Marianna Terezow has traded in her job as a palaeontologist technician this week to take up the duties of a touring award-nominated author.
The Wellingtonian visited libraries in Dannevirke and Tikokino yesterday for a hands-on introduction to her book The Kiwi Fossil Hunter's Guide and today will be visiting libraries in Hastings and Napier.
Miss Terezow showed visiting children how to make copies of fossils using plaster of Paris casts, and talked about how scientists used fossils to research things such as climate change.
She co-authored The Kiwi Fossil Hunter's Guide with her GNS Science colleague James Crampton, and the non-fiction book was a finalist in this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
The book was a practical guide to finding fossils in 30 locations around New Zealand, including three in Hawke's Bay. She said the idea had been brewing with Dr Crampton for about 10 years and was designed to get kids away from computer games.
Central Hawke's Bay Libraries was running the Hawke's Bay Festival, which also included a district-wide quiz for primary school senior students at Dannevirke Library tomorrow, and a military display at the Waipawa Library and CHB Settlers Museum on Monday.