Developing and Nurturing a School-Wide Culture of Reading
Do you have passion for reading and books but struggle to get your school community to embrace the importance of a reading culture? Are you looking for new ways to spread “book love” beyond the four walls of your library or classroom? Do you feel like you’re fighting the battle all by yourself? Join Melissa Thom as she shares effective strategies to help jump over these hurdles and cultivate a dynamic reading culture at your school. Research indicates that children who develop a love of reading will grow into lifelong readers. Without a proactive and deliberate approach, opportunities to help students strengthen this habit may be lost. And while structured curricular objectives and assessment requirements are not going away, solutions exist—both small scale and large scale—to help individuals and school leaders facilitate, develop, and nurture an impactful culture of reading for both students and staff. 


During this webinar participants will learn:

  • Tangible & practical ways to develop a school-wide culture of reading tailored to meet the needs of your unique learning environment
  • Strategies to engage and empower all members of your school community—both students and staff members—to be active participants in a culture of reading
  • How to expand the definition of what constitutes “reading” to include e-books, audiobooks, and nontraditional literature in both school and classroom libraries
  • Tips for building and sustaining a high quality, high interest book collection on a budget

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, OverDrive Education!

SLC is pleased to offer 1 hour of professional development credit for all qualified webinar participants*! 

Melissa Thom, MA, is a teacher librarian at Bristow Middle School in West Hartford, CT. She earned a master’s in elementary education from Northern Arizona University and a master’s in educational psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented development from the University of Connecticut. She spent twelve years teaching grades 4-6 as a classroom teacher, and three years ago, she earned her library media specialist certification from the ARCLMS program. She serves as vice president of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians and her most recent publication was "NGSS Maker Challenges," an article in the June 2018 issue of School Library Journal.



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