Monday, December 3 - Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tuesday, December 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy - David Nasaw
Drawing on exclusive access to Joseph Kennedy's papers, historian David Nasaw offers a portrait of a complicated man - financier, filmmaker, kingmaker, and father of a president.

Thursday, December 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Twelve Days of Christmas, Revisited - Eric Brende
Author / musician / rickshaw driver Eric Brende offers new lyrics for a Christmas favorite that reflect a greener, cleaner, more frugal approach to celebrating the holidays.

Sunday, December 9 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Dickens - Pip Utton
British actor Pip Utton performs his one-man show about the later years of the great Victorian writer, who has left his hated wife and found a new career with public readings of his works.


Tuesday, December 4 - 7:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Book Group - What the Dickens!
Get into the swing of the Charles Dickens bicentennial with the Library's book discussion groups.


Book Selection:
The Christmas Stories

Friday, December 7 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A Christmas Carol, Reduced
Members of the Out Loud Teen Reader's Theatre Group, made up of local adolescents interested in reading and sharing stories out loud, have spent six weeks reading and rehearsing (and having fun) to prepare their own modern twist on Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Sunday, December 9 - 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Dramatic Story Time -
Coterie Theatre
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.


December Book Selection:
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka


Sunday, December 9 - 1:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Movies That Matter - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1939)
Think you're film literate? Not until you've experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this new series.

It's the End of the World as
We Know It

What if the Mayans were right? We're hedging our bets and wrapping up the year with a film series about the various forms the apocalypse might take.


Monday, December 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
When Worlds Collide (1951)

Not Rated (83 min.)


A Very Dickens Christmas

Get into the holiday spirit with five terrific movies inspired by Charles Dickens' immortal story A Christmas Carol.


Saturday, December 8 - 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Rated G (85 min.)



December 1 - December 31, 2012
Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

Depicting Dickens

This collection of illustrations, photographs, and objects (Doulton figurines, ash trays, teapots) demonstrates the far-flung influences of Charles Dickens' robust, indelible, and often grotesque characters.

November 28, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Kansas City's Finest

The long and colorful history of the Kansas City Police Department is examined in this exhibit featuring images from the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections.

November 10, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living With the Atomic Bomb, 1945-65

This exhibit looks at how everyday citizens during the Cold War responded to the constant threat of nuclear war at home, at school, in their communities, and at play.

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December 10 - December 16, 2012


Monday, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Film: Miracle Mile (1988)
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Friday, Dec. 14 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Friday Night Family Fun -
Snow Day!

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Saturday, Dec. 15 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Film: A Christmas Carol (2009)
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