Author will share tales of life on the Kansas farm
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
A simple request from her granddaughter sparked an Ellis County woman to write a book for children about growing up on a family farm.
Mary Kay Schippers will introduce "A Year on the Family Farm, and the Lessons Learned" to the public Saturday at Hays Public Library.
Schippers, who will read excerpts from the book, will be accompanied by a bunny from her farm near the small town of Pfeifer, where she lives with her husband, Dan.
Schippers said the couple's granddaughter, Aleah, always has enjoyed hearing her stories about growing up as the youngest of seven children. So Schippers thought she had better start writing down some of those stories.
Schippers markets her book as being "enriched with lessons learned from fresh air, friends and family."
Schippers said she wrote a family history book 10 years ago, but "it wouldn't be entertaining for little kids."
"My dad and mom in the book would have about 70 great-grandchildren," Schippers said. "This is a way for those kids to see what our life was like.
"And," she added, "its based on actual events."
Saturday's book reading and signing is set for 11 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the library.
The next weekend, there will be an open house at The Messenger, a local Catholic bookstore, 2512 Vine in Hays. Schippers will be available to greet the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.
Schippers targeted the book for children ages 7 to 12 but noted "adults might find it entertaining, too, for all the references to growing up in the '60s."
Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to St. Fidelis Parish in Victoria and the Ellis County Historical Society.