Live music, delicious food and family fun are on tap for the 3rd annual Library in the Park event. The free event will feature a book signing by Katheryn Russell-Brown, author of Little Melba and her Big Trombone – the story of Kansas City jazz legend Melba Liston.
RideKC routes serve the festival at Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, Kan., on September 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The following routes are within a block or two of the park, between 10th and 11th streets, to the East of Washington:
There will be performances from local musicians AY Musik, The Project H, La Mafia Norteña, and The Phantastics. Other activities will include an instrument “petting zoo” from the Kansas City Symphony, face painting and balloon animals. The featured event this year will be the Big Tent, which will serve as a Movie and Music Extravaganza.
Attendees can visit the Mobile Library to sign up for a card and check out items, and there will be demonstrations of library digital collections, book recommendations, and more.
Library in the Park includes the return of the taco competition, with bragging rights for the best taqueria in KCK. Competitors include local taquerias Bonito Michoacan, Carniceria la Siete, Don Antonio’s, El Jefe’s and Ninfa's. Attendees can sample tacos from all five locations and vote on which taco is the best. Sheridan's also will return to provide delicious frozen custard.
There is plenty of family fun at Library in the Park, including face painting.
“We are quite excited about our Big Tent and the opportunity to share new ways to interact with our library,” says Adult Services Supervisor Linda Bowman, who is heading the planning of the event.
For more information on Library in the Park, visit libraryinthepark.org.
You are the judge in the Library in the Park competition for the best tacos in KCK.
(All photos courtesy of the Kansas City Kansas Public Library.)