The Woodward News


May 31, 2012

Magician helps kick off reading program

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward Public Library hosted entertainer Steve Crawford to kick off their summer reading program for 1st through 5th graders on Wednesday.

Crawford has been performing his act for over 40 years.

"I started doing magic when I was a kid in Ponca City, Okla.  I would practice my acts on the librarians at my local library," said Crawford.

From there practice was all he needed and Crawford performed his first public show in the fifth grade.

"My fifth grade teacher, who I'm still friends with today, is the one that really encouraged me to do a public show," Crawford said.

After deciding to have a public show he needed a venue, his teacher suggested the library.

Since then he has gone on to share the stage with Henry Winkler, Alice Cooper and Evel Knievel.

Crawford travels all over the country with his act, but always spends his summers in Oklahoma performing for the one group that got him started, public libraries.

Wednesday's show at the Pioneer Room in Woodward got plenty of oohs and aahs especially when Crawford made a young volunteer from the audience Ava Bogdahn float.  Most of the children also enjoyed his animal assistant Presto the Magic Rabbit.

The magic show was just a precursor for all the magic of reading that the children can enjoy during the summer reading program.

"The children were encouraged to sign up for the reading program after the magic show or to stop by the library later this week," stated Martha Feerer of the Woodward Public Library.

The library plans on hosting three more events this summer in conjunction with the 1st through 5th grade summer reading program.

There will be a program on June 12 featuring Derek Brock of Mad Science of Central Oklahoma, who will present a program on "things of the night," Feerer said.

Then on July 3 the Sugar Free All Stars Band will perform in the Pioneer Room and on July 5 a show called Critter Tales featuring nocturnal animals will be held at the Pioneer Room.

The library will also have different events as part of its other summer reading programs for toddlers, teens and adults.

For more information on any of the summer reading programs, contact the Woodward Public Library at 254-8544.

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