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SUBMITTED by Theresa Streb, Lyons Public Library (10-May-2011)

Dr. Nancy (Bartleson) Mervar, a 1969 Lyons High School alumni, read and conducted writing workshops for Lyons Elementary students on June 3, and participated in a Meet the Author Book Signing at the Lyons Public Library on June 4 at 11:00. The Lyons Public Library received 25% of retail sales from the event. Books were available for sale at the Lyons Library on June 4 and can be ordered anytime through www.indiangappress.com. The cost is $16, plus shipping and handling. Dr. Mervar also did a book reading at the Sodus Community Library, 17 Maple Avenue, Sodus on Monday, June 6 at 10:45 a.m. with an author signing at 11:30 a.m. At the Sodus event 25% of retail sales were contributed to the Sodus Community Library.
Raised on a fruit farm north of Lyons, New York, Dr. Mervar made her way to Lyons, Colorado, where she has lived for the last 40 years. Lyons, CO, is a small community in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just east of Rocky Mountain National Park. Dr. Mervar and her husband raise goats and golden retrievers on their small ranch.

Nana's Silly Goats by Nancy Lee Mervar
She has now published her first children’s book. Her first book, Nana’s Silly Goats, was published by her own publishing company, Indian Gap Press. This hard cover picture book is a wonderful read-aloud for preschool through primary grade children. True facts about goats are included for discussion. Readers and listeners can try to sort real from imaginary events. The text is easily adapted to readers’ theater enactment and the readability level is second to third grade. A description of the book follows: When Nana brings home four little goats, the adventures begin! From exploring to adventure, have fun with Nana and her goat kids as they discover the dangers of not-so-nice neighbors and predators, sample peanut butter sandwiches and experiment with tractor driving. All incidents in the story are based on real experiences raising goats “with a sprinkle of imagination." Children will relate to the activities and emotions of the goat kids.

Dr. Mervar is a retired teacher and principal. She has always loved books, animals and farm life, and teaching. Her family participated in 4-H activities and she continues to support this opportunity for youngsters to learn about animals and rural life. Her professional life included working with children with special learning needs and their families. She also enjoyed classroom teaching, and administrative roles in both regular and special education.

After retiring, Dr. Mervar once again found the time to enjoy animals and rural life, and realized her dream of writing children’s books. She is currently a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association). In 2007 she received a Pride of Lyons Alumni Award. Dr. Mervar received her B.S. degree from State University College at Geneseo, her M.S. degree from the University of Colorado, and her Ph.D. from the University of Denver.


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