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Burton, Corinne O., Teacher Librarian


YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY

Every year for the last four years, yourschoollibrary.org hosts an international online event that focuses on themes related to the school library. This year, from May 25 to June 10, the theme is Reading: 2010. Sessions will be archived so registrants have access to the recorded event after those dates. Keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, linguist, and educational researcher. The ten sub-themes include reading research, Boys and books, integrating fiction across the curriculum, promoting reading through graphic novels, reading to advance social justice, writing for children, and more. The event will be facilitated by Sandra Lee, the librarian at University Canada West, and information literacy pioneer James Henri. To register and pay the registration fee, visit www.yourschoollibrary.org. For more information, email join.ysl@gmail.com.

A CALL TO ACTION: TREASURE MOUNTAIN CANADA

Treasure Mountain Canada is a participatory experience designed to aggregate and highlight relevant Canadian research and scholarly discussion on the role school libraries could play in educational reform and transformation. It is also a think tank to define the role of the school library in elementary and secondary education in Canada. Presenters and organizers include Carol Koechlin, a library program consultant; Liz Kerr, a school library advocate and education director or Ontario Library Association; Ruth Hall, president of the Ontario School Library Association, and Linda Shantz-Keresztes president of the Calgary Association of School Librarians, among others. Cost: $100.00 per participant (includes symposium, meals/breaks, copy of printed papers). Register at www.accessola.com/tmc.

ETHIOPIA READS!

When as a children's librarian at San Francisco Public Library, Yohannes Gebregeorgis, a native Ethiopian, could not find books for the library's Ethiopian visitors, he decided to do something about it. Gebregeorgis decided to publish his own books and also create an organization that would connect Ethiopian children with hooks. The result is Ethiopia Reads, which works with people around the world who share the organization's dream of connecting children in Ethiopia with books about their own culture and in their own language. Most recently, Gebregeorigis was the keynote speaker at the American Library Association's President's Program on January 17, 2010 during the Midwinter Meetings. To volunteer with the organization, email volunteers@ethiopiareads. …

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