Archive for Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Children’s author shares stories of journeys overseas

stories of journeys overseas

November 20, 2007

Nationally-recognized author Jane Kurtz told Tonganoxie Elementary School students Friday that her two boys served as inspiration for her book "Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?"

"My two boys didn't always like to wear seat belts," Kurtz told the students at the Tonganoxie Public Library.

Kurtz, whose work has been underwritten by the State Library of Kansas, was in Tonganoxie as part of Kansas Reads to Preschoolers.

The book was one of three books selected for the statewide reading program.

During the presentation, Kurtz presented a slide show of various animals that she has encountered during her travels around the globe.

She told students she made observations about people throughout the world when it comes to reading.

"I am so glad that people everywhere love to read books," she said.

When Kurtz was 2, her family moved from Portland, Ore., to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The family moved back to the United States, but she later returned to the African country to teach in a girls school.

Kurtz, who now lives in Kansas with her husband, has written several books.

Her book about kangaroos was the focus of Friday's event. She asked students questions about kangaroos and other animals and received some interesting feedback.

When Kurtz asked the students questions about kangaroos, one girl said that a kangaroo has "a little basket tummy."

Throughout Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week, several law enforcement and fire department officials volunteered their time to read to youths at the library. Among them were: Kansas Highway Patrol troopers Jason Wohlgemuth and Jesse Johnson and Tonganoxie City Fire Department firefighter Shawn Sivyer.

Copies of Kurtz's book also were donated to the TES kindergarten classes.

Book fair next week

The library will be the site for the five-day Scholastic Book Fair Blizzard beginning Monday. There also will be a Friends of the Library pre-sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. And, build-a-book sessions will be at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday at the library. Build-a-book kits cost $6.

Festival reception

The library is playing host to the Festival of (mini) Trees fundraiser. The library will have an opening reception Thursday, Nov. 29, after the Mayor's Tree Lighting, which will be from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in downtown Tonganoxie

For more information about the festival, contact Sharon Moreland at the library, 303 Bury, (913) 845- 3281.

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