Monday, December 2 - Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tuesday, December 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Big Hits, Lasting Hurts - Roger Twibell, Carl Peterson, Trent Green, and Conrad Dobler
Sportscaster Roger Twibell and a panel of NFL veterans - former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, and three-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Conrad Dobler - look at the complicated issue of player health and safety from both personal and institutional points of view.

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

The Iron Lady: How Should We Rate Margaret Thatcher? - Victor Bailey
Even in death, Britain's "Iron Lady," Margaret Thatcher, divides and polarizes. Victor Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kansas, examines the legacy of the first female and longest-serving Prime Minister of the last century.

Thursday, December 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Dateline: Washington: When Fashion Meets Power - Robin Givhan
Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle examines When Fashion Meets Power in a public conversation with Pulitzer-winning fashion critic, Robin Givhan of The Daily Beast and Newsweek.

Sunday, December 8 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The 1940 Kansas City Project - John Simonson
Historian John Simonson explains how a 1940 photographic survey of Kansas City - part of an effort to create an honest property tax policy after years of Pendergast corruption - left us with a remarkable record from the year before America was plunged into World War II.


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

Friday Night Family Fun: StoneLion Puppets - "The Night Before Christmas"
Experience the true spirit of the holidays when Kansas City's own StoneLion Puppet Theatre brings to life Clement C. Moore's famous poem, "The Night Before Christmas." Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, December 7 - 10:00 a.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Friends of the Kansas City Public Library: 7th Annual Pre-Owned Cookbook Sale
The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library's 7th Annual Cookbook Sale offers ethnic and specialty cookbooks, as well as vintage cookbooks produced by churches, schools, and clubs. Also available are mint-condition coffee table books perfect for holiday regifting and a giant selection of children's holiday books.

Saturday, December 7 - 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Chocolate Me! - Shane Evans
Enjoy a presentation by local author/illustrator Shane Evans, who discusses his collaboration with actor Taye Diggs on the children's book Chocolate Me!. Then view a screening of his "chocolatementary." Appropriate for all ages.

Sunday, December 8 - 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.


Muni the Magnificent

Though he's largely forgotten today, in the 1930s the chameleonic Paul Muni was widely considered the best actor in the movies. This film series features four of his greatest hits.


Saturday, December 7 - 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Scarface (1932)

Not Rated (93 min.)



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.

On display December 7, 2013
through January 31, 2014

Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


For more than 30 years John C. Tibbetts has attended Hollywood film junkets, not only interviewing stars but also creating portraits that his subjects signed. This exhibit features more than 80 of his favorite celebrity depictions.

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 December 9 - December 15, 2013



Friday, Dec. 13 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Friday Night Family Fun: A Child's Victorian Christmas
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Saturday, Dec. 14 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Film: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932; NR)
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