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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


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