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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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February 2016

“Two Guys,” One Marketing Win – Pat Piper

February 9 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Kansas City’s Barkley advertising agency hatched the enormously successful “Two Guys” campaign for Sonic Drive-In a little more than 12 years ago, letting a couple of improv actors comically pitch tater tots and slushy drinks from the front seat of their car. It became a pop culture phenomenon. How did the spots – intended to run just four months – come to be? What went into the campaign? Pat Piper, a former Barkley writer, creative director, and vice president, was…

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Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan – Douglas Waller

February 10 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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They are the most famous and controversial directors in the history of the CIA – Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey – and they shared a professional history from start to finish. All were recruited by William “Wild Bill” Donovan to the CIA’s forerunner, the Office of Strategic Services. Each would see his career end badly. In a discussion of his new book, a follow-up to his earlier, acclaimed biography of Donovan, former TIME magazine correspondent Douglas…

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Lincoln and Shakespeare – Michael Anderegg

February 11 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare rose to prominence centuries and continents apart. But one of America’s greatest presidents felt a real connection to one of mankind’s greatest writers, beginning with their shared belief in the power of language. Lincoln read Shakespeare and quoted him often in conversation, finding particular resonance in Hamlet, Macbeth, and their reflections on the dangers of excessive ambition, the horrors of civil war, and the corruptions of illegitimate rule. The University of North Dakota’s Michael Anderegg…

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History of African-American Cowboys – Brother John

February 12 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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While the best-known cowboys of the Old West were white, it’s believed one in four were African-American. Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John Anderson helps young audience members explore their history. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

February 13 @ 11:00 am
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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The name – the Black Panthers – is seared into ’60s history, evoking both menace and leather-jacketed, Afro-coiffed cool. The radical group stood at the vanguard of the era’s movement for social change in America before its decline and eventual disintegration in the 1970s and early ’80s. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson takes a deep, clear-eyed look at the Black Panther Party and its significance to American culture in his latest film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Released just…

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Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

February 13 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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But, soft! What light through yonder film projector breaks? Be sure to check out these Hollywood interpretations of Shakespeare’s prose each Saturday in February. Joss Whedon puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s dialogue-rich comedy about two pairs of lovers with differing views on love. Claudio and Hero can’t find a way to be together, and Benedick and Beatrice can’t find a way to avoid each other. SATURDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault Central Library, 14 W. 10th…

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Winston Churchill at War on the Nile – James W. Muller

February 14 @ 1:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Islamism – or political Islam, the movement to infuse Islam in all areas of life – is hardly a 21st century phenomenon. Winston S. Churchill was a young second lieutenant and war correspondent when he participated in 1898 in the Battle of Omdurman, which retook Sudanese territory that Mahdists had dominated for more than 13 years in their quest to establish an Islamic empire. He published an account of the Mahdist rebellion and reconquest of the Sudan in his book…

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Ciné Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Love

February 14 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. TheCiné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.…

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American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

February 16 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Author Greg Weiner maintains that today’s politically polarized America badly misses Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the former presidential aide, United Nations ambassador, and four-term U.S. senator from New York who died in 2003. He was a liberal who thought outside the liberal box, who respected both the indispensability of government and the complexity of society. In that respect, Weiner says, he echoed British statesman and scholar Edmund Burke, who set the stage for modern conservativism but exercised a similar broad-mindedness in…

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Disappearing Acts (2000)

February 18 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America in presenting a series of screenings of four memorable films adapted from books by African American authors. Funding provided by the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee. Thursdays and Sundays in February Beloved (1998; R; 172 min.) Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. • Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. The Color Purple (1985; PG-13; 154 min.) Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. •…

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Anonymous (2011)

February 20 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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But, soft! What light through yonder film projector breaks? Be sure to check out these Hollywood interpretations of Shakespeare’s prose each Saturday in February. Was Shakespeare really Shakespeare? Are the plays the timeless works of a barely schooled actor or a highly educated nobleman with ties to the Elizabethan court? SATURDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. February 6 Shakespeare in Love (R) February 13 Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13) February 20…

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The Hours (2002)

February 21 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with psychological studies of films starring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. A discussion follows each screening. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Cunningham, this film focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are connected by the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway. Streep plays Clarissa, a New Yorker preparing a party for her AIDS-stricken friend in 2001. Julianne Moore is Laura, a…

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Latina Religious Leadership in the Catholic Church in Kansas City

February 21 @ 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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As part of a yearlong, statewide Missouri Latinos initiative, the Kansas City Public Library is offering an array of special programming. Theresa Torres explores how the Guadalupanas, a religious organization of Mexican-American women, began a grassroots movement in Kansas City, Missouri, ultimately preventing the closing of their church. Religion and social action, though, both empowered and limited these remarkable Latina women. The Guadalupanas saw themselves as agents for change, yet they faced difficulties in understanding and maintaining their limited gendered…

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The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

February 21 @ 2:00 pm
UMKC Miller Nichols Library,
800 E 51st St
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America in presenting a series of screenings of four memorable films adapted from books by African American authors. Funding provided by the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee. Thursdays and Sundays in February Beloved (1998; R; 172 min.) Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. • Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. The Color Purple (1985; PG-13; 154 min.) Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. •…

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