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Library's summer programs for kids start with 'yo-yo man'

Micheal Steele turns his yo-yo into a motorcycle, complete with sound effects, for children during a Storytime summer presentation on yo-yo tricks at the Prescott Valley Public Library June 10.<br>
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

Micheal Steele turns his yo-yo into a motorcycle, complete with sound effects, for children during a Storytime summer presentation on yo-yo tricks at the Prescott Valley Public Library June 10.<br> Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

The kids sitting on the floor of the Prescott Valley Public Library's Crystal Room for an hour did not wiggle and squirm, but goggled at "Magical Michael" Steele's yo-yo tricks. Steele conducted two seminars as part of the Children's Library summer programs.

Steele, a Sedona resident, wowed the audience as he performed intricate yo-yo feats that resembled cats-in-the-cradle string tricks, always making that elusive toy pop back into his hand. He even taught eager young volunteers from the audience a few quick tricks, after showing everyone the basics, such as how to untwist the string.

Steele's teaching background was evident as he captivated the children with his friendly, joking manner. He taught fourth through sixth grade for 14 years in the Clarkdale/Jerome school, and now serves as a substitute teacher and after-school tutor in Sedona. During summers, he gives lessons, and also entertains all ages with his variety act that includes yo-yos, magical illusions, music (a flute and Name That Tune) and juggling.

"By making it a variety show, even 3-year-olds will sit for an hour," Steele said.

This summer he's scheduled in Tucson, Phoenix and Albuquerque. For more information on Steele, email: michael@magicalmichaelsteele.com, or call 928-634-7985.

The Prescott Valley Children's Library summer programs continue through July, and were listed in the Tribune's June 12 issue. Upcoming programs include a juggler, singalong songs, a cowgirl, and a drawing workshop. Programs are targeted for ages five and older.

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