Build a Better World with Jazz

May 16, 2017
Written by cmcguire
In a few weeks, the Library’s Summer Reading program will help patrons “Build a Better World.” All activities, with the exception of the adult kick-off, are free and available for all ages, preschool through adult.

We start assembling the adult program on Friday, June 2 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with “Jazz After Hours,” a concert and fundraiser featuring The Stan Kessler Quartet. Tickets are $15 each/$25 for two in advance, $20/$35 for two the day of the event. Patrons age 21 and older will enjoy live music, beer, wine and light refreshments, plus purchase raffle tickets to win a sunflower quilt, a tablet and other prizes. Proceeds will benefit future Library programs.

Stan Kessler is a talented trumpeter and leader of the Sons of Brasil, a popular Brazilian jazz group from Kansas City. The quartet will perform selections from the “Great American Songbook”-American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. This music offered hope during the Great Depression, built morale during World War I and II, helped build social bridges within our culture and flourished with us during unprecedented economic growth. Kessler’s exceptional group will show their chops with some of the most popular and influential jazz standards of the past 100 years.1

During June and July, adults can earn prizes for attending programs and participating in reading activities. All adult program attendees will be entered into a grand prize drawing for two tickets plus parking for the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw concert at the Sprint Center on September 23.
Construction begins for children 12 and under at the kick-off Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Throughout June and July, toddlers and preschoolers will earn free books, prizes and raffle tickets for additional prizes for every 20 books they read or are read to them. Elementary-age children will earn a free book for the first 200 minutes they spend reading, a small prize for the next goal reached and one prize raffle ticket for each additional goal. Fun and educational programs designed to develop their skills are scheduled through July 29.  

The Teen program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 with “Escape the Room.” They will work in teams to find clues and solve puzzles to escape from a room. For each book read from Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, July 15, teens will write a short summary; they will receive a free book for the first one, and earn one prize raffle ticket for each additional book read and reviewed. They can also earn one prize raffle ticket for each summer program attended. The top three teen readers will also win a pizza party.

For details about the Summer Reading Program, call us at 913-682-5666. A blueprint of summer events is available on our web calendar,

1.       "What Is the Great American Songbook?" The Center for the Performing Arts – Home of the Palladium – Carmel, Indiana. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2017.