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Friday Night Family Fun resumes – in person – in the Kid Corner of the Plaza Branch with a fun, lively event featuring Kansas City children's musician, educator, and storyteller Dinosaur “Dino” O’Dell. Count monsters, fix spaceships, and swim in peanut better during this interactive presentation, which also will be livestreamed on the Library’s Youth YouTube channel. (Ages 3 and up)
Even outside of his native Kansas City, Evan S. Connell is regarded as a modern master in literary circles. However, until now no one has written extensively about his life and work, including his best-known books Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge.
Which Kansas City school is best for your child? At the annual City School Fair, families can learn about more about 50 public, private, and charter institutions in the Kansas City Public Schools district serving youth in kindergarten through high school.
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph J. Ellis and the Library’s Steve Woolfolk discuss his newest book, The Cause: the American Revolution and its Discontents: 1773-1783. The discussion promises to be as lively as the action-packed scenes in his work.
Drawing in part from a raft of newly available archival records, noted historian John Robert Greene has taken perhaps the most complete account to date of our 43rd president’s eight years in office. And he argues that scholars and other historians have too hastily judged it a complete failure.
Author Mallory O’Meara joins the Library’s Kaite Stover in a discussion of O’Meara’s new book Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol. They examine the hidden yet substantial influence that women have had on the world’s alcohol culture – from production to distribution to consumption, from Cleopatra to Thomas Jefferson’s wife Martha to today’s female distillery owners, brewmasters, and award-winning bartenders.
The lower Missouri River was a veritable steamboat graveyard in the 19th century as more than 300 vessels ended up at the bottom of the Big Muddy. The steamers were technological marvels of the day with long, wide, flat hulls and high-pressure engines, allowing for greater speeds on the water even when fully loaded with goods and passengers.
What none of us want to so much as think about, Ivan Maisel and his family endured six years ago. Not long after his 21st birthday, without a signal that anything was seriously wrong, his son Max died by suicide – an act, and most profoundly a loss, that Maisel says “devastated our lives.”