Free fun and food at Library in the Park in KCK

Date:September 05, 2017
Free fun and food at Library in the Park in KCK

Live music, delicious food and family fun are on tap for the 4th annual Library in the Park event. The free event will feature a book signing by Derrick D. Barnes, author of CROWN: An Ode to the Fresh Cut – a poem inspired by a teen’s trip to the barber. 

RideKC routes serve the festival at Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, Kan., on September 15, 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/Battery Tour, The Sextet, Urban Bucket Brigade Boot Camp and AyEl. This year, the event is all about community! It will be a celebration of Kansas City’s diverse community and there will be many organizations working to improve the lives and spaces in our community to talk with.

Hear Derrick Barnes talk about being a writer and about his book series Ruby and the Booker Boys:

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 Carniceria La Luz, Don Antonio’s, Indios Carbonsitos and Ninfa’s Tortillas y Taqueria. Attendees can sample tacos from all four locations and vote on which taco is the best. 

For more information on Library in the Park, visit

Face painting at Library in the Park
There is plenty of family fun at Library in the Park, including face painting. 

You are the judge of the taco competition
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.)