Stanley Banks' Blue Beat Syncopation: Selected Poems 1977-2002 is a frank meditation on the Black experience in Kansas City at that time – with remarkable resonance today, addressing street violence, untimely death and “never-to-be dreams” while also celebrating resilience and finding room for hope. It's the Library's latest FYI Book Club selection.
Prompted by our water-logged summer, Kansas City Star reader Bill Taft asked KCQ: “When Kay Barnes was mayor, she started the 10,000 Rain Garden initiative to help prevent flooding. How did it work? Is it still going on?”