Join Kansans of all ages in 2012 as Kansas Reads...Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape. Our Boys is the story of the nation’s longest high-school winning streak in football and the philosophy of life taught by their legendary coach, Roger Barta. Drape, a New York Times sportswriter, moved his family to this small Kansas town to discover the inspiration of the Smith Center Redmen.
The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book invites individuals, book clubs, school classes, or other groups to participate in this exciting statewide reading program. Kansas Reads kicks off on January 27 and continues through March 17, 2012.
The 2012 book was recommended by a committee of librarians, publishers, booksellers and authors after reviewing hundreds of books. The committee suggested “community” as a theme for 2012. Our Boys demonstrates how focusing on a positive influence can keep an entire community alive and vital. In 2011, 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 sixth year and gains momentum every year.