Annual Read to Me Meeting set for March 1 – 2, 2011 in Boise

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For the past 13 years, the Read to Me program has sponsored an annual training meeting. This year the meeting is designed to build the capacity of libraries to provide information on the six early literacy skills to Idaho families through outreach and at the library.  Here’s an overview of the meeting content:

On Monday, February 28 we’ll be hosting two optional “preconference” learning opportunities from 1 – 5 p.m.

Six Skills overview and Read to Me 101: Tamra Hawley-House, Youth Services Librarian at Boise Public Library, will lead this session for those who are new to the six early literacy skills or for those who want a refresher. ICfL Read to Me coordinators will also provide an introduction to the Read to Me outreach opportunities. To register for this session, go to   Bilingual Storytimes / Services: Anna Rosa Trelles from the Jerome School District has conducted bilingual family workshops and is an expert in bilingual instruction. She will lead this session and Read to Me project coordinator Erica Compton will facilitate sharing what libraries are doing to promote bilingual storytimes and services. To register for this session, go to Tuesday, March 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The morning will start with Boise State University Education Professor and Read to Me Researcher Dr. Roger Stewart discussing reading research and libraries. He’ll go over what the research is telling us and what we can do with that information. He’ll also share results from recent Read to Me research studies. Lunch is provided. During the afternoon, national early literacy consultant Saroj Ghoting will share information on how to do parent asides and there will be time to work on storytime templates.

Wednesday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.:  Wednesday will focus on outreach models. Librarians who have started successful outreach efforts will share their secrets for success. Read to Me coordinators will talk about new pilot programs you might want to participate in. Lunch will be provided and we’ll hear from a panel of partners. After lunch we’ll continue to talk about working with partners and sharing ideas that help reach more Idaho families.

To register for the March 1-2 meeting, go to  Please register by February 9. Library staff traveling more than 45 miles one way to the meeting will be reimbursed. For more information on the travel reimbursement, please see
    If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Stephanie Bailey-White at ICfL,   

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