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Winter Reading Challenge Programs

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Keep the laughs coming during the Winter Reading Challenge with a variety of in-person and virtual events that are sure to tickle your funny bone!

Learn more about the Winter Reading Challenge

Register for the Winter Reading Challenge Film Series!

In-Person Programs

Adults Who Geek: Humor

Adults Who Geek: Humor

Calling geeks of all kinds! Do you like impressing people with your wide range of nerdy knowledge? Join our team and compete with other Library lovers to answer humor-themed trivia.

Wednesday, February 1 | 6:30 p.m.
Grandview

Wednesday, February 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Antioch

Thursday, February 2 | 6:30 p.m.
Blue Springs South

Thursday, February 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Withers

Monday, February 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Riverside

Thursday, February 23 | 6:30 p.m.
Lee's Summit

Monday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m.
Blue Springs North

Monday, February 27 | 7:00 p.m.
Colbern Road Library Center

Tuesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
Woodneath Library Center

Tuesday, March 7 | 6:30 p.m.
Excelsior Springs

Wednesday, March 8 | 6:30 p.m.
East Lee's Summit

Monday, March 13 | 6:00 p.m.
Camden Point

Wednesday, March 15 | 6:30 p.m.
North Independence

Intro to Improv Comedy

Intro to Improv Comedy

Whether you want to try something new, get out of your shell, or see if comedy and performance is a direction you are interested in, this program is the place to start. Attendees will improve their listening skills, confidence, team-building, trust, and collaboration skills. And everyone WILL have fun!

Monday, February 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Blue Springs North

Saturday, February 25 | 10:30 a.m.
East Lee's Summit

Wednesday, March 1 | 7:00 p.m.
North Independence

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Did you know laughter releases endorphins in the body, creating positive feelings of well-being? We’ll use laughter to increase deep breathing, and breathing IS yoga. Let go of ego and let's have some fun!

Wednesday, February 1 | 6:30 p.m.
East Lee's Summit

Tuesday, February 7 | 7:00 p.m.
Blue Springs North

Saturday, February 18 | 2:00 p.m.
Red Bridge

Tuesday, February 21 | 6:30 p.m.
Lee's Summit

Tuesday, February 28 | 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Winter Reading Challenge After Party

Winter Reading Challenge After Party

Bring in your brand new Winter Reading Challenge mug for a free cup of coffee. Then stick around to chat about your favorite reads from the Challenge.

Tuesday, February 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit

Wednesday, March 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Antioch

Tuesday, March 14 | 5:30 p.m.
Oak Grove

Thursday, March 16 | 6:30 p.m.
Kearney

Saturday, March 18 | 10:30 a.m.
Woodneath Library Center

Saturday, March 18 | 4:00 p.m.
Smithville

Monday, March 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Colbern Road Library Center

Thursday, March 23 | 10:00 a.m.
Blue Ridge

Saturday, March 25 | 11:00 a.m.
Red Bridge

Virtual Programs

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter

Tuesday, January 17 | 7:00 p.m.
ZOOM

Actress, activist, and comedian Betty White was a woman of many achievements both on and off the screen. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for this special presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White.

Sitcom Spotlight: I Love Lucy

Sitcom Spotlight: I Love Lucy

Tuesday, February 7 | 7:00 p.m.
ZOOM

I Love Lucy was an iconic and groundbreaking sitcom that television pioneers brought to the screen. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the history and development of I Love Lucy, the show's on- and off-screen achievements, and its legacy today. 

Comedy in the Golden Age of Radio

Comedy in the Golden Age of Radio

Thursday, February 23 | 2:00 p.m.
ZOOM

Radio marked the first time that large-scale entertainment came to us, rather than the other way around. Radio historian Steve Darnall will explore the early years of radio humor and show how it evolved from its vaudeville roots to embrace radio as a "theater of the mind." Participants will hear sound clips from comedians who became famous on radio, including Ed Wynn, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Edgar Bergen.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships

Thursday, March 2 | 2:00 p.m.
ZOOM

Whether over the airwaves or on the silver screen, the classic comedy genre benefited from many beloved comedic partnerships. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents early comedy's top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more.

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