Grass Roots Best of the Books

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Join Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the OSLA

2018-2019 MVLC Brochure

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Welcome to Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the Oregon State Literacy Association

Welcome to the Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the Oregon State Literacy Association! The Mid-Valley Reading Council recently became a chapter under the auspices of the OSLA. Our former state organization, Oregon Reading Association, changed also to be in alliance with the International Literacy Association. These changes have brought some cosmetic changes, but we are still a group of teachers, parents, and educators who are interested in promoting literacy throughout the Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. We hope you will join us in the activities we have planned for this school year.

The new officers for MVLC are President Katherine Inman, VP Carole Rosenberg, Secretary Anna Moser, Treasurer Diantha Mollahan, Membership Kim Fairbanks, and Technology/website Janeen Tope-Lehn and Katherine Inman. Meetings are on the following Tuesdays at 4:30 at Katherine’s home: 447 NW Witham Dr. Corvallis. Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 27, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, April 16 and planning meeting on the morning of June 25. Any MVLC member is welcome to attend any board meetings.

Many of you have taken part in the Teachers’ Choices book reviews in past years. This will be the last year that we will have the opportunity to review new books and then receive free books on April 4 in proportion to the number of books reviewed. Publishers send 3 copies of each book and each book needs 6 reviews. The reviews are done with a simple, online multiple-choice form. The national winners will be presented at Eats and Treats on May 2, 2019. Participants must be current members of MVLC and also pay a $25 fee. 4 or more members from 1 school may enroll for a flat $100 fee. Registration will be at the first meeting on Sept. 13 at 4:30 at the home of Kim Fairbanks, 2189 Kenworthy Rd. NE Albany. If you want to participate and are unable to attend the first meeting, please contact Kim to make other arrangements. Future dates are: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, and Feb. 14.

Back by popular demand is our Grass Roots bookstore “Best of the Books” event on Sept. 25th. Refreshments and social time beginning at 4:00 and the presentation will begin at 4:30. Besides Tiffany’s presentation of new books, MVLC members will share the Patricia Gallagher children’s award books for this year. Attendees will be able to reserve 1 of 5 sets for classroom reading. Refreshments will be provided, and Grass Roots will offer 20% discount on books purchased for the classroom again this year. And there are always door prizes! We hope you can join us!

The Teachers as Readers group will reconvene on Feb. 14, the last day of the Teachers’ Choice meetings at Kim’s house. The book selected this year is The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning and Teaching. The editors are Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book and then attendees will split the $100 TAR money given by OSLA. Future dates for the TAR group will be at March 14, April 18 and May 9 at Katherine Inman’s home 447 NW Witham Dr. Corvallis. All meetings this year will  begin at 4:30.

Other dates to put on the calendar are:

  • 4: Holiday Celebration with guest speakers Tami Default-Toomb and Marla Ernst at the Old School Café, Corvallis
  • 8-9, 2019: Oregon State Literacy Conference
  • March 2, 2019: Dr. Seuss Day at Heritage Mall
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Mid-Valley Reading Council Becomes Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the OSLA

Did you know that the Mid-Valley Reading Council is no more? That’s right! We are now the Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the Oregon State Literacy Association.

We are now affiliated with the International Literacy Association.  Due to new laws and a change in focus from just reading to all that literacy entails, the International Reading Association disbanded and a new organization came into being: The International Literacy Association. The Oregon Reading Association chose to do the same and disbanded, incorporating into a new organization: Oregon State Literacy Association. The ILA decided to use the word chapters instead of councils, so the Mid-Valley Reading Council became the Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the Oregon State Literacy Association.

Welcome to your new local literacy group! Look for a social activity coming soon.

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Good People, Good Food, Great Ideas

Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter of the

Oregon State Literacy Association

invites you to socialize with us to start the new school year!

Good People, Good Food, Great Ideas!

Tuesday, August 28th

Murphy’s Patio   Downtown Corvallis


Connect or reconnect with peers who love books!

Come and get to know who we are and what we do.

Appetizers and nonalcoholic drinks provided.

Door prizes! Bring your friends!

You don’t need to be a member to attend!

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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:


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