THE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday, September 30 - Sunday, October 6, 2013
SIGNATURE EVENTS


Tuesday, October 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

A Wicked War - Amy S. Greenberg
Historian Amy S. Greenberg discusses her book about the controversial war that divided the nation even as it gave the U.S. control of the vast Southwest.




Wednesday, October 2 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Sound of True Grit: Music Inspired by the Novel - Jeff Harshbarger and The Revisionists
Musician Jeff Harshbarger - accompanied by his band The Revisionists - discusses and performs new and traditional songs reflecting the historic era in which True Grit unfolds.



Thursday, October 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Hail to the Chiefs: Woodrow Wilson - A. Scott Berg
Drawing from his definitive biography Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg looks at the president who was one of the past century's most influential - and enigmatic - figures.




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

True Grit and Black Women of the West: The Story of "Stagecoach" Mary Fields - Michael Searles
Historian Michael Searles explores the world of African American women in the Old West, including Montana's "Stagecoach" Mary Fields, who wore a six shooter, smoked cigars, and was given official permission to drink at her local tavern.




Sunday, October 6 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Rooster: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn - Brett Cogburn
Brett Cogburn introduces us to his great-grandfather, John Franklin "Rooster" Cogburn, who bore an uncanny resemblance to the curmudgeonly protagonist of Charles Portis' acclaimed Western novel True Grit.

PRESENTATIONS & ACTIVITIES


Friday, October 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Friday Night Family Fun: Flamenco de los Barrios
Kansas City's own De los Barrios Flamenco group presents an exciting evening of music and dance. Appropriate for all ages.



Saturday, October 5 - 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
City Market, 400 Grand St.

Friends of the Kansas City Public Library: 2013 City Market Summer Book Sale
Join us the final Friends of the Kansas City Public Library City Market Summer Book Sale of the season. All books are 3 for $1.




Saturday, October 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.

Saddle Up with Bluford: Tales from the Trail
Enjoy an afternoon filled with tales from the trail and crafts from the Old West. Brother John Anderson shares stories about black cowboys. Down to Earth Riders, founded in 2007 to encourage and empower youth through experiences with horses, will also be on hand.



Sunday, October 6 - 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Coterie Theatre: Dramatic
Story Time
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.

October Book Selection:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst

FILMS


Women of the West

Inspired by True Grit's story of young Mattie Ross, this film series looks at women in the Wild West.

 

Saturday, October 5 - 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Westward the Women (1951)

Not Rated (118 min.)

 

EXHIBITS


On display through October 27, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Bittersweet Harvest

This bilingual exhibit examines the experiences of Mexican workers who between 1942 and 1964 participated in the U.S. government's bracero program, the largest guest-worker program in American history.





On display through December 1, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like: The Photographs of F.M. Steele

In the 1890s F.M. Steele chronicled cowboys at work and play on the open ranges of Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. This exhibit of his photographs helps us envision the world in which the novel True Grit unfolds.




On display through December 29, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Guerrillas in Our Midst

This original exhibit from the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections employs vintage photographs and illustrations to tell the story of the border conflict that raged between Missouri and Kansas before, during, and after the
Civil War.




On display through 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon

This exhibit highlights the local legend's rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.


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NEXT WEEK
October 7 - October 13, 2013

 

Tuesday, October 8 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
True Life, True Grit: Achieve the Honorable - Ike Skelton
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Wednesday, October 9 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Inside the Park: Running the Base Path of Life - Willie Wilson
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Wednesday, October 9 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Bittersweet Harvest: Mexican Witness - Christopher Leitch
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Thursday, October 10 6:00 p.m.
Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Pkwy.
10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC
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Thursday, October 10 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Meet the Past: Tom Bass
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Friday, October 11 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Friday Night Family Fun: Zak Morgan
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Saturday, October 12 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Film: The Ballad of Little Jo (1993: R)
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Saturday, October 12 2:00 p.m.
Westport Branch, 118 Westport Rd.
Westport Historical Speaker Series: Lock Down - Lawmen, Outlaws, and Frontier Justice in Jackson County, Missouri
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