Author/illustrator comes to Pages

Pages Books & Coffee in Newton is offering an opportunity to write, draw and "Think Outside the Bawks" with Wichita's own author/illustrator Michael Kline. Mike will be in the shop for Second Saturday, on Saturday, April 13, starting at 10:30 a.m. until the cows come home.

It's a little known secret, but, the New York Times, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey, HGTV, Paula Poundstone, Reader's Digest, Lands' End, SpiceBox (in Canada), and Red Communications (in Malaysia) have at least one thing in common, and that is Michael Kline's phone number.

In addition to the former, Kline has contributed words and pictures to Kids Discover magazine for more than 18 years, and lists such companies as Williamson Publishing, Family Fun magazine, Storey Publishing and Ideals Publishing among those who receive his hand-addressed invoices. He is the author/illustrator of WordPlay Cafe, a phonetic romp for the knee-high generation, and crafts his illuminations from his modest and almost-paid-for home in Wichita.

The wobbly corners of Kline's drawing table are set level with documents such as The 1999 EdPress Golden Lamp Award, the 1996, 1997 and 2005 Parent’s Choice Gold Award, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book, Children’s Book Council Notable Children’s Book, Benjamin Franklin Best Multicultural Book Award, and Learning Magazine’s Teachers’ Choice Award.

The areas of highest honor in his office, however, are reserved for letters and artwork from normal, everyday children — like himself.

Michael Kline will be reading, writing and drawing with attendees, and sharing work from his newest collaboration, "The Doodles of Sam Dibble."

Life Enrichment schedule announced

Life Enrichment sessions are in the Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus.

The schedule for April 17 is as follows:

- 9:30 a.m. "The Flying Flowers of Kansas: Butterflies," Jim Mason, naturalist, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita.

- 10:30 a.m. "The Sternberg Family: Pioneers of Modern Paleontology," Michael J. Everhart, adjunct curator of paleontology, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays.

Michael J. Everhart is a 1969 graduate of Wichita State University. After his military service (U.S. Army), he returned to Wichita State for his master's degree (1973). He worked for the Wichita Sedgwick County Health Department for 12 years and served as the environmental health director from 1981-1985. He was hired as the environmental affairs manager at the Boeing Company, where he retired after 17 years.

Mike has been an adjunct curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, since 1998.

Mike is an expert on Late Cretaceous marine fossils of central and western Kansas, and on the history of paleontology in Kansas. In addition, he has worked with the "T-rex Sue" exhibition at the Sternberg Museum in Hays, and Exploration Place in Wichita. Mike was a contributor to the BBC documentary "Chased by Sea Monsters" and served as one of the senior science advisers on the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film "Sea Monsters." His work has been featured in five made for television videos on the History and Discovery channels.

Mike is the author of “Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep” (National Geographic, 2007) and “Oceans of Kansas — A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea” (Indiana University Press, 2005). Both titles were honored as Kansas Notable books. In addition, Mike has also written many papers describing the fossils of the Smoky Hill Chalk, including the 2005 naming of a new species of a marine reptile (mosasaur) from Kansas called Tylosaurus kansasensis. Most recently, Mike and co-author Alyssa Bell described two examples of the oldest bird fossils in North America, based on specimens that originated from Russell County.

He is the creator and webmaster of the educational “Oceans of Kansas Paleontology” web site:, which has been on the Internet since December 1996. He served as an editor of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science from 2006 to 2011 and was president of the KAS in 2005.

- 11:35 a.m. "Music: Vocal and Instrumental," Bethel College students, James Pisano, associate professor of music.

Life Enrichment, now in its 39th year, is made possible by funding from Bethel College, registration fees of participants and the speakers who volunteer without compensation. The series is especially for adults age 60 and older. The schedule is available at

The cost is $20 per semester or $2 per week.

The coffee break is 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. Donations are accepted to cover the cost. Lunch is served in Schultz Center Dining Hall. Purchase tickets for lunch by 10:35 a.m. Cost: $5.50 for full meal; $3.50 for soup/salad/dessert.