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School's not out for summer this year!  Registration is now open for the
Association for Library Service to Children's (ALSC) three engaging
online education courses, including: Reading Instruction and Children's
Books; The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future; and Sharing Poetry
with Children.  Courses begin July 20 and are taught asynchronously in
Moodle (, an online learning community.  For more
information, view the course descriptions below or visit the ALSC Web
site at:  Registration rates are $95 for personal
ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for non-members
per course.  Registration is open now through July 6, but space is
limited--register today!  Please forgive the cross posting.



The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future
eb/newbery.cfm>  - (6 weeks, July 20 - August 28, 2009)
This 6-week online course will give participants a solid grounding in
the history of the Medal and how it's changed over time; an opportunity
to read, discuss and consider past and present Newbery winners with
their colleagues from across the nation; a chance to talk to former
Newbery Committee members and a Newbery author, and suggestions for
programming using Newbery-winning books.  Instructor: Kathleen T.
Horning, Director, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of


Reading Instruction and Children's Books
eb/reading_instruction.cfm>  - (4 weeks, July 20- August 14, 2009)
This course will provide children's librarians with an understanding of
different methodologies for reading instruction, including sight words,
phonics, literate environment and pre- and post-reading activities.  The
course will then explore some of the ways that the grade-level of
reading materials are determined, including Lexile Levels,
Flesch-Kincaid Index and SMOG Readability Formula.  These procedures
will be applied to evaluate books, periodicals, websites and other
material that children need to read.  Finally, librarians will be
encouraged to develop strategies for explaining these grading formulae
to parents and to communicate more effectively with teachers as a result
of their understanding.  Instructor: Katherine (Kate) Todd, Adjunct
Instructor, Manhattanville (NY) College


Sharing Poetry with Children
eb/sharingpoetry.cfm>  - (4 weeks, July 20 - August 14, 2009)
So many of us feel inadequate when it comes to choosing and sharing
poetry with young people. We were turned off or intimidated in years
gone by. We're uncertain about what kinds of poems work best with kids.
No more! Take a look at the major poets, poetry books, and anthologies
of poetry for children (ages 5-12) being published today. In this class,
participants will focus on reading and reviewing the latest poetry for
kids, learning about poetry awards, exploring poetry on the Web, and
trying interactive and participatory approaches for sharing poetry with
children.  Instructor: Sylvia M. Vardell, Professor, Texas Woman's



Jenny Najduch

Marketing Specialist, Membership

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

A division of the American Library Association


50 E. Huron 

Chicago, IL 60611

phone: (312) 280-4026

fax: (312) 280-5271


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