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See You Next Year May 6, 2016

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We had a great 2015-16 year.  We’re busy planning for next year.  Watch here and our Facebook page for announcements.

Please email us acarcny@gmail.com if you have topic ideas.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help organize and assist with events.  Email us if you are interested in becoming more involved with ACARC.

Annual Dinner Meeting Schedule March 9, 2016 February 17, 2016

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Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection invite you to:

 

Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers

March 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Century House, Latham, NY

 

4:00        Registration

4:30        Welcome

Amy Merrill, school librarian and literacy specialist, will share books, authors, and strategies to motivate children to read.

5:15        Salad and conversation

5:30        Lois Miner Huey, author of historical children’s books, will discuss the research process for her books.

6:00       Main Course and conversation

6:30        Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of Albany Public Library, will present “Growing Recreational Readers: Igniting the Joy and Empowerment of Reading in Everyone”

 Dessert and Raffle

7:00        Eric Devine, YA author and English teacher, will present “The Sound and the Fury: Why YA Lit Matters”.

7:30        Book signing and continuing conversations

Reservations are required by March 1st.  Please reserve your spot today by returning the mail-in registration form march 9 schedule flyer

Please make checks payable to ACARC

Questions: acarcny@gmail.com

Turning Kids into Readers February 16, 2016

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Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers

March 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Century House, Latham, NY

This annual dinner is co-sponsored with Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection.

Our final two speakers, both educators and librarians, will address how to turn kids into readers.

Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of the Albany Public Library, will present:

Growing Recreational Readers: Igniting the Joy and Empowerment of Reading in Everyone

We force it, we score it and we rank it. When made to feel like failures at it, children often turn away. For those who struggle with it, reading becomes something they resent. How do we introduce reading not as a task, but as a part of life? How do we help parents pick out books for their reluctant readers based on their children’s interests first, and level second? How do we get kids to pick books off the summer reading list not by page count, but by what they may actually read? As professionals how do our own biases, tastes and expectations sometime taint our suggestions and collection development?  It’s time to start asking these questions, before memes and emojis become our primary means of communication.

Scott was diagnosed with a learning disability and put into a resource room program at a very early age.  However, he excelled at reading thanks to a love of comic books, an interest in history, and parents who allowed him to read whatever he wanted as long as he read.  While attending the University of Hartford, he ran an after-school program in one of the district’s middle schools. Between 2000 and 2009 he worked as a branch librarian in the South End of Albany, focusing on early literacy and tween programming.  Scott was also the Head of Youth Services for the Poughkeepsie Public Library.

 

Amy Merrill, Binghamton School District School Librarian and Literacy Specialist, will present:

The Heart of Reading:  What Really Matters When Getting Kids to Read 

I will discuss the key to unlocking a reader’s heart.  Once the heart has been touched, a life-long reader is born!

 When asked to speak about Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers, Amy exclaimed, “Oh, this is truly my passion!  Besides actually voraciously reading children’s and YA literature!”

Registration is due by February 26th.  More details and the mail in registration form march 9 2016flyer

Lois Miner Huey’s Presentation and Bio February 7, 2016

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Here’s another one of the featured speakers at our annual dinner, Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers, on March 9th.  This event is co-sponsored with Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection.

lois miner huey

Lois Miner Huey is a historical archaeologist who uses her passion and knowledge about the past to write captivating nonfiction children’s books focused on uncovering the past.  Her recent books include;

  • Forgotten Bones, Uncovering a Slave Cemetery (one in Albany and two elsewhere)
  • Floodwaters and Flames, The 1913 Disaster in Dayton Ohio (and in the Albany area, too)
  • ICK! YUCK! EEW!: Our Gross American History

Lois explains the theme of her talk: “Children love to read books about exciting topics such as how early America was a third world country, a forensic study that tells us about slavery in the north, and people’s stories about dealing with a disaster like flood and fire. I will talk about the research needed for these topics and others that I present in my books.”

Registration is due by February 26th.  More details and the mail in registration form march 9 2016flyer

Eric Devine’s Presentation and Bio January 28, 2016

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Eric Devine, author of fearless fiction, is a featured speaker at our dinner meeting, Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers on March 9th.

 eric devine

“The Sound and the Fury: Why YA Lit matters.”

Eric Devine, YA author and high school English teacher, will discuss the importance of using Young Adult literature in the classroom. As an author of gritty, contemporary fiction, Eric draws on his students for his work, and his work informs how he understands his students. He believes that the best way to bridge the gap of engagement and education is by valuing the blossoming field of Young Adult literature, and not devaluing it as a mere stepping stone. There is, and always will be a place for the canon, but that does not preclude reading, discussing, and analyzing YA Lit, in order to build students who can better appreciate capital L, literature.

