238 E Alder St, Walla Walla
Walla Walla Public Library
Walla Walla “Snake Extravaganza” part of the Whitman Reads children’s program, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St. Kate Jackson, Whitman College assistant professor of biology, will introduce young readers to the world of snakes and snake biology.
As a child Jackson was fascinated by reptiles and amphibians. She went on to study them in college and has written several books, “Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science and Survival in the Congo” and “Katie of the Sonoran Desert/Katie del Desierto Sonorense,” a bilingual English/Spanish children’s book, about them. Jackson will read from “Katie of the Sonoran Desert” during the program.
Jackson has traveled on expeditions into South and Central America to observe and collect snakes and has radio tracked rattlesnakes and observed alligator behavior. She also travels to the Congo, where she collects amphibian and reptile specimens and trains Congolese students.
She is working with Jean-Philippe Chippaux, an expert on snake venoms and antivenins, on a specialized, in-depth book about Central and Western African snakes, to be published this year.
She is the 2011 recipient of the Women of Discovery Courage Award.
On Aug. 15 the library will hold the Pirate Party, at 6:30 p.m. Kids can walk the plank, hear a story and have some pirate fun. There will be prizes for best costumes, pirate snacks and treasure for all.
The programs are free. For more information, call 527-4550.