Posted On: Oct 30, 2017 In: Kids Room
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Would you love to be an author? Have you already started your novel? Join us on Wednesdays in November* from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater to hear from working authors and artists about different kinds of writing, get tips and tricks of the trade, find inspiration, and have snacks! Program is for ages 8-12.
Nov 1: Novel Writing with author Mary O’Connell
Nov 8: Poetry Café with poet Pete Fey
Nov 15: Graphic Novel Making with Jai Nitz
Nov 29: Zine Workshop with artist Rachel Sandle
*No meeting on November 22nd!
Posted On: Oct 20, 2017 In: Uncategorized
On Monday, OCT 30 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, join KU American Studies professors David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch, and Tony Bolden (KU African and African-American Studies professor) for a discussion around Roediger’s latest book, Class, Race, and Marxism.
Roediger’s influential work on working people who have come to identify as white has so illuminated questions of identity that its grounding in Marxism has sometimes been missed. This new volume implicitly and explicitly reminds us that his ideas, and the best studies of whiteness generally come from within the Marxist tradition.
In his historical studies of the intersections of race, settler colonialism, and slavery, in his major chapter (with Elizabeth Esch) on race and the management of labor, in his detailing of the origins of critical studies of whiteness within Marxism, and in his reflections on the history of solidarity, Roediger argues that racial divisions not only tell us about the history of capitalism but also shed light on the logic of capital (from versobooks.com).
This event is in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library and the Department of African and African-American Studies.
Posted On: Nov 16, 2016 In: Just for Seniors
From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt comes a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War.
On Wednesday, Nov 30, 7-8:30 PM at Free State High School Auditorium, hear Candice Millard’s history of Churchill’s exploits during the Boer War, a conflict he pursued to make his mark on colonial England, and to win the respect and notoriety that led to the Prime Minister’s seat.
“Hero of the Empire is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.” (Source: penguinrandomhouse.com)
Posted On: Oct 23, 2016 In: Just for Seniors, Uncategorized
Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be here Thursday, Nov 3 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium to discuss his new book.
Longlisted for the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America explores the history of racist ideas, how deeply they continue to permeate our society.
Kendi continues the discussion Coates put forth in Between the World and Me by exploring the foundation of racial violence and oppression in the United States.
The Raven Book Store will be selling books for Dr. Kendi to sign.
In partnership with The Langston Hughes Center.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Ibram [EEE-brum] Xolani [ZO-LAA-NEE] Kendi [KEN-DEE] is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.
Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity.
Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies in 2004. After working for a time as a journalist, Kendi purused his graduate studies. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. The year before, Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta before moving onto University at Albany, SUNY, and now UF.
Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series.
He has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. In the summer of 2011, he lived in Chicago as a short-term fellow in African American Studies through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California.
A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, Signature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog. He is the associate editor for the AAIHS Blog.
Kendi is currently finishing Black Apple: A Narrative History of Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974, a book under contract with NYU Press. He is also working on an anthology on Malcolm X and another history of racism–the sequel to Stamped from the Beginning.
Posted On: Aug 31, 2016 In: Uncategorized
We’ll celebrate this beloved children’s author on Wednesday, September 14th with Willy Wonka himself! Grab a golden ticket, discover your Roald Dahl character name, test your candy bar knowledge, and much more all in the Auditorium! This program is for all ages, but please register at 843-3833 or at the Children’s Desk.
Posted On: Jun 30, 2016 In: Uncategorized
Join us Thursday, July 7 at 7 PM in our Auditorium for tales from a fantastic book about the healing powers of nature. Kansas City author, Patrick Dobson, author, quit his job and walked 1,450 miles to Helena, Montana. There he got in a canoe and rode the Missouri river back home. This transcendental travelogue, Canoeing the Great Plains, recounts the author’s transformation, with nature as the catalyst. See who’s going!
Posted On: Jun 18, 2016 In: Just for Seniors, What's Happening
Terrell’s audacious new novel begins with a literal bang as a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq goes terribly wrong… (Publishers Weekly)
Join us Wed, June 29 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for an evening with celebrated Kansas City author Whitney Terrell! He’ll share his third book, The Good Lieutenant, which explores the nature of war and the decisions that lead one young officer on a path to tragedy. Offered in partnership with The Raven book store. Book signing to follow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Whitney Terrell’s first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.
His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Harper’s Magazine,The New York Observer,The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
IMAGE: © Sharon Hoffman, The Kansas City Star
Posted On: May 5, 2016 In: Just for Seniors
On Thursday, May 12 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, local restaurateur and cookbook author, Molly Krause, takes a walk into the realms of fiction with her new book, Joy Again.
The story follows the journey of a woman grappling with the aftermath of her husband’s unexpected, and mysterious death.
Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell books, and Molly will stick around to sign them.