny baby as she fought for life inside a glass box. Then, a year after bringing the child home, the CEO of her husband’s company publicly blamed the medical bills of the beautiful, now-thriving little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price…

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Girl in Glass

May 31 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Kansas Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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When her daughter was born nearly four months premature, Deanna Fei confronted a shattering question: Had she delivered a child or lost one? Over months in the hospital, Fei held the hand of her tiny baby as she fought for life inside a glass box. Then, a year after bringing the child home, the CEO of her husband’s company publicly blamed the medical bills of the beautiful, now-thriving little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price…

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June 2016

Meet the Past: A Conversation with William Shakespeare

June 1 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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His comedies, histories, and tragedies have been performed worldwide for more than 400 years, but William Shakespeare’s personal life remains something of a mystery. In a special installment of the unique, Emmy Award-winning series Meet the Past, the famed playwright – as portrayed by Kansas City actor Mark Robbins – sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a probing, public conversation about his life and celebrated body of work.The presentation will be recorded by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.…

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Art Starts at the Library

June 3 @ 6:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Begin your First Friday outing at the Library with two gallery stops, live music, and more! CHASING WEATHER Genevieve Guldner Gallery, 1st Floor The arresting, severe-weather photography of Stephen Locke is paired with the poetry of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. SHAKESPEARE: SETTING THE STAGE Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery, 2nd Floor This newly opened exhibit features costumes and sets from various presentations by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy live music on the Rooftop Terrace by local…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

June 3 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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There may be no better way to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare than through a production of his enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Colorful and lively, it involves magic, fairies, mistaken identities, and plenty of action. Team Shakespeare, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s teen theatre troupe, stages the play as part of the Library’s Friday Night Family Fun series, which offers entertaining and enriching activities for kids from the very young to teens and their families.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

June 3 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Kansas Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Friday Night Family Fun There may be no better way to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare than through a production of his enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Colorful and lively, it involves magic, fairies, mistaken identities, and plenty of action. Team Shakespeare, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s teen theatre troupe, stages the play as part of the Library’s Friday Night Family Fun series, which offers entertaining and enriching activities for kids from the very young to teens and…

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What About Bob? (1991)

June 4 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude. SATURDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. June 4 What About Bob? (1991; PG) June 11 Jaws (1975; PG) June 18 The Great Outdoors (1988; PG) June 25 National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983; R)

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Shakespeare and the Art of the Word – Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

June 26 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Script-in-Hand Series: Much Ado About Shakespeare The Library’s 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances concludes with an original Shakespeare-inspired production – a collage of readings of some of the Bard’s greatest texts, scene enactments, and images of text from the First Folio. Created by Karen Paisley, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s producing artistic director, the production highlights popular and well-known passages while flushing out older, more obscure ones, introducing and reintroducing Shakespeare in a visceral and exciting way. Members of the Friends…

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