Look for new professional development opportunities for 2016-2017! And ways to get books for your classroom library! More info to come soon!


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Evening of Professional Conversation

Integrating Literature Within Content Areas

Mid-Valley members will share books that will help you integrate math, social studies, science and writing. Books will be chosen for grades K-8. Bring favorite books and ideas to share.

Free for all Mid-Valley Members

March 10, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm

Tangent Elementary School, 32100 Old Oak Dr. Tangent.

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Fun at Dr. Seuss Day

IMG_1060Cat in the Hat Passing Out Stickers

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Dr. Seuss Day at the Mall

IMG_0018Dr. Seuss Event February 2016

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.



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Australia Bound! EPC Holiday Celebration

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)


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Best of the Books at Grass Roots Books & Music


2014 Grass Roots Best of the Books event


Diantha presents at the 2014 Grass Roots event

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!

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What did you read this summer?

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?

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Welcome To Mid-Valley Reading Council

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.

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Western Oregon University presents award winning children’s author, Monica Brown

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

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Kristi Miller honored with Lifetime Literacy Award!

State Coordinator, Carol Brown and Lifetime Literacy Award winner, Kristi Miller

ORA State Coordinator, Carol Brown, gives the Lifetime Literacy Award to Kristi Miller, Mid-Valley Council Member and ORA Treasurer.

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!


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