Kansas City, Kansas Public Library brings Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street to life

KCKPL LogoThe magic of children’s author Matt de la Peña’s Newbery award-winning Last Stop on Market comes to life in a video released by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (KCKPL). The video features Mr. de la Peña reading his book to a group of children from Quindaro Elementary while riding a RideKC bus. As he reads, actors from KC MeltingPot Theatre and Arrowhead Middle School portraying the book characters board the bus for a live-action depiction of the story. This video, filmed on September 16, 2016, was part of KCKPL’s Stories on the Bus program and Library in the Park celebration. Stories on the Bus was conceived by KCKPL as a way to use stories to connect the community through surprise pop up storytimes on RideKC busses. The Last Stop on Market Street live-action storytime was the culmination of the series.

“Last Stop on Market Street teaches us what it means to open our minds and our hearts to perceive the world around us as what it can be, not just as it is, and to be a better witness for what’s beautiful,” Outreach Librarian Louisa Whitfield-Smith said. “Filming the video was a really exciting opportunity to do something with a sense of wonder and fun for the awesome kids in our community.”  “One of the coolest parts of today is that I got to watch the book come to life. I love reading my books to kids because I feel like it's one thing to read a book; it's another thing to get the music of the text,” said author Matt de la Peña. “That’s kind of the dream of any author.”

The storytime and video are the result of a collaboration between KCKPL and RideKC.

“RideKC was honored to take part in this project with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library,” said Public Affairs Manager Bridget Moss. “In Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street, a boy learns to see the beauty and magic in the ordinary world. Riding the bus becomes a way to experience more of life, not less. KCKPL found a creative way to reach out to citizens, young and old, through this live performance of Last Stop on Market, and through the surprise storytimes over the summer.”

It was filmed and edited by Eric Smith of Majestic Rhinos, Andrew Thomas of No City Films, and J.R. Caines of Caines Design. The video is available on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

About Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895. In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today. It serves a population of 159,129. The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. The library can be found online at kckpl.org

About Kansas City Area Transportation Authority The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is dedicated to connecting people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Created in 1965 through special state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas, the KCATA today operates a fleet of more than 270 buses providing more than 54,000 customer trips per weekday.