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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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March 2017

The Reunited States of America

March 28 @ 6:00 pm

Compromise and accord seem more elusive than ever in this era of bitter political partisanship. But mediation expert Mark Gerzon sees hope – and spells it out in his book The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide. A manifesto for a movement to reunify the country, it highlights more than 40 individuals and organizations already finding common ground on some of today’s most difficult and divisive issues. Gerzon, founder and president of the Mediators Foundation,…

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Navigating a Life: Henry Bloch in World War II

March 29 @ 6:00 pm

Before embodying the American dream – co-founding H&R Block and building it into the world’s largest tax preparation company – Henry W. Bloch helped define our country’s Greatest Generation. The native Kansas Citian enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the wake of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and flew 32 World War II combat missions as a navigator on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. Bloch, now 94, details his experiences in a new memoir, Navigating a Life: Henry Bloch…

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April 2017

Coterie Theatre: The Watermelon Seed

April 2 @ 2:00 pm

Coterie Theatre artists read from Greg Pizzoli’s hilarious book about a watermelon-loving crocodile who worries about swallowing the seeds. Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation.

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