Bonner library kicks off month with Royals-themed event
The Bonner Springs City Library is gearing up for a busy month, beginning this weekend with an event that will tie right in to the Major League Baseball Playoffs.
The library Sunday will welcome Kansas City-area author Jason Sivewright, who wrote a children’s book about last year’s infamous Royals Wild Card game called “The Night the World Turned Royal Blue.” October will remain busy for the library, with Halloween-themed events and programs geared toward adults.
Lesley Lard, youth and teen librarian, said the library noticed the book among new offering when filling out book orders for the library. Lard said she and Jane Rink, children’s coordinator, are both big Royals fans, so they were quick to contact Sivewright about coming to the library via Facebook.
When he agreed to visit, they booked him for this weekend.
“We thought it was probably good timing because it’s the start of the playoffs,” Lard said.
While it is technically a children’s book, Lard said the book would appeal to Royals fans of all ages. And the Wild Card game last year also has a Bonner Springs tie, as Bonner resident and World War II veteran Marlin Kerby threw out the first pitch at the game.
Sivewright will discuss the Royals and sign and sell copies of his book beginning at 2 p.m.; attendees are asked to register in advance.
Lard said the library was lucky to book Sivewright when it did, because since then, Sivewright has been featured on local news media, and his schedule has filled up.
The author visit will kick off several special events this month. For adults, the library is teaming up with Vaughn-Trent Community Services, The Workforce Partnership and Greenbush/Kaw Valley Learning Center to offer a Job-Finding Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.
The following evening, the library will welcome author Susan Kraus for a program called “Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: What I discovered researching and writing about the Westboro Baptist Church.”
Kraus did extensive background research on the Topeka-based church for her novel “All God’s Children,” which centers on a custody battle over a child in the funeral picketing, anti-homosexual church. The novel’s storyline is fiction, but Kraus researched the church in order to understand its theology, motivations and beliefs.
Special events for youth are scheduled closer to Halloween, beginning with a “Storywalk” around the library Oct. 16 to read “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” and make a pumpkin craft.
The library is bringing back Monster Makeovers for its Teenopolis event Oct. 19, and the 3rd Annual Boo Bash with Rockin’ Rob is set for Oct. 26. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for the concert as well as for the regularly scheduled storytime events Oct. 27 and 28.
For more information, contact the library at 913-441-2665.