Saturday, October 9, 10:00am -12:00pm
Retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as a career public school social studies teacher and athletic coach, Dr. Mike Woods, a former Fulton Steamer, has published his third book. The title of his new book is—I am a Teacher. The Fulton Public Library (Schmaling) in Fulton will be the location for the book signing event on October 9 from 10 a.m. until noon. Visitors are expected to wear a mask. In the evening Dr. Woods will be inducted into the Fulton Steamers first Hall of Fame ceremony.
In his book, I am a Teacher, Dr. Woods presents an uninhibited look at teaching in America’s public and private schools along with the University of Illinois from the 60s to 2012. He draws from his own personal experiences as he describes them along with the fads, trends and politics in education that occurred during his career. He brings broad interest and unusual understanding to a challenging and enticing facet of American life.
Dr. Woods will have some copies of his book, The Game: The Way We Were to the Way We Are along with his second book, The family. Gary Herrity, a former writer for The Clinton Herald said in his review of The Game.
“He uses his book as a vehicle to explain how a sport, a small town, and many national events converge in his life. It is a book that is much more than a sports story.”
Dr. Woods’ second book, The Family, is a story of his Midwest family during the 20th century. Both parents were born in Clinton, Iowa in the early 1900s and traveled through WWI, the Roaring 20s, The Great Depression, WWII, the Sleepy 50s, the Uproarious 60s, and so on. The family moved to Fulton in 1942 where Tommy Woods bought the drug store. The family survived WWII and went on to raise the seven boys and one girl.
Again, The Clinton Herald writer Gary Heredity. He said, “The Woods family lived it, loved it, and used the lessons to enrich their lives.”
Two of Dr. Woods books, The Family and I am a Teacher are available at www.talespress.com for $20.