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Our Experts Picks for the Best Books of 2016 December 7, 2016

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Thank you to our panel of experts: Lucy Menard, Donna Phillips, Dr. Sherry Guice, and Dr. Helen Stuetzel for sharing their expertise and reviews. Thank you to Saddlewood Elementary School for inviting us to use their beautiful library.

Here is the list of Best Books.  best-book-list  

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Books, Books, Books November 20, 2016

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Best Books of 2016

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New Books for New Homes

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

4:30-6:00 PM

Saddlewood Elementary Library, 100 Loralee Drive, Albany

Join us for our popular Best Books event in a new location!  Find out about new, exciting books and help us kick off our 6th annual New Books for New Homes campaign.

Local book experts share their picks of 2016:

Lucy Maynard, South Colonie, Primary and Picture books

Donna Phillips, Schenectady, Upper Elementary books

Dr. Sherry Guice, South Colonie, YA books

Dr. Helen Stuetzel, Gloversville, Nonfiction

New Books for New Homes: Partnering with Habitat for Humanity capital District, Albany Public Libraries and Troy Public Libraries, we collect new books and library information to new homeowners. To date, we have provided over 1300 new books!!!!  Our 2016-17 campaign will run through January 12, 2017.

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The Reading-Writing Connection October 12, 2016

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McGraw-Hill Education & The Albany City Area Reading Council present:
The Reading-Writing Connection
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:30—6:30 P.M.

Sand Creek Middle School
329 Sand Creek Road
Albany, NY 12205

Reading and writing have long been taught separately. However, research has revealed important connections between reading and writing that can be taken advantage of instructionally—to the advantage of both (though the emphasis here will be on how writing improves reading). This presentation, by Dr. Timothy Shanahan, will show how engaging students in writing activity can have a positive impact on their reading development across the grades. Additionally, Dr. Shanahan will explain how writing experience helps students to read and learn better and shows practical approaches for exploiting the power of writing successfully.

Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a Past President of the International Reading Association, former Director of Reading for Chicago Public Schools, and Principal Investigator for the National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development. Dr. Shanahan is one of the lead authors for the McGraw-Hill Education Reading Wonders program. Follow Dr. Shanahan’s blog at http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com.  For more information about Reading Wonders, visit http://www.mhreadingwonders.com.

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2016-17 Program and membership information September 11, 2016

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Our program is set  Join today!!!  

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All ACARC events meet CTLE goals for professional development and are offered through the Teacher Center, GCRTC.  Registration is recommended, although not required.  Registration is available at http://www.teachers-center.org and search for ACARC programs.

The Reading-Writing Connection

Dr. Timothy Shanahan

October 19, 2016

4:30 – 6:30

Sand Creek Middle School Forum

 Co-sponsored by McGraw Hill

Dr. Timothy Shanahan will share important instructional connections between reading and writing.  Dr. Shanahan will show how engaging students in writing activity can have a positive impact on reading comprehension through the grades.

 

Best Books of 2016

December 6, 2016

4:30 – 6:00

Saddlewood Elementary School Library

Our ever popular event returns at a new location! Quality literature helps hook kids into books and helps teachers meet the NYS standards.  Find out what’s new in children’s and Young Adult literature as four local experts share their recommendations for readers of all ages.

 

Digital Literacy in the Classroom

January 12, 2017

4:30 – 6:00

Thelma P. Lally School of Education, Events and Athletics Center, Standish Room A

 Co-Sponsored by the College of St. Rose

Join us as local educators explore integrating literacy and technology in engaging ways that motivate readers and writers and expand knowledge of digital literacy.  Our expert presenters will demonstrate effective strategies using digital composing, digital storytelling, iMovies and Green Screen, and Google as an interactive coaching platform for writing.

 

Who’s Doing the Work?: Teaching that Transfers

Kim Yaris

March 9, 2017

4:30 – 6:00

Kahl Center, Sage Colleges, Albany Campus Room 224

 Co-sponsored by Sage Colleges

Teachers are eager for strategies that engage students in difficult work, that make complex ideas simple, and that give students language for communicating about their reading processes. Join us for an interactive webinar with Kim Yaris, co-author with Jan Miller Burkins, of the new book, Who’s doing the Work?

 

Summer Reading for Teachers

Dr. Cheryl Dozier and Dr. Irene Rosenthal

May 16, 2017

4:30 – 6:00

University at Albany, Alumni House

 Co-Sponsored by the Literacy Teaching and Learning Department, University at Albany

Let’s celebrate our year of exciting PD with professional book talks and pizza as we prepare for summer.  Please join us for lively discussions of professional books and articles you might want to put on your summer reading list!

Updates to our 2016-17 Program: March and May Events July 31, 2016

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We are pleased to announce our final two programs:

March, 2017  Kim Yaris will speak about her new book, Who’s Doing the Work?: How to Say Less so Readers Can Do More, co-authored with Jan Burkins.  This will be an interactive Skype session.  Details TBD

May, 2017 Dr. Cheryl Dozier and Dr. Irene Rosenthal will begin a discussion about Summer Reading for Teachers.  They will share a few professional books, and then we will break up into small groups so attendees can share books/ articles and talk to colleagues.  Details TBD

Preview of our 2016-17 Programs July 5, 2016

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We are pleased to announce our 2016-17 program:

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October 19th: Dr. Timothy Shanahan will speak about The Reading-Writing Connection.  This event is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Educaton and the Albany City Area Reading Council.  4:30 – 6:30, more details to follow.

Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a Past President of the International Reading Association, former Director of Reading for Chicago Public Schools, and Principal Investigator for the National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Langauge Development. Dr. Shanahan is one of the lead authors for the McGraw-Hill Education Reading Wonders program. Follow Dr. Shanahan’s blog at  http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/   For more information about Reading Wonders visit http://www.mhreadingwonders.com

New Books for New Homes: Albany City Area Reading Council and Habitat for Humanity are partnering together for the 6th year to provide new books to Habitat’s new homeowners.  We provide children’s and adult books as well as books about home maintenance and DIY projects.  We will be collecting new books and contributions through our January event.

December 6th: Best Books of 2016 returns by popular request.  Hear which new books our esteemed panel thinks are the best!  We will celebrate our partnership with Habitat for Humanity on the New Books for New Homes project at this event.  Details to follow.

January, 2017: Digital Literacy in the Classroom presented by colleagues from area schools.  Hear how these classroom teachers, reading teachers, and librarian use technology.  Get ideas you can implement to get your students reading and writing.

March speaker event:  We are finalizing arrangements now – stay tuned!!

May event: We are finalizing plans for a event designed to include time to collaborate and share ideas with colleagues – stay tuned!!

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.

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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