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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 2016

Cuba Bound: Photographs by Jesse A. Fernández

September 15, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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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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The Value of Doubt

September 28 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Religious zealotry plagues the world today, extremists avowing that they have all the truth, all the wisdom, all the divine favor. Actually, says former Kansas City Star columnist and longtime religion writer Bill Tammeus, the road to a healthy, mature faith runs through the valley of the shadow of doubt. Uncertainty is a good thing. Tammeus, who has covered religion for decades for The Star, The Presbyterian Outlook and The National Catholic Reporter, as well as in his daily Faith…

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October 2016

2016 City Market Summer Book Sale

October 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
City Market,
20 East 5th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106 USA
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Looking for some good reads, new music, or a movie or two to enjoy this summer and fall? On the first Saturday of the month from August through October, in the atrium north of Steamboat Arabia at the City Market, the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are selling an array of books and other items for a mere $1 to $2. Choose from recently published hardback fiction, nonfiction, popular young adult, and audio books; soft-cover books for all…

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Waiting for Snow in Havana with María Rosa

October 3 @ 6:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Carlos Eire gave the world a moving and definitive look into life as an exile in his first memoirWaiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2003. Now a professor of history and religious studies at Yale University, Eire discusses the exile experience and the role that María Rosa Menocal, a Yale colleague and fellow Cuban exile, played in writing Waiting for Snow. Menocal was the wife of Library…

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A Conversation with Eleanor Clift

October 4 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Thirty-five more days. An election year like no other nears November and a final verdict from American voters. What do we make of the twists, turns, and tempestuousness of the past eight months? What’s ahead for the presidency, for the major political parties, for a fitful country? Have we lost sight of a potential milestone in U.S. history, a woman’s ascension to the White House? Prominent journalist Eleanor Clift, a Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast and panelist on television’s…

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Blood at the Root

October 6 @ 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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Forsyth County, Georgia, boasts a vibrant job market, outstanding schools, and one of the nation’s fastest-rising populations. But beneath that prosperity is a history of virulent racism that endured, astoundingly, until the late 20th century. In the wake of the rape and fatal beating of a young woman in 1912, white residents lynched one African American spuriously accused of the crime and then drove off every one of Forsyth’s black inhabitants through violence and intimidation. The 247-square-mile patch of hill…

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Art Starts at the Library

October 7 @ 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, enjoying a pair of compelling exhibits in its gleaming galleries, refreshments, family activities, live entertainment, and a special, sneak-peek screening of a new documentary about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. The first-floor Genevieve Guldner Gallery offers a preview of the new Pictures of the Year International exhibit celebrating the work of the world’s leading photojournalists. The Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery houses Cuba Bound: Photographs by Jesse A. Fernandez, a…

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Tremors (1990)

October 8 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library,
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Horror and humor needn’t be mutually exclusive. As Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, once observed, “Both … require the same distorted conception of reality to be effective.” The Library observes Halloween by screening five films in October that effectively combine the two, dishing out chills with a wink. Critics were appreciative; all earned better than 80% positive reviews as tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes. SATURDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault Central Library, 14 W. 10th…

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Connecting in the Land of Dementia

October 9 @ 1:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch,
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 USA
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On the journey through dementia, moments of connection are priceless. In a discussion of her new book Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, author Deborah Shouse shares a variety of simple, imaginative, and meaningful activities gleaned from interviews with dozens of innovators. From music, art, and movies to cooking, gardening, and storytelling, these undertakings can deepen relationships, renew hope, and ignite a sense of purpose in people living with dementia and their care partners. Shouse…

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