Library in the Park today at Huron Park

The annual Library in the Park celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Huron Park, which is next to the Main Library at 625 Minnesota Ave. There is no charge to attend.

The event today will include a book giveaway.

Featured author Kristy Nerstheimer, a teacher, will sign copies of her children’s book, “The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil.” O’Neil was a first baseman and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues Baseball. Later he became a baseball scout and eventually, the first African American coach in Major League Baseball.

Local musicians are expected to perform during the Library in the Park event.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not include a taco contest this year. Instead, popcorn and paletas (a Mexican frozen treat made from frozen fruit juices) will be provided free to those who attend.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at the Library in the Park event. For an appointment, visit The vaccination clinic is in conjunction with Heart to Heart International.

This year, Library in the Park will feature a large book and movie sale. Hundreds of used books and movies will be for sale. Books will be $5 a bag, with the bag provided by the library, and all individual items will be $1 each. The sale will be cash only.

Also, there will be library program tables, to-go crafts for kids, teens and adults, and a storywalk.

Free parking for the event will be in the City Hall Health Center lot behind the park, the UMB Bank lot to the east of the park and on the street in front of the Main Library.

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