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Ventriloquist to perform at library

COURTESY PHOTO - Steve Taylor has been performing ventriloquism for 28 years. He'll be performing at the Forest Grove Library on July 12 at 11:15 a.m. in the Rogers Room.Steve Taylor has been making dummies talk ever since he was eight years old. Wooden dummies, that is. In 1963, the young ventriloquist purchased his first dummy from a Sears catalog. By the time he was 12, he was charging people for shows he performed at birthday parties.

He’ll be bringing his timbered friend, Rudy, to the Forest Grove Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., on Tuesday, July 12, for a performance that’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Performer Series.

“He’s really fun,” said Library Director Colleen Winters. “With most of the performers, it’s about ensuring the children have a good experience.”

Taylor is known for entertaining family audiences. Two-thirds of his show usually involves comedy-magic, with one-third involving comedy-ventriloquism. The San Diego native has performed for 27 years in the Pacific Northwest and 28 years in total. His shows usually center around the message of putting down the video games or switching off the television to dive into a good book — they emphasize fun reading.

He’s performed more than a dozen times at the Forest Grove library.

“Each time I come, I bring a different show. Every summer, I design a new show to go with the library’s theme for that season,” Taylor said.

He was four years old when he saw a ventriloquist perform for the first time in Southern California, and became mesmerized. Taylor believes others will be fascinated too, and encourages the community to come out and see for themselves. The show is free and open to the public, and starts at 11:15 a.m. in the Rogers Room of the library.