While the City Sleeps: Read It / Watch It Discussion Group

Join Kansas City Public Library Readers' Advisory expert (and film enthusiast) Kaite Stover for film screenings and lively conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are part of the Winter Reading Suggested Readings list. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source novel prior to the film screening.

In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Wednesday, January 30 | 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street

A murder in a small Southern town during the Jim Crow era is solved with the help of a visiting African American cop from the big city. Norman Jewison directs Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Oscars for best picture, actor (Steiger), screenplay, sound and editing. 109 minutes (Rating: NR)

Friday Night Lights (2004)
Saturday, February 23 | 1 p.m.
Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd Street

Based on H.G. Bissinger’s non-fiction best-seller, Peter Berg’s film follows Texas high school football players through a winning season. Billy Bob Thornton plays the new coach, Connie Britton his wife (she reprised the role for the TV series), and among the young players are Derek Luke, Lucas Black, and Jay Hernandez. 118 minutes (Rating: PG-13)

Apollo 13 (1995)
Sunday, March 3 | 1:30 p.m.
Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th Street

Tom Hanks stars in Ron Howard’s recreation of the ill-fated 1970 moon shot. Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton play the other stranded NASA astronauts; Gary Sinise and Ed Harris are among the support team scrambling desperately to bring them home. 140 minutes (Rating: PG)