Roger & Brooks Barta Coming to the Library

Roger Barta

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a lot of promotion for Kansas Reads here at the library and on our website. In case you haven’t heard, the selection for Kansas Reads this year is “Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen” by Joe Drape. It follows the Redmen throughout their 2008 football season, and is not only a story about football, but also community, leadership, small town values, and coming of age. It shows the unique relationships between the small town of Smith Center, its high school football team, and their legendary coach, Roger Barta.

I encourage everyone to read the book, but whether you’ve read it or not, I would also like to invite you to a program we have coming up here at the library on Sunday, March 4 from 2:00-3:00 in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.

Brooks Barta

During that time, Coach Roger Barta will be here, along with his son Brooks, who is currently the football coach at Holton High School, to talk about the Smith Center football program and what makes it so successful. They will talk about the values, philosophies, and expectations that have become synonymous with Smith Center football, as well as the philosophy of “getting a little better every day” that Coach Barta preaches to his team each year.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the book, or reserve your copy, here is a link to our catalog:

“Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen” by Joe Drape

We hope to see you on March 4!

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I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.