For decades summertime in America has meant picnics, camp for the kids, a well-deserved time away from school, and a family vacation.
But those notions are changing, particularly among the working poor or those in deep poverty. Today many Americans - especially children -- have found their dreams of summer eroded by underemployment, a decline in summer reading, and a lack of safe havens for out-of-school youngsters.
Brent Schondelmeyer and Leigh Anne Taylor look at these developments and suggest ways to change them in The New American Summer: A Vacation from . . . What? on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The program draws on recent developments in the Kansas City area and on national research into what summer now means for many children.
Taylor is executive director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium. Schondelmeyer is a senior staff member with the Local Investment Commission.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Admission is free. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.