The Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association and the University of Scranton's Panuska College of Professional Studies are proud to sponsor Think Like a Writer! on Saturday, March 25th.
Please join KID LIT, INK! authors and illustrators Kim Briggs, Jan Cheripko, Clara Gillow Clark, Lindsay Barrett George, Linda Oatman High, Alison Green Myers, and Patricia Thomas for a workshop designed to help teachers enrich their students' writing.
Session topics include Playing with Words, Understanding the Creation of Character, and Discovering the Whole Book.
NPRA is honored to be able to partner with the University of Scranton in offering educators and college students the opportunity to attend this workshop with these award-winning authors and illustrators.
Information about the workshop, a list of authors' books that will be available for purchase, and a registration form are available on our Calendar of Events page. Please feel free to share this information with colleagues and friends. This workshop is appropriate for teachers of elementary through high school students.
I look forward to seeing you on March 25th. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.
NPRA PRESENTS TWO CELEBRATE LITERACY AWARDS The Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association (NPRA) recently celebrated 50 years with a banquet and program at the Hilton Conference and Convention Center in Scranton. Over seventy members and guests enjoyed the evening. President Donna Salva was the MC for the evening. After giving some background and history of the organization, Donna welcomed them to enjoy a delicious served dinner. Following dinner, local children’s authors Jan Chierpko, Lindsey Barrett George, Gayle Krause, Alison Green-Myers, and Patricia Thomas entertained the group with a skit about writing which included songs and a power point which all enjoyed. Member Joan Lengel then introduced the first of two Celebrate Literacy Awards which were a surprise to the recipients. Joan introduced the first recipient as being raised on a small farm in western Pennsylvania and attended a one-room school and now lives in Carbondale. She has authored many children’s books which include Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I’m Going to Sneeze. Her picture books range in style from nonsense verse to evocative poetry. With her books and programs she leads children to a discovery of the joy of reading, the adventure of books, the power of their own creativity and the pure, unadulterated magic of words. In Words, Words, Words, she explains that words are the basic building blocks of that marvelous, magical commodity known as story. Her writing workshops include To Be or Not To Be: The What If? Question. She poses such questions such as what if an elephant sneezed? She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. In total surprise and humble shock, Patricia received a lovely framed certificate, flowers, and a standing ovation. Elizabeth Dessoye then introduced the second Celebrate Literacy recipient beginning with the fact that she doesn’t know how any one person can do all of the things that the recipient does. She belongs to many organizations which promote library literacy. She is also a member of the Eastern Star, St. David’s Society and Kiwanis. She serves on the auxiliary of GCMC, Lackawanna County Blind Association and the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She volunteers with the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, CONCERN for kids and Heartland Hospice. In addition to serving the community in so many ways, she has served as the Director of the Taylor Community Library for thirty-six years. She serves on the Lecture Committee and is co-chair of the annual Staff Development Day for the Lackawanna County Library System. At this point, Jeanie Sluck realized that she was the recipient and was also humbled by the announcement and the award and said, “for once I am speechless.” Both ladies have given so much time, talent and energy to the Northeast Pennsylvania Reading Association and as a result were chosen as the Celebrate Literacy Award recipients for 2016. The award, given annually through the International Literacy Association, recognizes individuals for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy. NPRA is a professional organization serving Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties devoted to the improvement of all aspects of reading. It provides extensive professional development opportunities and family programs on a variety of topics at different locations throughout the area including schools, libraries, colleges, and universities.
PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right are Jeanie Sluck, librarian at the Taylor Library, and children’s author Patricia Thomas. The two were awarded the annual Celebrate Literacy Awards by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association (NPRA) at the 50th anniversary banquet of the association. The award is given to individuals who have given distinctive service in the promotion of literacy.
Several changes have been made to the Professional Development Calendar. PLEASE check out our Calendar of Events page and download the updated calendar for the most up-to-date information. In the event of inclement weather, cancellations will be posted on here as well as on the Facebook page.
Reading Time at the Mall Saturday, August 20, 2016 Viewmont Mall - Center Court
10:00 Patrick O’Malley – Lackawanna Co. Commissioner 10:15 Paul Keeler – Magistrate Judge 10:30 Sarah Marie Thomas – WVIA and Mrs. Mid Valley International 10:45 Liz Smith – Yoga Instructor 11:00 Sid Michaels Kavulich – State Representative 11:15 Bryan Baylee - Froggy 101 11:30 Patrick DeSarno - Scranton FD Chief 11:45 Lindsay Barrett George – Local Children’s Author 12:00 Tracey Doherty Williams 12:15 Mark Hiller – WBRE Anchor 12:30 David Caufield - WBRE Meteorologist & Reporter 12:45 Phil Condron – Scranton Police Department 1:00 Peggy Lee – WNEP 1:15 Mr. John Blake - Senator 1:30 Joe Flesher – Scranton Police Department
10am - 2pm COME READ TO THE CERTIFIED READING THERAPY DOGS!!! (Little children can tell stories even if they cannot read).
Throughout the day visitors such as Tux, Champ, the Nittany Lion, and the Red Robin will be joining us.
PLEASE visit the Dickson City location of Five Below between August 20-27th and help NPRA raise money to support local literacy programs for the children of NEPA! Just print this coupon and bring it along with you when you check out. 10% of your total will go to us and we TRULY appreciate it! Print as many as you can and share with family and friends!!
Joan Lengel received KSRA's Service Award today at the conclusion of the KSRA Leadership Conference. She was nominated and awarded this honor as a result of years of hard work and dedication to the "Posters, Prayers, and Placecards" that she provides to KSRA and the Conferences. Congratulations, Joan!
Print your coupon from the Calendar of Events page and bring it with you to do your Back to School shopping! NPRA receives 10% of your purchase price to help fund our great literacy programs such as Babies and Books, Reading Time at the Mall, and more!