Local author Steve Venables will speak at the Friends of the Library’s Author Event on Saturday, April 7 at 10:00am in the Leake Room at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First Street. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a “meet and greet” reception at 9:30am followed by the public presentation at 10am in which the author will speak about his book, Visalia Class of ’60.

This event is presented as part of a national month-long celebration of reading called D.E.A.R. ("Drop Everything and Read”), designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. You may remember that Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, "Drop Everything and Read" programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday and have expanded to all of April to spread the joy of reading for the full month. So take some time this April to make reading a priority! D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association}, and other organizations dedicated to reading.

 Author Steve Venables was born and raised in Visalia and graduated from Sacramento State before moving in 1969 to Woodland, where he started a travel agency. He owned and ran Woodland Travel for forty-five years, along with a chain of six branch offices in Davis, Sacramento, and Reno. Together with his wife Lydia he was able to travel the world frequently, and often his articles about their adventures were published in the Democrat. Later he was hired to create travelogues for an international travel magazine, and his column was voted the most popular in a tie with noted writer Rick Steves. When Venables retired, he published a book called Village Commando from Visalia, mostly about his time in the military. His most recent book, Visalia Class of '60, took him two years to finish and was the result of attending his 55th high school class reunion. One reader said, “Everything I've read is interesting; from your travels, the people you met, your family interactions, your opinions of various people, history, your respect for those who have served their country, and references to your own military service. What I read does affect my life… Your latest book helped me through difficult times, which is something I treasure.”

Steve Venables

"Visalia Class Of '60"

Saturday, April 7

9:30 Meet and Greet

10:00 Author Presentation