When the Westerville Public Library brought Daniel Handler -- known by many by his occasional pen name Lemony Snicket -- in February, it was one of the biggest names the library had brought in for some time.

When the Westerville Public Library brought Daniel Handler -- known by many by his occasional pen name Lemony Snicket -- in February, it was one of the biggest names the library had brought in for some time.

But Handler's appearance doesn't seem to be an outlier, as the library gears up for two even higher-profile visitors for special events in the coming months.

As with Hadler's talk, they will be held at Westerville Central High School at allow larger audiences than can be accommodated in the library's meeting rooms.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, the library will host Piper Kerman, author of the Netflix-adapted Orange is the New Black.

Kerman will speak about the landscape of United States prisons and answer questions from the crowd before a book-signing. Orange is the New Black T-shirts will be offered as door prizes.

Just a month later, the library hosts New York Times bestselling spy novelist Daniel Silva.

Silva visits at 7 p.m. July 1 to promote his new book The English Spy, the 15th of his Gabriel Allon series. Silva will be interviewed on stage and answer questions from the audience.

For the first time, both presentations will require an entry fee.

For Kerman's presentation, tickets are $15 per person. Silva's presentation will have "tiered" seating priced at $15 for general admission and $30 and $50 packages. The two higher packages come with a copy of The English Spy.

Library Program and Community Engagement Coordinator Erin Huffman said with increased attendance and exposure, the library decided to bring in bigger names, even if it meant charging for the events.

"All the events so far have been either at capacity or over," Huffman said.

"So, it seems to be something that's desired and wanted," she said.

"We decided to charge to help offset costs. We wanted to keep it something that was reasonable so people could still come easily."

Huffman said the bigger names are part of an effort to get more people involved in the library.

"We're just hoping to bring different authors who would be of interest to the community, and diverse authors who are getting a lot of attention based on what books are getting checked out," she said.

"Once we got rolling, more opportunities presented themselves because we make connections in that world of authors," Huffman said. "It's been great so far."

And as more authors come to Westerville, the library grows in reputation and ability to attract larger names.

"We've had people reach out to us who want to come to Westerville now," Huffman said.

"Originally, it was just us seeking them out and asking if they could stop on their book tour. Now it's going both ways," she said.

"The community has been greatly appreciative and said they love us having these."

The big-name visits won't end with Silva.

The library already has booked Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn for Nov. 5, an event Huffman said organizers are "very excited about." Details will be available later in the year.

For more information, call the library's program office at 614-259-5019 or send email to programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.