Once a year, the Kansas Center for the Book presents a month-and-a-half-long program called Kansas Reads.
This year the title is “The Virgin of Small Plains” by Nancy Pickard. The Kansas Center for the Book is an organization with this mission: To support Kansas authors and highlight books with a Kansas focus. Not only is Pickard from Kansas, but this is her first novel set in Kansas.
This year the Tonganoxie Public Library has put a lot of focus on highlighting this wonderfully suspenseful novel. Toward the end of January the library purchased — at a considerable discount thanks to the Kansas Center for the Book — 50 copies of the book. How interested are people in town about reading “The Virgin of Small Plains”? Well, within one week all the copies were gone.
As part of our continued activities with the Kansas Reads 2009 program, we are also playing host to noted scholar and Kansas Humanities Council speaker Tom Prasch. He will speak about portions of the book and about his interest in the cemeteries of Kansas. This event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library’s community room.
Refreshments will be provided.
The wrap-up activity for the Kansas Reads 2009 program is a Kansas Photo Contest. The library is asking for entries from area photographers in which the main subject of the photo is Kansas nature.
The prize is a $50 dollar gift certificate to Best Buy. For more details, stop by the library.
Thanks to all the people in the community who have stopped by the library to say how much they enjoyed the book. I hope to see you this Thursday night for what will assuredly be a very interesting discussion.
See you at your library.
— Royce Kitts is director at Tonganoxie Public Library, (913) 845-3281.