Monday, August 11 - Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tuesday, August 12 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Small-Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America - John E. Miller
John E. Miller discusses his book about how giants of American art, industry, and politics - the likes of Walt Disney, Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Ronald Reagan - were nurtured and shaped by their boyhoods in small Midwestern towns.

Wednesday, August 13 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Great War | Great Read:
Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War - Paul Jankowski
Historian Paul Jankowski discusses his book about one of history's greatest and most demanding battlefield encounters, a 302-day nightmare in northern France that left an estimated 303,000 French and German soldiers dead and more than 400,000 wounded.

Thursday, August 14 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A Man, A Plan, A Panama Canal Railway: A Conversation with Dave Starling
One day shy of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, Kansas City Southern President and CEO Dave Starling joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about KC Southern's role in rebuilding the parallel Panama Canal Railway.

Sunday, August 17 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Great War | Great Read: Missouri's German Americans During World War I - Petra DeWitt
Historian Petra DeWitt examines the suspicions and hostilities faced by Missouri's sizable German American population during World War I, including questions about loyalty and an effort to ban the German language in the state.

Sunday, August 17 - 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Art of the Human Spirit - Julian Zugazagoitia
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Director Julian Zugazagoitia discusses the ways in which art can be a manifestation of the human spirit and experience. The event marks the opening of a new Library book collection, The Human Spirit, housed at the Plaza Branch.


Friday, August 15 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Friday Night Family Fun: Eric Vaughn Magic
Decorated Kansas City magician Eric Vaughn delivers an interactive, enthusiastic - and just plain wacky - performance that keeps audiences simultaneously laughing and scratching their heads. Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, August 16 - 1:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

TEDxYouth@KC Orientation & Planning
Kansas City area residents ages 25 and younger are invited to take part in a planning session for the TEDx Youth event scheduled for November. Attendees can share ideas and volunteer to assist with event planning, set design, and video production.


Off-the-Wall Film Series:
1984: Rave New World

This summer's Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.


Friday, August 15 - 8:45 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Repo Man (1984)

Rated R (92 min.)


Hollywood's Greatest Year

Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film.


Saturday, August 16 - 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Rated PG (102 min.)



On display through August 31, 2014
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
This exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution celebrates the history of America's Asian Pacific citizens - from the first Asian immigrants to their place in key moments in America's history.

On display through January 4, 2015
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city's great economic engine.

  August 18 - August 24, 2014


Tuesday, August 19 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride - Carl Weber
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Wednesday, August 20 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Great War | Great Read: Intelligence and Espionage During World War I - Mark Stout
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Thursday, August 21 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God - Frank Schaeffer
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Saturday, August 23 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Film: Stagecoach (1939; NR)
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