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


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.

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Class Format
Recorded Online Session
Date Recorded Length
11/1/2017 1 hour
No Charge
Laureen Riedesel , Christine Walsh Mary Jo Ryan
CE Hours
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission