Video: Royals Star Frank White Shares His Library Love

It’s official: Frank White has been inducted into the Library Hall of Fame. What did the Royals’ former star second baseman do to receive this singular honor? Simple. He got on camera and testified to the power of reading and libraries.

The baseball superstar dropped by the Plaza Branch on Oct. 23 to launch his brand-new memoir, One Man’s Dream: My Town, My Team, My Time. Co-author Bill Althaus interviewed White before a capacity crowd in Truman Forum auditorium, many of whom had come to hear the celebrated ballplayer talk about his recent split with his former team. (Meanwhile upstairs, costume-clad children gathered in Kids’ Corner for a Halloween party.)

Before the night’s opening pitch, we cornered the jovial and gracious hometown celeb and got him to speak about how books and libraries have impacted his life – and how reading aloud is mandatory in the White household.

Family Read Aloud Month is going on all November long at the Library, and it’s easy to join in on the rewarding experience. Find out how to sign up, and check out our Tumblr gallery of KC families reading.

Further viewing: John Lithgow on the Power of Reading to Kids

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Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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