Help kick off the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover, a celebration of reading about space, science, exploration, and discovery in places near and far. Enjoy games, crafts, music, and a special presentation by Mad Science of Greater Kansas City about the first manned moon landing—50 years ago this summer.
The four-day HEAR Now Festival returns to Kansas City to celebrate storytelling in all forms. Leading off Thursday evening: a discussion of Perception and Storytelling by renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto, who specializes in the biology and psychology of perception.
Blast off to the stars (and beyond)! Young attendees can drum and dance their way through the solar system and find out what makes gravity so groovy—part of the array of experiences offered through the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover.
Appropriate for ages 12 and under.
In her new book Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton, award-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet Donna Baier Stein picks up in prose where the iconic Kansas City artist left off in his studio more than half a century ago. She imagines the stories and lives of the subjects of nine of Benton’s lithographs—fiddlers and farm wives, preachers and soldiers, folks gathering in dance halls and tent meetings.
Slavery isn’t just a sin of the past. Today, the United Nations’ International Labour Organization estimates that more than 40 million victims of human trafficking are forced to engage in commercial sex or labor under the threat of physical and/or financial harm. The number in the U.S. reaches into the hundreds of thousands.