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Children's book author shares love of science at Winslow Library

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Library is the site of many interesting activities for people of all ages. Developing an appreciation of reading in children is a goal of the staff at the library and many of the activities have that goal in mine. This was certainly the case on April 24.

Award winning children's book author Conrad J. Storad spoke to a group of young people at the Winslow Public Library on April 24. He spoke for over an hour about the subjects of his books, which were mostly animals native to Arizona. He gave many demonstrations and awarded prizes to students who could answer questions about Arizona or some of its animals. His performance was very well received and the children all seemed to stay both interested and entertained.

Storad writes about science which, of course, includes the study of animals. His books are non-fiction and written in such a way as to interest and entertain young readers. They make wonderful teaching tools for teachers who use them.

One of his books, "Rattlesnake Rules" won a U.S. A. Best Books Award in 2011 after having won two awards from the Arizona Publishing Association. "Don't Ever Cross That Road: An Armadillo Story "won an Arizona Young Reader Award in 2006. "Don't Call Me Pig: A Javelina Story "won the Arizona Governor's Choice Award in 2006 and at least four other awards.

Storad is now retired from Arizona State University and is available for presentations at schools, libraries and other entities. He is scheduled to return to Winslow on June 21 at the Girl Scout House at 1 p.m. He will be in Holbrook that morning at 10 a.m. at the library.

During his presentation at Winslow he noted that his writing has been about many animals including Gila monsters, javelinas, rattlesnakes, ringtail cats, pack rats, roadrunners and the desert tortoise. All of these books are entertaining but will teach the reader facts about the animals.

Storad said that during a visit to Kartchner Caverns he learned that there were ringtail cats in the building. These were named the Arizona State Mammal in 1986 and were also known as miners' cats as they often live in mines and help by eating mice and rats. These at the monument were just a curiosity until the management found that hundreds of dollars' worth of stuffed animals and chocolate candy was missing. At first this was thought to be theft until it was discovered that ringtail cats were taking the stuffed animal toys, tearing them up and making mattresses. They were, of course, eating the candy.

Parents of children of all ages will enjoy the presentations at Winslow and Holbrook on June 21. There were children from pre-school to high school age at the Winslow Library and all appeared to enjoy the show. In fact, the older adults also appeared to enjoy the presentation and, to a limited scale, took part in the question and answer segment of the event.

The Winslow Library is fortunate to have Docia Blaylock as the librarian. She is known for lining up top quality performances. After the performance she said, "We are grateful to the OneBook Arizona committee for sending their authors into our communities this year. In celebration of the state's centennial, this program was funded by the Arizona State Library under the Arizona Department of State. Winslow will also host OneBookAZ author Lisa Schnebly Heidinger on Thursday, Aug. 23. Her book, 'Arizona: 100 Years Grand,' is the adult level selection. Copies of both books are available for check out from the Winslow Library as well as all other libraries in Navajo County."

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