Archive for the ‘KS Reads’ Category

State Kicks Off Kansas Reads

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Join Kansans across the state in Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father by President Barack Obama.

The Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Humanities Council invites individuals, book clubs, school classes, or other groups to join this exciting statewide reading program that brings communities together through reading.  Kansas Reads traditionally kicks off on Jan. 29, Kansas Day, and continues through March 15.

The 2010 Book was selected by a committee of librarians, publishers, booksellers and authors after reviewing hundreds of books.  In 2009, nearly 10,000 Kansans shared in the discussion groups at libraries, book clubs and other venues.  The One Book/One State reading project is in its fourth year and gains momentum every year.    

To learn more, visit the YouTube program trailers created especially for 2010 Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father at, or on the State Library YouTubeChannel. Information can also be found at the State Library of Kansas’ website, or at the Kansas Center for the Book website,

The YouTube videos were created by Emporia State SLIM program student Lily Morgan and SLIM program graduate Kelly Fann.

Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Read Your Way to Kansas 150 in 2011 by joining Kansans across the state in reading and discussing the same book.

The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book are again proud to present an exciting statewide reading program that brings communities together through reading. Coming next spring is 2010 Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. Written before Obama even entered politics, a #1 New York Times bestseller and, until his election, promoted by Random House as a suggested title for Community Reads programs nationwide, Dreams From My Father was chosen because it addresses issues faced by Kansans across the state. These include memoir writing, the search for an individual’s identity, relationships with fathers, and issues of blended families. The project focuses on the book more than on the author.

The publisher says this about the book: “In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir,” the author searches for a workable meaning to his life as an American. “The sudden death of his father inspires an emotional odyssey–first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.”

Discussion groups, scholar talks, and classroom programming happen all around the state from January 29 through March 15, 2010. Join us as Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father in 2010!


KCFB Celebrates Books, Authors at Conference

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Speed dating, tiara-wearing, one-book/one-state programs, awards — these are some of the highlights of the Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) at the KLA/MPLA Conference. Visit us at the State Library/Talking Books/KCFB booth!

Wednesday, April 1, at 3:20 pm visit a session on Kansas Reads to Preschoolers. Will the 2009 title be announced? Then stick around for the all new, unique event — Speed Dating with Kansas Authors, 4:30-6:30 pm. There will be authors from many genres to briefly discuss their work and sign their books. Scheduled to appear are Kathy Patrick, Lois Ruby, Jim Reed, J.B. Cheaney, Matthew Eck, Tim Raglin, David A. Nichols, Michael Everhart, Suzanne Arruda, Max McCoy and more.

Thursday, April 2, see Kathy Patrick present about The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life at 11:00 am. Don’t miss her — she runs the only beauty salon/book store in the country and really wears a tiara! See Kathy again at the State Librarian’s Luncheon at noon. Visit a panel discussion called Three Takes on One Book, One State about how these popular programs are done in the region. And see Don Coldsmith receive the MPLA Literary Contribution Award–nominated by KCFB–at the banquet Thursday night.


New from KCFB for our Affiliates–visit our website at and find our new logos! You can now announce that you are a “Proud Affiliate of the Kansas Center for the Book” on your letterhead and websites. Not an Affiliate? Go to the Affiliates button on the website to learn how to help present the award-winning KCFB projects and be a part of our dynamic group.