The Pleasanton Lincoln Library staff have worked hard over the years to bring interesting events to the community. Visits from an astrophysicist to marionettes, farm animals to a juggler, we try to blend entertainment with education. This past Saturday was no exception. Adrian Zink’s visit to talk about his new book was fascinating as well as fun, and the audience enjoyed every minute. We were approached by Zink and asked if we’d like him to come to the library. The book had its roots in this area, since its genesis occurred when he worked at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield Historic Site. During his downtime (after his daily duties or on a rainy day), he spent time researching Kansas history. He worked hard to become knowledgeable about this area, and other parts of Kansas.

The result of his research is his new book, “Hidden History of Kansas.” The first edition has been so well-received that a second edition is in the works. He told the audience that a quick deadline caused him to leave out many of the stories he uncovered, and there might be enough material to produce volume two. But, he already has another book idea he’d like to pursue, so we’ll watch how that takes shape. He shared that idea with the audience and they loved it! Those who attended purchased his book, and they could fill out order forms for additional copies. You may contact the library for more information in case you were unable to attend.

We have two more adult programs coming up that you’ll want to put on your calendar. The library is sponsoring a special showing of a documentary about the former slave Josiah Henson. Escaping after 40 years of slavery, Henson helped other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. He even founded a town named Dawn for freed slaves in Canada. This event will be held at the Mine Creek Battlefield Historic Site, sponsored by Pleasanton Library. The documentary is only 39 minutes long and begins at 11 am on Sat., May 26. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

The following weekend, we’ll be back at Pleasanton Library to welcome Kevin Rabas, the 2017-2019 Kansas Poet Laureate. His presentation takes place Sat., June 2 at 1 pm. Sponsored through a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, Rabas’ program will feature readings of his poetry as well as recitations of other fascinating poets. The presentation is entertaining and educational and even includes some drumming. Stay tuned for more information about this program.

Sat., June 9, the library will participate in Prairie Day at Mine Creek Battlefield in conjunction with our children’s Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” We’ll have more information about that soon, so watch our library website (pleasanton.mykansaslibrary.org), Facebook page (Pleasanton Lincoln Library) and this Linn County News column.

If you have ideas for future programs, please share them with us. We’ll do our best to provide the community with continued entertaining and educational things to do.