Kevin Strauss
Kevin Strauss
Round up your children and head to the Spring Grove Cinema on Saturday for a doggone good time of storytelling.

Award-winning author and storyteller, Kevin Strauss, will be at the Spring Grove Cinema presenting his program, Reading Ranger.

"Once a hero of the West, this book-loving cowpoke travels the country to spread the news that reading books or hearing stories makes you smarter," says Strauss' website.

The Spring Grove Public Library and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) are co-sponsoring this event that is aimed at preschool through third-grade students, but children of all ages will enjoy the show.

"We are very excited to have Kevin Strauss coming to Spring Grove," said Bethany Bergsgaard, ECFE coordinator. "This is sure to be an event that will entertain and inspire the whole family. "

The program begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. There is a $1/person admission fee. The interactive program includes stories, songs and western fun.

Strauss is based out of Rochester, and for more than a decade, he has used stories to entertain, educate and inspire both children and adults.

He performs at schools, libraries, preschools and community events all across the Midwest.

Strauss is also the author of three books, "Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world," "Loon and Moon" and "Song of the Wolf." He is also a storyteller on two CDs and two upcoming DVDs.

He has won several national awards, which include the NAPPA Award, Parents Choice Award and the Storytelling World Award.

"My favorite part about being a storyteller is having the opportunity to share the stories that I love with other people. I also like being a part of a storytelling tradition that reaches back at least 2500 years, to the days when a man named Aesop told stories in the town square in Athens."

Strauss' favorite words to hear, especially from his daughter, are "Tell me a story!"

He also enjoys spending time with his family camping, canoeing and hiking. To learn more about his programs and books, visit his website at www.naturestory.com.