TOPEKA -- June 8, 1966.. a day that will forever be etched in the memories of Topekans. This Sunday, September 26th from 2 to 3:00, Topeka native Bonar Menninger will discuss his new book "And Hell Followed With It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornado" during the Library's Sunday Afternoon with Kansas Authors series. Books will be available for purchase at the book signing following the discussion.
Based on interviews with dozens of people from all walks of life who witnessed the destructive tornado on June 8, 1966, the book reconstructs the event of the tornado and its aftermath. It also gives background information about the legend of Burnett’s Mound and the history of Topeka. The discussion will be held in the Topeka Room (second floor). For more information, call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.
Bonar is the great-nephew of Karl Menninger, one of the founders of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka. He is the son of Roy Menninger, chairman emeritus of the Menninger Trustees and former president (1967-1992) of the Menninger Clinic.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, four-star rated landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training. Library hours are weekdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Saturdays, 9 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon to 9:00pm.