Kansas City Public Library http://kcur.org en A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns http://kcur.org/post/fistful-spaghetti-westerns <p></p><p></p><p>A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western <em>A Fistful of Dollars</em> – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date,&nbsp;</em></a>Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 58949 at http://kcur.org A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns Library Offers Seeds To Check Out And Return http://kcur.org/post/library-offers-seeds-check-out-and-return <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a new resource in town for Kansas City gardeners: a seed library. Starting this spring at the Ruiz branch of the Kansas City Public Library, anyone with a library card can check out seeds for typical garden plants, from cilantro to tomatoes. At the end of the season, patrons return the seeds they harvest from the plants they grow.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 55123 at http://kcur.org Library Offers Seeds To Check Out And Return The Life And Work Of Kansas City Civil Rights Activist, Alvin Sykes http://kcur.org/post/life-and-work-kansas-city-civil-rights-activist-alvin-sykes <p>Kansas City native Alvin Sykes is a self-taught civil rights activist who has done instrumental work with the justice system, particularly with unsolved civil rights crimes, including the high-profile murder of Emmett Till, and the 1980 murder of Kansas City musician Steve Harvey.</p><p>This month <a href="http://www.kclibrary.org/event/conversation-alvin-sykes">he is giving a talk at the Kansas City Public library</a>, where he was the 2013 scholar in residence. Sykes educated himself in law and civil rights using resources from the city's public library system.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:21:15 +0000 Laura Ziegler 49512 at http://kcur.org The Life And Work Of Kansas City Civil Rights Activist, Alvin Sykes [VIDEO] A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit' http://kcur.org/post/video-musical-exploration-true-grit <p></p><p>The National Endowment for the Arts started the initiative called The Big Read as a way to encourage reading. This year, for its Big Read selection, the <a href="http://www.kclibrary.org/">Kansas City Public Library</a> chose the novel <em>True Grit</em>.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the story of a teenager in the late 1800s&nbsp;who seeks to avenge her father&rsquo;s murder. The library is hosting a series of public events, including a performance of songs inspired by the era of the novel.</p><p><strong>Writing songs from Mattie&#39;s perspective </strong></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 44372 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit' Famed Choreographer's Personal Papers Find New Home http://kcur.org/post/famed-choreographers-personal-papers-find-new-home <p>Playbills from performances, snapshots of family and friends, and personal letters of the late choreographer <a href="http://www.alvinailey.org/about/people">Alvin Ailey</a> are now housed at the <a href="http://www.blackarchives.org/">Black Archives of Mid-America</a>.</p><p>The collection is called the Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey. And it's on long-term loan to the Black Archives.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 42270 at http://kcur.org Famed Choreographer's Personal Papers Find New Home Greetings From Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/greetings-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Before friends could tell their friends about their travels through email, social media and phone calls, postcards were the way to tell people where one was traveling. On Monday, the Kansas City Public Library will open its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kclibrary.org/event/greetings-kansas-city">"Greetings From Kansas City"</a>&nbsp;exhibit which showcases 200 postcards about Kansas City from the 1930s and 40s.</p><p>These postcards tell the story of Kansas City as the booming metropolis of the Midwest during this time period and depicts different scenes from around town.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:40:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 30977 at http://kcur.org Greetings From Kansas City Fiction Writer Anne Enright http://kcur.org/post/fiction-writer-anne-enright <p>Winner of the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in 2012, Irish author Anne Enright talks about her often darkly humorous approach to writing about love, desire, death, and family. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:23:33 +0000 Angela Elam 30162 at http://kcur.org Fiction Writer Anne Enright Fiction Writer Jim Shepard http://kcur.org/post/fiction-writer-jim-shepard <p>Acclaimed fiction writer Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and several short story collections, including <em> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307277607?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=newletters-20&amp;link_code=wql" target="_blank">Like You'd Understand Anyway</a></em>, winner of the 2008 Story Prize and a National Book Award finalist. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:00:35 +0000 Angela Elam 30159 at http://kcur.org Fiction Writer Jim Shepard One Man's Walkabout In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/one-mans-walkabout-kansas <p>In recent years, urban planners have renewed their focus on creating walkable communities. Walking is the most basic mode of transportation – and yet, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, it’s not as common as in other parts of the country. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:14:27 +0000 Laura Spencer 29192 at http://kcur.org One Man's Walkabout In Kansas Local Artifacts From The Atomic Era http://kcur.org/post/local-artifacts-atomic-era <p>Once upon a time, youth in the '50s and '60s lived in fear. They practiced going to “fallout” shelters to escape the atomic bomb.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:53:17 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 28474 at http://kcur.org Local Artifacts From The Atomic Era Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/bridging-digital-divide-kansas-city <p>Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service but there have been challenges to linking the information superhighway to poor communities. Being disconnected from the internet’s wide world of information leaves many urban residents, students and job seekers far behind their more affluent neighbors.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:32:26 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Suzanne Hogan 24396 at http://kcur.org Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City KC History: What Led To Vietnam http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-what-led-vietnam <p>How did America end up in Vietnam? Coming up on <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/central-standard-friday"><em>Central Standard Friday</em></a>, a look at the 40 years of political, military and diplomatic decisions that led to U.S. involvement in Indochina, going back to Versailles Peace Conference in 1919.</p><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:30:54 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Monroe Dodd 23770 at http://kcur.org KC History: What Led To Vietnam The Book Doctors: Reading For The Waning Days Of Summer http://kcur.org/post/book-doctors-reading-waning-days-summer <p>For those of you who still have some summer vacation remaining, or for those of you who have a bit more free time now that the kids are <em>finally</em> returning to school this week, look no further than the <strong>Book Doctors </strong>for a few new reading recommendations.</p><p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 02:58:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 22698 at http://kcur.org The Book Doctors: Reading For The Waning Days Of Summer Preserving The History Of Black Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/preserving-history-black-kansas-city <p><a href="http://www.blackarchives.org/">The Black Archives of Mid-America</a> recently completed renovations on a new exhibit and archive space and also welcomed a new executive director, Doretha Williams. Williams has a doctorate from the University of Kansas in American Studies and hopes to bring the community back to the archives.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:56:00 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 10964 at http://kcur.org Preserving The History Of Black Kansas City