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2015-2016 Volunteer Workshops

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Ready Readers University presents the Reader Cafe!

Each month, three sessions (one morning, one afternoon, and one early evening) will be planned around targeted topics, identified by our readers.  We are utilizing a round-table concept of open-ended discussion, with a  moderator in place to lead, redirect, etc. as needed.  Watch for a sign-up genius email and join us if you can!

Reader Cafe:  Classroom Management

In January, the topic of classroom management was shared in our brand new, small-group format.  Readers came together and shared their questions, as well as strategies, in an effort to coordinate the most effective 30-minute story time possible.

To download a few tips and strategies shared at the classroom management Reader Cafe, CLICK HERE.

Reader Cafe:  A Bookie Exchange – Great Read-Alouds

In March, a handful of very talented storytellers came together to read to one another, and engage in authentic extension activities, based on the books shared!  Each participant created an activity sheet that can be utilized as a guide in planning.

To download these activity sheets, CLICK HERE.

Winter 2015 Workshop:  A Visit to the St. Louis County Library

We brought back our annual pilgrimage to the Headquarters Branch of the SLCL!  More than 40 of our enthusiastic volunteers joined Kelly Bono (youth services specialist) on February 10th to learn more about books that incorporate characters of color and opportunities for physical engagement.  In addition, we discovered ways to reserve books and took a tour of the children’s area.

Click below download the list of suggested books that SLCL prepared:

Storybooks featuring characters of color

Storybooks to get kids up and moving

Fall 2014 Workshop:  Bringing Gift Books to Life!

Almost 90 of our committed volunteers came out over a three-day period, and shared their ideas for activities and discussion prompts related to the six gift books for the upcoming program year!  After a brief presentation by Julia Auch, our Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, related to making connections, the attendees broke into small groups, developed a handful of amazing ideas, and presented them to their audience of volunteers. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic participation!

CLICK HERE to view the “Making Connections” handout that was provided.

Video of the event coming soon, stay tuned…

2013-2014 Volunteer Workshops

Fall 2013 Workshop:  Bringing Gift Books to Life!

Almost 90 of our amazing volunteers came out over a three-day period, and shared their ideas for activities and discussion prompts related to the six gift books for the upcoming school year!  After a brief oral reading presentation by Julia Auch, our early childhood literacy specialist, the volunteers broke into small groups, developed a handful of amazing ideas, and presented them to the anxious audience.  Thank you so much for your enthusiastic participation!

CLICK HERE to view the video-taped event.

Winter 2014 Workshop:  What Do You Think About Diversity?

On Tuesday, February 18th, 30 volunteers and staff members came together at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters to talk about a tough subject… diversity.  The presenter, Claire Droste from the Diversity Awareness Partnership, did a fabulous job moderating the dialogue.

The goal of DAP’s Diversity & Inclusion Training is to increase awareness, to educate, and to provide strategies needed to work successfully in a diverse workplace.

Changing demographics in American culture are requiring employees at all levels to gain new knowledge about diversity and inclusion in order to build more cohesive work teams and leverage differences to meet organizational missions and goals.

This is particularly important for volunteers, who often work directly with the increasingly diverse communities being served by the organization.

Click below to access the articles Claire shared with us:

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Micro-Inequities: 40 Years Later

Spring 2014 Workshop:  Tour of Newly Renovated Central Library

Patty Carleton, Director of Youth Services for the St. Louis Public Library, shared book recommendations and provided a tour of this amazing architectural landmark with 45 of our volunteers on Saturday, March 22.

CLICK HERE for her suggested reading list!

2012 Fall Workshop for Volunteer Readers

“Ready Readers: Culturally Competent”

Our fall workshop was led by Amy Hunter, YWCA Director of Racial Justice. Ms. Hunter shared ways to enhance our effectiveness as Ready Readers. Over 80 Ready Readers volunteer readers joined us for this very informative session.

Click links below to see all the great information presented at the workshop:

Article: “Climbing The White Escalator”

Culturally Competent Workshop Power Point Presentation

Culturally Competent Resources

Additional Resources

Great ideas from past Ready Readers Workshops!!!

Below are links to the great read-aloud books shared by St. Louis County Librarian, Kelly Bono, at our Ready Readers Volunteer Workshop last February.

25 Great Authors To Know

Great Rhyming Books

Preschool Math

Lisa Greening, Ready Readers Executive Director, shared ideas for enhancing the experience when reading aloud the 2011 – 2012 gift books, at the 2011 winter workshop: “How to Get the Most Out of the Book Giveaway Experience.” Books include : We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, The Little Engine That Could, The Neighborhood Sing-Along, Jamaica’s Find, Growing Vegetable Soup, and The Doorbell Rang.

Please click here to see all the great ideas presented at the workshop – includes fantastic reader suggestions as well!