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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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July 2016

Jane Austen and the State of the Nation

July 30 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Kansas Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Jane Austen remains famous today for Pride and Prejudice and other novels in which she reflects on the life of the British land gentry at the end of the 18th century. Critics often say she did so at the expense of more meaningful commentary on the politics of the day. Not so, says the University of Central Missouri’s Sheryl Craig. In a presentation based on her book, Jane Austen and the State of the Nation, Craig explores Austen’s references to…

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From Cowtown to Paris of the Plains: Kansas City Composers

July 31 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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From its early days as a cowtown – a jumping-off point to the West and shipping center for meat and wheat – Kansas City not only grew into a Midwest manufacturing and commercial hub. It also blossomed into a cultural center. During a time of rapid change in popular music, the sounds of military marches gave way in the city to syncopated ragtime and lively jazz. In a special musical presentation, the quartet Ninkasi illustrates the variety and vitality of…

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August 2016

Election Insiders

August 2 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Kansas Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Less than 100 days before Americans go to the polls, the latest installment of Dateline: Washingtonexamines what has been one of the most extraordinary election years in the nation’s history. TIMEmagazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with former Politico writer Mike Allen, spotlighting the bruising contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and the potential ramifications further down each ticket. Allen, one of the most powerful and influential journalists in Washington, was Politico’s chief White House correspondent…

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Art Starts at the Library

August 5 @ 5:30 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 Central Library with visits to our two galleries, live music, refreshments, and more during an open house showcasing some of the building’s unique spaces. Take in the exhibit Republican Showdown in Kansas City, recounting the drama of the nation’s last contested political convention – in KC’s Kemper Arena in 1976 – in the Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery (2nd floor). The Genevieve Guldner Gallery (1st floor) houses Second Time Around, a creative collection…

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Young Actors Workshop Performance

August 5 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Kansas Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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After five weeks of drama classes, participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience. Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by youth ages 3-17 taught by theatre instructor John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. All ages.

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The Candidate (1972)

August 6 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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From his professional acting debut on an early TV game show – for which he accepted a fishing rod as payment – Robert Redford grew into a Hollywood icon, ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 30 greatest actors of all time. He’s an Oscar-winning director, to boot. Commemorating his 80th birthday on August 18, the Library screens four films during the month that showcase Redford’s striking combination of All-American looks and acting chops. SATURDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. Stanley…

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God Hates

August 9 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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One prominent theologian calls Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church “arguably the most obnoxious Protestant congregation in American religious history.” It is known for its “God Hates” slogan and all-be-damned picketing of funerals, scenes of national tragedy, and other sites and occasions of church members’ choosing. In a discussion of her new book God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right, Arkansas State University sociologist Rebecca Barrett-Fox goes inside the church and its hyper-Calvinist ideology. She makes a case…

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