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Do you wish that you could attract more readers and promote the sheer joy of reading good books? Do you want to learn more about how to take advantage of the reading programs offered in most provinces? Do you want to enhance your current practices and learn how others run their reading programs?   Join us at the Nova Scotia Provincial Library on November 9th for an audio conference on “Making Reading Programs Fly: 30 Ideas in 60 Minutes” with Sya Van Geest and Liz Kerr.

The Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading workshop, so called because each program is named after a tree, considers the various age-specific programs including the prepared organizational structures, support materials and proven track record of engaging thousands of children across the province. It is focused on ways and means that you and your students can be part of the excitement. 

Handouts will include sets of computer slides designed to present the program to students, parents, staff and School Council, (the latter an important source for funding support), as well as sample letters home, celebration ideas, and the extensive OLA supports on-line. 

The Benefits 
Learn how to take advantage of the OLA Forest of Reading programs to get students to read 
Receive field-tested, practical support materials ready for use for all aspects of the program 
Learn how to adapt the reading programs and materials to your school setting 
Trouble-shoot the weaknesses you find in your program. 

Who Should Participate? 
Anyone who is running a reading program and is looking for ideas on getting better results. Emphasis will be on helping participants overcome obstacles that they are experiencing in running their programs. 

Key Topics
Ways to organize and run an effective program 
Strategies to hook the children and engage their families and classroom teachers 
Ways to personalize the implementation, starting in small ways 
Emphasis is on elementary school age students with reference to high school programs 

Sya Van Geest and Liz Kerr 
Sya and Liz are both experienced teachers who have worked with literacy and the development of Ontario's reading programs. Both have been President of the Ontario School Library Association where their work has left a significant mark on the progress of school librarians in this province. Both are winners of OLA distinguished service awards and bring their special vitality to this discussion. 

Developed for the Education Institute by the Ontario Library Association. 

Time: Thursday, November 9th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. AST
Place: Conference Room, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt Road, Halifax
Format: One hour audio conference
This session is free; parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at 424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.  

We respectfully request that you refrain from wearing any scented products, including perfume, hair spray, cologne, deodorant, etc. and we thank you for your cooperation.