Eric will draw on both his work as an author and as an educator to present an impassioned argument for why we should all remember the Young Adults that exist not only in our classrooms, but also within ourselves.

Visit http://ericdevine.org/ for more information about Eric and his books.

For more information about our dinner meeting and the mail in registration form:

https://acarc.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/annual-dinner-meeting-sparking-motivation-and-engaging-readers/

 

 

Annual Dinner – Schedule Announced January 20, 2016

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Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection invite you to:

 

Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers

March 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Century House, Latham, NY

 

4:00        Registration

4:30        Welcome

Amy Merrill, school librarian and literacy specialist, will share books, authors, and strategies to motivate children to read.

5:15        Salad and conversation

5:30        Lois Miner Huey, author of historical children’s books, will discuss the research process for her books.

6:00       Main Course and conversation

6:30        Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of Albany Public Library, will present “Growing Recreational Readers: Igniting the Joy and Empowerment of Reading in Everyone”

 Dessert and Raffle

7:00        Eric Devine, YA author and English teacher, will present “The Sound and the Fury: Why YA Lit Matters”.

7:30        Book signing and continuing conversations

Reservations are required by February, 26th.  Please reserve your spot today by returning the mail-in registration form march 9 2016flyer

Questions: acarcny@gmail.com

Annual Dinner Meeting: Sparking Motivation and Engaging Readers January 10, 2016

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March 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Century House, Latham, NY

Albany City Area Reading Council, Iroquois Reading Council, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, and the Children’s Literature Connection invite you to an evening of inspiring literacy conversations with librarians, literacy specialists, classroom teachers, and children’s book lovers.  Enjoy great people and a fabulous dinner!!

Speakers:

  • Eric Devine, author of young adult fiction, including Press Play and Tap Out   
  • Lois Miner Huey, children’s author of books focused on history including ICK! YUCK! EEW! Our Gross American History
  • Amy Merrill, Binghamton School District School Librarian and Literacy Specialist
  • Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director, Albany Public Library

Professional development certificates will be provided.

Questions: acarcny@gmail.com

Reservations are required by February, 26th.

Mail in registration form march 9 2016flyer

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Resources – Connecting Comprehension and Technology January 7, 2016

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Here is the link to the resources Kristen promised:

https://padlet.com/KZiemke/Amplify

 

 

January 7 meeting December 10, 2015

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Connecting Comprehension and Technology

Interactive Skype session with Kristin Ziemke

 connecting

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

4:30-6:00

The College of Saint Rose, Events and Athletics Center, Standish Room A, Albany 

Kristin Ziemke co-authored Connecting Comprehension and Technology  with Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, and Katie Muhtaris. Her presentation will offer practical lessons that teach students how to navigate, evaluate, collaborate, and communicate through digital resources.

Professional development certificates and refreshments provided.  Free to ACARC members and Saint Rose community. $10 for guests

Co-sponsored by the Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose.

This will be your last opportunity to contribute to ACARC’s New Books for New Home’s initiative.  To date we’ve provided over 1,000 new books to new homeowners with Habitat for Humanity Capital District.  Help us get to our next 1,000 by contributing at the meeting OR by visiting the Book House in Albany to buy a book before January 7.

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2015 NBNH Bookmark

 

Best Books of 2015 List! December 3, 2015

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Here’s our speakers’ lists of favorite books from 2015!

Best Book list 2015-final

Albany City Area Reading Council and The Book House Present

Best Books of 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Book House, Stuyvesant Plaza

Intermediate Readers

George by Alex Gino

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbots

Roller Girl – Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Also of note:

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

 

Adolescent/Young Adult

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files 01 by Arnie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

Dime by E.R. Frank

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Also of note:

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

 

Best Books of 2015

(continued)

 

Informational Texts

Fire Birds by Sneed B. Collard III

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solves a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Also of note:

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower – or, John Howland’s Good Fortune by P.J.Lynch

 

Adult and Emerging Adult Readers

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Inan Carman & Shana Knizhnik

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? By Dale Russakoff

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman

Also of note:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Join us for our January Meeting

Co-Sponsored by the College of St. Rose, Thelma P. Lally School of Education

 

Connecting Comprehension and Technology

Interactive Skype session with Kristin Ziemke

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

4:30 – 6:00

The College of Saint Rose, Events and Athletics Center, Standish Room A

 

For more information: http:// acarc.wordpress.com

acarcny@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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