A Book the Whole State Can Enjoy

Kansas Reads Kicks Off with Author Talk
Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen

On Monday, Feb. 6, in Marvin Auditorium 101BC, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library presents Joe Drape, author and sports writer for The New York Times. From 1–2 p.m., he shares stories that will appeal not just to sports fans but also to anyone who appreciates small towns and Midwestern values.
Our Boys, which chronicles the 2008 Smith Center football season and their historic winning streak with Coach Roger Barta, is a book you’ll want to read. It’s our state’s own version of Friday Night Lights. Coach Barta and his son, Brooks ­talk about the lasting legacy of the 2008 season on Sunday, March 4 from 2-3 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.
Attend other events held in conjunction with Kansas Reads. Casual and open to everyone, the Kansas Reads: Our Boys book discussion is Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 7-8 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.
The Kansas Reads project, sponsored by Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas, is a statewide initiative to unite communities by reading and discussing the same book. You can check out a copy of the book from the library. Reserve your copy online at
While this is a reading initiative, we understand some folks’ preference is for non-print media. That’s why we are holding a Team Spirit Film Series on each Friday in February. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Watch an inspirational sports story each week for free at the library. More information at: or pick up a copy of ConnectNow magazine.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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