Alaskan artist, author, scientist and musician Ray Troll will visit Kodiak Friday and Saturday, with events at the public library.

“I’m totally psyched to finally be returning to Alaska’s BIG Island at long last,” Troll said in a release. “I spent a wonderful week there only once way back in the ’90s and have always wanted to get back. Giant bears, big fish, beautiful scenery, a fossil beach and really cool people — who could ask for more?”

Troll’s visit includes author presentations and drawing workshops. His first day, Friday, will be spent on “Fin Art” with Kodiak High School students and on “Sharkabet” with Kodiak Middle School students. Friday’s “An Evening with Ray” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is free at Kodiak Public Library and open to all ages. Children under 10 must be supervised.

Troll’s books and T-shirts will be available for purchase at the library, cash or check payable to Kodiak Public Library Association. Ray will autograph books after Friday’s presentation.

On Saturday, Troll will lead drawing workshops for ages 7 to 114 at the library. The first drawing workshop is for ages 7-13 and will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The second drawing workshop is for ages 14-114 and is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Class size for Saturday’s workshops is limited and has a materials fee of $25.

Troll’s visit is made possible with the collaboration and sponsorship of Kodiak Public Library, Kodiak Reading Council, Kodiak Public Library Association and Kodiak Inn.

“Cultivating strong collaborations to promote both reading and science literacy and to foster artistic creation is a natural priority here at the public library,” Kodiak Public Library director Katie Baxter said.

Margaret Roberts, Kodiak Reading Council president, said “Kodiak Reading Council’s Author to Kodiak program has always hoped to bring Ray Troll back to Kodiak. Ray embodies many facets of literacy and learning — through the arts, science and especially fun!”

“KPLA is excited to join with Kodiak Public Library and Kodiak Reading Council in bringing Troll to Kodiak,” said Athenia Large, Kodiak Public Library Association president. “His blend of science, art, and literature is an inspiration to many, and we cannot wait to see what he has to share with us.”

Contact the Kodiak Public Library at 486-8686 for information.

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