Start Your Spring Training

The Feb-March issue of Library News is full of items to help you prepare for spring and keep you entertained through the end of winter. Three charming gentlemen from the McCrite Plaza baseball team grace our cover. Inside you’ll learn about finding your relatives in historic African-American newspapers, nurturing young readers, ongoing construction at the library, admiring youth art, finding books based on appeal factors with NoveList Plus, The 4 Elements art exhibit and storytime online.

Baseball is the focus of the Feb-March 2Book Topeka community read. In addition to encouraging everyone to read The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski and Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, we have two impressive 2Book special events. Bestselling author and three-time national sportswriter of the year Joe Posnanski will share baseball tales, insight into sports writing and read from his work Sun, Feb 17, 2-3:30pm in Marvin Auditorium. Phil S. Dixon, an expert on baseball history, author and co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, will discuss the early days of the KC Monarchs on Tue, March 12, 7-8:30pm in Marvin 101C.

If you want more book recommendations, you’ll find spring training booklists from library staff. These booklists include baseball books, plot twists, books on gardening and books to inspire kids to get outside. Test your book and movie knowledge by matching popular movies to the very different titles of the books they’re based on.

Bring on the warm thoughts as you slide into this issue of Library News.

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Ginger Park

As the library’s communications editor Ginger helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. Ginger has a bachelor's and master’s in communication from Washburn and K-State. She is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer at Helping Hands Humane Society. She loves reading fiction and always has a stack of books waiting to be read. Ginger lives in Topeka with her husband and three dogs.