Author Patricia Newman meets students virtually | Local

ELKO — Author Patricia Newman visited school children in the Elko County School District for “virtual tours” between Feb. 28 and March 4.

Sponsored by the Elko County Reading Council, Elko County School District and Kinross Bald Mountain Mine, Newman met with students from her home in Sacramento, Calif., due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Newman, who wrote mostly non-fiction children’s books, including “Neema’s Reason to Smile”, “Planet Ocean”, “Sea Otter Heroes”, “Plastic, Ahoy!” and “Zoo Scientists to the Rescue” met and interacted with students via Google Meets.

During her virtual tours, she read some of her books, gave demonstrations, and discussed the research and writing process. Newman also led a question-and-answer session with the students.

For more than 30 years, the Elko County Reading Council has brought authors to schools throughout the Elko County School District.

“It’s a wonderful way to promote a love of reading, to give students an inside view of the world of writing and publishing, and to encourage them in their own writing/illustration,” said Bev Killion , secretary of the Elko County Reading Board.

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“Reading Council thanks Kinross Bald Mountain Mine and the Elko County School District for providing this great experience,” she said.