Read Across America, the annual celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday will take place Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Heritage Mall at 14th & Geary in Albany.
Activities including a book walk, crafts, READ dogs, and puzzles will take place. All students will receive a free book and bookmark at the book walk. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Mid-Valley members are in for a treat!
Join us for a Winter Social learning about Diantha’s adventures in Australia as an exchange teacher. She will share her experiences with the school and culture while we relax, sip sparkling cider, and eat seasonal snacks provided by your local council. If you have heard Diantha speak before you know how good this presentation will be. You won’t want to miss this special evening!
If you haven’t been able to have lunch at the Old School Cafe, you are in for a treat. The Cafe has retained the blackboards, books and education paraphernalia from the Old School, but have made it into an elegant place to socialize. Please join us.
December 3, 2015, 4:30PM-6:00PM
Old School Cafe, 4455 NE Highway 20, Corvallis.
(At the Children’s Farm Home)
Our first activity of the new school year is our Best of the Books event Sept. 24 at the Grass Roots Books & Music at 227 SW 2nd Street in Corvallis. There will be newly released titles, ILA Teachers’ Choice winners, and Patricia Gallagher Books. Social and Browsing will begin at 4:00PM with the presentations scheduled to begin at 4:30PM. As in the past, Grass Roots will offer 20% discount on books purchased for use in the classroom and Mid-Valley will have several gift card door prizes! This year this event will be 1 of the Evenings of Professional Conversations. PDUs will be available. You won’t want to miss this it!
Summer is almost over. We hope you enjoyed a restful few months are ready to share your passion for literacy. To kick off the new school year, check out our scheduled events and activities for 2015-2016.
As a tribute to the time-honored tradition of having students write about their summer vacations…we want you to respond to the question:
What did you read this summer?
Mid-Valley Reading Council is a part of the Oregon Reading Association. The council is for teachers of all grade levels, librarians, parents and community members interested in promoting literacy.
Join us, Thursday, September 24th for our Grass Roots Best of The Books Event. For more information click on Activities/Events.
Western Oregon University’s Division of Teacher Education (in coordination with the Project High Five Grant) is pleased to welcome award-winning children’s author, Monica Brown, for an evening workshop on April 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Monica will speak about her writing and work, through the lens of examining social justice issues in children’s literature. Workshop attendees will also have opportunities to examine multiple international and multicultural children’s literature titles and consider ways for integrating such literature in the classroom and at home. Classroom teachers, librarians, parents, and readers are all welcome to attend.
Spanish translation services will be provided. A select number of Monica’s books will be available for purchase at the event. An author signing will follow the evening’s events. Click here for a campus map: http://www2.wou.edu/pls/wou2/ucs.video_tour.p_main
At the ORA General Meeting, Kristi Miller, Mid-Valley Board Member and ORA Treasurer for 17 years was given the Lifetime Literacy Award. This award, is given yearly, to a member who has advanced the cause of literacy and the Oregon Reading Association. We are thrilled that our friend and Mid-Valley Board Member, received this high honor. Way to go, Kristy!
Have you registered for the Winter Institute coming up Feb. 6-7 in Portland? Nancy Frey and Doug Fischer will be the featured speakers on Friday, and there will be multiple sessions to choose from on Saturday. You can find more information regarding the institute including, registration, housing, and sessions on the ORA website. I hope to see you there!
Cheryl Graham didn’t disappoint us as she showed us some of her favorite and new texts to use to help children with their writing. She also shared several resource books for teachers to obtain good examples of mentor texts, one of which was “The Writing Thief” by Ruth Culham. Several TAR members were familiar with this book as it was the professional book read last summer. It was another great Evening of Professional Development.