LibraryCon Features Local Authors July 20

Fort Scott Public Library is hosting its first-ever LibraryCon event on July 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. Based upon community participation and interest, this may turn into an annual event.
Local Authors Appearing for Autographs and Discussion
Cathy Werling
Bio: Cathy Werling is a retired elementary educator living in Fort Scott, Kansas.  Her passion for helping students develop positive character traits and seek out worthy role models led to her part-time work at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.  Through her series of books about these humble heroes, Cathy hopes to inspire children to truly be those people who make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Pastor James Collins
Bio: James Collins currently serves as Senior Pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in historic Fort Scott, Kansas. He has served in various pastoral positions in Kanas, Oklahoma, and California. Prior to accepting the position in Fort Scott, James served as a United States Army Chaplain where he saw service in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

A life-long learner, James has four graduate degrees and is in the dissertation phase for the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He loves reading, especially books on Bible prophecy.
James is married to the love of his life, Amanda Collins. They have three incredible children, Abby, Timothy, and John. The Collins’ live in Fort Scott, Kansas where they are restoring a Victorian house.
You can find more information on his books and ministry at

Other Guests:
Briana Spurgeon, AKA “The Cookie Momster”
The Cookie Momster makes and sells specialty cookies for all occasions. You may find photos of her work on her Facebook page. Join her in the library event room from 10 – 11 am to create a delicious cookie of your own and hear a story read by her.
Angela Bin, AKA the “Queen of Hearts”
FSHS drama teacher, Angela Bin will join us as the iconic Alice in Wonderland character, with a possible appearance by her daughter, Emma. They will lead activities related to the story.
Also appearing: Professor Harold Hicks will lead a creative writing workshop for kids from 1 – 2 pm in the event room. Susan Messer will lead a round of mystery trivia and another on children’s literature, Taylor Qualls will help with some activities, Dominic Cannon will lead a tabletop gaming session, Ashley Cannon will host anime activities, and Kaylee Cannon will oversee activities related to cartoons.
The library hopes more community members will sign up to help! Specifically needed are more people to lead rounds of trivia (Miss Val can come up with the questions; volunteers would just need to read them and award prizes), oversee kids’ activities, and dress up in costumes to help make the event more interesting and fun. If enough attendees come in costume, a costume contest will also be held, with prizes awarded in several categories. Judges are also needed in order to offer the contest. Contact Valetta Cannon at or 620-223-2882 or stop by the library if you would like to help.

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