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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Teachers’ Choices Award Winners

Who:            MVRC members
What:           Reviewing Teachers’ Choices Award winners for 2017
When:           Thursday, April 20, 4:30 – 6:00
Where:          Eats & Treats Cafe, 1644 Main Street, Philomath
–We will present the 30 winners for 2017–10 for primary, 10 for intermediate, and 10 for older students
–Eats & Treats is a gluten-free restaurant and we will have appetizers available at no cost.
–Please take advantage of their menu and order dinner to take home!
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Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day at Heritage Mall


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It’s Dr. Seuss Time

Dr. Seuss at the Mall

Cat in the Hat Passing Out Stickers

March 4, 2017


Heritage Mall, Albany, Oregon

Come enjoy:

  • Crafts – Cat in the Hat hats, Yertle the Turtle, and One Fish, Two Fish

  • Seuss Puzzles

  • Free Bookmarks and Books at the Book Walk

  • R.E.A.D. dogs

If you would like to help, show up at the mall at 10:00, or email President Anna Moser.

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Activities Galore! Stephanie Harvey, TAR/Teachers’ Choice, and the ORAcle

pumpkins-300x200Opportunities galore to learn from and interact with other educators coming soon.

It’s not too late to join the TAR/Teachers’ Choice group that meets this month on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 at the home of Kim Fairbanks, 2189 Kenworthy Rd. NE, Albany. This year our Teachers as Readers Group is combining with the ILA Teachers’ Choice program to read many new picture and chapter books. There is a $25 fee for taking part in this activity, but each person taking part in the book reviews will receive a “ton” of books at the end of the program next Spring. A very nominal fee to see and read many new books and to be able to place them in your classroom/school!  Questions? Please email Kim:

If you missed Stephanie Harvey when she was in Oregon during our snow storm several years ago, you have an opportunity coming up on November 4, 2016. Stephanie will be speaking at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 8439 NE Columbia BLVD in Portland. Stephanie is a nationally well-known educator who is the author of Strategies that Work and Comprehension Collaboration- Inquiry Circles in Action. Her talk at ORA’s Fall Institute is entitled Reading is Thinking: Comprehension at the Core. For more information about her presentation and to register for the institute, please go to You may want to read the printed application first as it has the information regarding the talk, even if you choose to register online.

Have you read the latest issue of the ORAcle? If not, you will want to visit Oregon Reading Association’s website to find many articles about topics that are sure to be interesting to you, no matter what area of education you are in. This issue has information about books for teaching about the election, sharing culturally responsive material with young children, using the What Works Clearinghouse, information about ORA’s fall and winter institutes, and Patricia Gallagher book awards. Rene Dernbach and her fine columnists do a great job of bringing you a very informative newsletter 3 times per year.


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Are you a member of the Mid-Valley Council?

Dr. Seuss Day at the Mall

Mid-Valley Council Dr. Seuss Day at Heritage Mall

As the leaves turn color and fall, it is time for you to check your membership in the Mid-Valley Council and Oregon Reading Association.  $25 allows you to become a member of both the local council and the state organization.  If you are new as a teacher (within 5 years), are a substitute, or have let your membership lapse, we have a special deal: 2 years membership for only $25. However, this special is only good until the end of October.

Some of you may feel that since you don’t have time to take part in the council activities, you don’t need to become a member. However, just like the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and state math and science groups, the Oregon Reading Association works with Oregon Dept. of Education leaders, and teachers of preservice teachers at Oregon universities, to provide the best professional development possible. ORA advocates for teachers to keep literacy practices developmentally appropriate, and focused on literacy for life, and not just to pass assessments. Each local council also provides activities tailored to local needs.

Please consider that your membership fee will go a long way to promote literacy in our state. It is a small price to pay for doing your part.

Membership forms are included in this post. Or you can go to the ORA website and pay with Pay Pal. Unfortunately, the special deal is not available online, but must be mailed to Katherine Inman, 447 NW Witham Dr. Corvallis, OR or sent via school mail to Linda Eng at Tangent School at GAPS.

ORA/Mid-Valley Membership Form:  midvalley-membership-2016-2017

ORA/Mid-Valley Alternate Membership: 2 Year Special for new teachers, substitutes, and teachers who have allowed memberships to lapse: alternate-midvalley-membership-2016-2017


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