Thu, April 19, 20188:00 AM
Thursday, April 19, 8:30-10:30 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Maple River Elementary East Maple River Elementary West
126 Higbie Avenue East 311 Willard St
Minnesota Lake, MN 56068 Good Thunder, MN 56037
Minnesota Olympian, Children's Picture Books Presentations
Author Patrick "Packy" Mader is thrilled to be invited to the elementary schools in Minnesota Lake and Good Thunder of the Maple River School District to share Minnesota Gold, his 400-page nonfiction book featuring 250 photographs on 57 remarkable Minnesota athletes who became Olympians or Paralympians, and his four intergenerational children's books with Minnesota settings celebrating rural traditions.
Among the people highlighted in Minnesota Gold are wrestler Gary Neist of Albert Lea; Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson who has played on two gold medal-winning teams; curlers from Bemidji; and Kris Kuehl, a discus thrower from Storden. The multimedia Power Point presentation includes the challenges and achievements of the profiled athletes and video clips of phenomenal athletic feats.
Curlers Kari Erickson and Stacey Liapis of Bemidji; Gary Neist, an Olympic wrestler; Lindsay Whalen, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in basketball
Minnesota has a rich sports heritage and more than 300 living Olympians. Students, staff and guests will be introduced to famed athletes John Mayasich (Eveleth, hockey), Carrie Tollefson (Dawson, running), and 2018 gold medalist Jessie Diggins. Also highlighted will be Waseca High School graduate and member of the gold medal-winning sitting volleyball Paralympic team, Lexi Shifflett, who will be featured in a second volume of Minnesota Gold and Mapleton native John Landsteiner who will hopefully be interviewed for the tentatively scheduled for publication in December 2019.
Patrick will be bringing large storyboards and many props for the children's picture books including an authentic milking machine! Illustrator Andrew Holmquist's hidden pictures are always popular and discussion about the writing and printing process are also reviewed.