How to Participate

Get a copy of The Things They Carried from your local library.

Books may be available for checkout in print, eBook, audiobook, and large print formats. Select libraries may have a limited supply of complimentary copies available.

Attend an event or activity.

Whether at your favorite library location or another site in the metro area, NEA Big Read KC offers many author presentations, music performances, film screenings, and more. Check out programs at the Kansas City Public Library—including Tim O'Brien's visit to the Plaza Branch on Oct.12—or discover activities throughout greater Kansas City at

Watch the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War.

The 10-part, 18-hour series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premieres September 17 on KCPT - Kansas City Public Television. Learn more about KCPT’s Sept. 8 Kansas City event featuring Burns and Novick.

Join a book discussion.

Want to explore The Things They Carried with others? Join a featured discussion or find opportunities at various library locations or other community sites.

Connect with a Library book group >

Engage on social media.

Connect with the Library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. Join other readers and share your Big Read KC experiences by tagging your posts with #bigreadkc. You can also follow the latest updates on the Big Read KC Facebook Group at