Virginia Brackett, Professor Emeritus of English, retired in 2016 from Park University where she directed the Honors Academy and received varied teaching and service awards. She’s also a prolific writer and editor: She has published 14 books, including In the Company of Patriots, a nonfiction exploration of her relationship with her father, Captain Edmund C. Roberts, Jr., who was killed in Korea after serving in World War II. Brackett will sit in conversation with Angela Elam, the producer/host of UMKC’s public radio program, “New Letters on the Air.” This program will be recorded and post...Continue reading »
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Share a great read with your favorite kid, grandparent, friend, or partner. This book group is for everyone who likes to read - and who likes to talk about it. We've chosen a middle grades title that will appeal across the ages. We'll have a free copy of our book, Refugee by Alan Gratz, for the first 12 people who register. You bring your brainy brilliance. Light refreshments are provided.Continue reading »
Join Tosca Lee for a pens-out, interactive session designed to delve into our personal motivation for writing. Gain practical advice to reach the finish line, how to harness our personal and writing strengths, the components of stories that readers can’t put down and the habits of a sane and long career.
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of...Continue reading »
Stories ring with truth when they are cast with characters as multi-dimensional, complex and sympathetic as we are. Tosca Lee is best known for bringing even maligned characters to vivid life. Join her for a pens-out working session on creating characters of such depth and relevance that they will remain with your readers long after they’re turned the last page.
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory...Continue reading »
Discover what’s percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Your Senators and Representatives will discuss the new legislative session, followed by audience Q&A. You bring the questions, and we’ll provide the coffee and doughnuts.
Presented with League of Women Voters of Johnson County.
Legislators in attendance:
Senator Dinah Sykes, District 21
Representative Susan Ruiz, District 23
Representative Brandon Woodard, District 30
Representative Brett Parker, District 29Continue reading »
Johnson County Genealogical Society helps you discover many research resources. Society meetings cover business items and training sessions. Learn about the workings of the JCGS as well as specific genealogy research topics.
January: How to Date Old Photographs, Midwest Genealogy Center
February: “Broke but not out of luck” – Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy, Jennifer Audsley-Moore, National Archives Kansas City
April: Heraldry and Genealogy: The Truth Behind Your “Family” Coat of Arms, Angela Fields
This event will be at Write Central, 7001 N. Locust, Gladstone, MO 64118.
It causes procrastination. It freezes us up. It makes us worry. It’s the f-word every writer deals with: fear. Join Tosca Lee for an inspiring, pens-out workshop on overcoming the biggest writing block of all. There will be time for Q&A.
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny,...Continue reading »
Share a great read with your favorite kid, grandparent, friend, or partner. This book group is for everyone who likes to read - and who likes to talk about it online. We've chosen a middle grades title, Refugee by Alan Gratz, that will appeal across the ages. We're giving away a limited quantity of the book at select events and at your branch. Join us online at tinyurl.com/virtualbookgroup (a Facebook group!) anytime to add your thoughts about our pick. We will host a live discussion...Continue reading »
Louder Than a Bomb Kansas City gives a teenager a pen, a page, a mic and a stage, and steps out of the way to watch a poet emerge and a community grow. It’s an annual city-wide youth poetry festival with a hip-hop aesthetic celebrating young poets in the Kansas City metro. This spring, more than 15 teams compete for the crown. Join us for a series of preliminary bouts with schools from across Kansas City. Full schedule and participating schools can be found online at ltabkc.org.Continue reading »
Friendships and communities are built by the conversations that happen over a meal. Gather with us to break bread, understand different viewpoints and discuss some of the difficult and controversial topics at the forefront of our thoughts and news. We will discuss a new topic each month. All are welcome at anytime during this drop-in discussion group. Food and drink are provided.
February: Marijuana Legalization
March: Politics of Reproductive Health
April: Climate ChangeContinue reading »