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Library offers chance to test your knowledge

Did you know Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve non-consecutive terms? Did you know the Kansas Territory once extended all the way to the Rocky Mountains, or John Wayne's real name was Marion Morrison? Have you memorized every question in your Trivial Pursuit board game, or have you ever wanted to try out for "Jeopardy"?

If you can positively answer any of these questions without the use of your cellphone or computer, then you might consider coming to the library's trivia night at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

On the evening of the event, you can come by yourself and be assigned to a team, or you can bring your own team by attending with friends. Teams will work together to answer 10 rounds of trivia with 10 questions in each round. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the library will provide pizza and soda for all who participate. This is a free event provided to you by the public library and is open to anyone high school age or older.

Registration is suggested but not required. To register, please visit www.hayspublib.org/kansas-room or call (785) 625-9014. A good time is sure to be had by all.

It recently was pointed out to me more people might use the Kansas Room if they were aware of the room's resources and advantages. The Kansas Room is more than a repository of history books. It is an information treasure-trove and a great place to read, study or write a paper on any subject. To help people feel a little more acquainted with the Kansas Room, I will host tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday in February. If you have a few minutes, stop by and I'll show you the ropes of the Kansas Room.

Meanwhile, the Kansas Room also will sponsor a seminar on Kansas birding with Terry Mannell. The seminar will be at 1 p.m. Friday. Anyone who is interested in native birds or learning how to get started in birding is encouraged to attend.

In honor of Presidents Day, the library will show "Dwight Eisenhower Commander-In-Chief" from A&E's award-winning biography series. This 100-minute documentary will take you through the life and legacy of a remarkable Kansan and will be shown at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in the main floor gallery.

Finally, I would like to encourage local beer and brewery enthusiasts to head to the Kansas Room to pick up your tickets for an exciting event at 7 p.m. March 1.

Through a partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and Gella's Diner and Lb. Brewing Co., the library is thrilled to bring you "Kansas Brewers and Breweries," a presentation by KHC speaker Cindy Higgins. The event will be at Gella's Diner and will begin with Higgins' presentation at 7 p.m. Following the presentation will be tours of the Lb. Brewery as well as tastings of Liquid Bread's finest beers. This event is absolutely free to the public, but hurry -- there are only 40 tickets available. To reserve your tickets, call (785) 625-9014 or pick them up in the Kansas Room. You must be 21 years old to attend.

The Kansas Room is located in the basement of the Hays Public Library and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lucia Flaim is Kansas Room Librarian at the Hays Public Library.