Big Read

Post Date: Wed, May 11, 2022

As part of the Library’s Big Read 2022, the exhibition The Heart Is a Fist: Contemporary Art from Haskell Indian Nations University, on display at the Central Library through May 29, features paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Indigenous artists. Learn more about the work and hear from the young artists in an upcoming public roundtable event. 

Post Date: Mon, April 25, 2022

As the Library’s Big Read 2022 continues, we’re highlighting a number of films from and about Indigenous communities. Attend upcoming Library events and discussions, or watch titles for free – online or on DVD – with your library card.    

Post Date: Mon, April 11, 2022

As the Library's Big Read 2022 continues, our youth librarians have created collections of books that explore Native American culture and introduce young readers to the power of poetry. 

Post Date: Sat, May 21, 2022

“This is really about the community,” said U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo during her April 14 visit to the Library. "It’s not about one person standing up here. This is all of us coming together.” For the past two months, Kansas Citians engaged in Big Read 2022 book discussions, speaker events, film screenings, and other activities revolving around Harjo's An American Sunrise. As the celebration draws to a close, we look back on memorable moments.

Post Date: Thu, March 31, 2022

The Big Read Kansas City 2022 celebrates U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and her acclaimed book of poetry, An American Sunrise. Explore poetry, history, and Native American literature and culture through book discussions, speaking events, films, an art exhibit, and much more in this community-wide reading program.