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NCompass Live: Letters About Literature: Read. Be Inspired. Write Back. - Online 


Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading and writing promotion program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives. This session will provide helpful hints for encouraging student writing and reading in the classroom, school library, and public library. The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book (Nebraskaís sponsors of the Letters About Literature competition) recently awarded grants (funded by Humanities Nebraska) to five schools and public libraries to host pilot Letter Writing Clinics for students in their area. The clinics introduced students to the Letters About Literature contest and letter writing techniques. Students got ideas for selecting books and learned how to craft letters that can be submitted to the Letters About Literature contest. We will share lessons learned from these activities at this session.

Nearly 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in this yearís Letters About Literature initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love of reading in the nationís youth and to engage and nurture their passion for literature. The Letters About Literature national competition is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliated state centers, state libraries, and other organizations.

Research shows that students benefit most from literacy instruction when they are engaged in reading and writing activities that are relevant to their daily experiences. In addition, research supports the link between reading and writing: children who read write better; children who write read more. Letters About Literature provides this type of reading-writing experience and challenges students to identify a personal connection with the books they read. This year, more than 2,200 educators from 1,440 schools used Letters About Literature in their classrooms so come out to this presentation to find out how you can too!

Presenters: Mary Jo Ryan - Communications Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission; Laureen Riedesel - Director, Beatrice Public Library, and Nebraska Letters About Literature Coordinator; Christine Walsh - Assistant Library Director, Kearney Public Library, and Nebraska Center for the Book Vice President.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am - 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A - Nebraska - Lincoln.

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Class Format
Date Time
11/1/2017 10am - 11am  (Central Time)
No Charge
Mary Jo Ryan
CE Hours
Capacity Available Seats
1000 997
Registration Starts Registration Ends
10/16/2017 10/30/2017
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission
Registration Closed