Teachers Choice Winners at Eats and Treats

Hi Everyone,

Next week, we will be able to see the 2018 winners of the Teachers’ Choice Awards. Many of you helped review the hundreds of books, and with other teachers across the United States, the winners have been tallied and announced.

On May 3rd at Eats and Treats from 4:30-6:00pm, MidValley Literacy Chapter will host an event to announce and show the winning books. There will be delicious food and beverages free of charge.

This event is for MidValley members only, BUT if you haven’t yet joined, or have let your membership lapse, you can do it online or at the door. (Bring your check!)

We hope to have you join us.

The MidValley Board

P.S. In case you wondered about the name change, yes we are now legally the MidValley Literacy Chapter and are associated with the Oregon State Literacy Association and the International Literacy Association. Membership to MidValley includes membership in the Oregon State Literacy Association, but the membership in the International Literacy Association is a separate membership and fee.

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Have you read the 2018 Patricia Gallagher Books?

What do the following books have in common?


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Dr. Seuss at the Mall

Dr. Seuss Event February 2018

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Songbooks with Diantha

This is our annual holiday get-together.

The Farm Home Cafe is catering treats!

We hope you can come!

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TAR/Teachers’ Choices

Teachers’ Choices Book Group meets this week at the home of Kim Fairbanks, 2189 Kenworthy Rd NE, Albany on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 4:30. This is your chance to get free books by reviewing new books from now until February.

Participants who have already started reviewing books are asked to share 1 book that you especially liked pointing out why you liked it.

Snacks are welcome! As are questions! Kim Fairbanks: kim.fairbanks@albany.k12.or.us


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Best of the Books at Grass Roots Sept. 28

Our popular annual “Best of the Books” presentation is back! Sept. 28, beginning at 4:00pm with Social/Browsing and 4:30 for the presentation by Tiffany at Grass Roots, and various Mid-Valley members who will be presenting this year’s Patricia Gallagher Books at Grass Roots Book Store, 227 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis.

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TAR/Readers’ Choice Opportunity

Happy new school year,

Here is another opportunity to gain FREE (Yes, free) books for your classroom library or your school library.  For those of you who are not new to this event, please bring some buddies.

There are two ways join this year.  Either individually or as a team.  Read page 2 of the flier.

Please bring your friends.  The more the merrier.  There are plenty of books for all.

See you this Thursday at 4:30 – my house  (2189 Kenworthy Rd NE, Albany).  This is very close to Cloverridge school, but off Century Dr.  Any questions or problems finding the house call me at 541-619-3022.

Kim Fairbanks

For more information about this or other professional development opportunities with the Mid-Valley Reading Council, click on the 2017-2018 flyer.



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Teachers as Readers/Teachers Choices Meeting

Welcome to another year of important literacy activities of the Mid-Valley Council of the Oregon Reading Association!

Our year begins next Thursday, Sept. 14 with the first meeting of the Teachers as Readers/Teachers’ Choice program. The Teachers’ Choice program allows participants to read many, many new books, review them with a brief multiple choice survey, and then at the end of the year choose the books that they would like to keep in their classroom library! The program is sponsored by the International Literacy Association. Publishers send multiple copies to the Mid-Valley Council % of Kim Fairbanks. The council responsibility is to make sure that each book (over 600 different titles) is reviewed by at least 3 different readers. All reviews need to be finished by early February. In May, there will be both a presentation of the book winners, and also a day to distribute the books to the readers. The more books one reads and reviews, the more books the classroom library receives!

This year, at each of the meetings to pick up books, we will also have short discussions sharing the favorite books we have read that month.

In February, we will begin the 2nd portion of our Teachers as Readers program by reading the book I Wish My Teacher Knew by Kyle Schwartz. Books will be distributed at the meeting. There is $100 to spend on the books, so depending on the number of participants, there may be a small cost for the book.

What:            Teachers as Readers/Teachers Choice Meeting

When:          Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 4:30pm

Where:         Kim Fairbanks’ home: 2189 Kenworthy Rd. NE Albany, OR 97322



Cost:             Current Mid-Valley Council/ORA membership (new/renew: $35) plus $25 to participate.

Requirements to Participate in book give away May 17:

  • Attendance at 4 of 6 TAR/TC meetings
  • Review of 3 novels and 10 picture books per meeting
  • Attendance at 3 out of 4 MVRC sponsored events
  • Participate in Patricia Gallagher voting process or chose one extra opportunity to participate in
  • Turn in a log of the meetings/events that you participated in by April 23

Hope to see many of you on Thursday!



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Mid-Valley Reading Council 2017-2018

The Mid-Valley Reading Council is ready to kick-off their year with a year full of activities, new books, great conversation and stimulating thoughts!

You won’t want to miss any of the exciting activities beginning with a Teachers as Readers/Teachers Choices Meeting on Sept. 14.

Next is our annual New Books Kick-off at Grass Roots Books on Sept. 28.

You will find all the information you need about these Sept. events in our 2017-2018 brochure.  Is your membership up-to-date? If not, you will need to join/renew online or at one of these events.

Join/Renew Membership

Printable Membership Form


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Agriculture in the Classroom Literacy Projects

The Mid-Valley Council of the Oregon Reading Association invites all members to our last professional development opportunity for this school year.

What: Agriculture in the Classroom

When: Tuesday, May 2 from 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where: Davis Family Farms, 4380 Highway 20, between Albany and Corvallis

Kristi Miller, retired Albany teacher, will share the Agriculture in the Classroom Literacy Projects from the last 10 years. These activities can be integrated with language arts, math, social studies, and science. Kristi will also schedule a limited number of your classrooms to visit free of charge to share this year’s AITC Literacy project. 

It will be a fun and informative evening and there will be door prizes! There is no charge for members, and anyone who comes can become a member at the door, if not already a member. (Membership rates are going up on July 1 to $35. Renew or become a member now for $25!)

We hope to see you on May 2.

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