Libraries Rock!

Every summer, libraries all across Utah participate in the Summer Reading Program. Libraries Rock! is the 2018 theme for all ages.  

             

In addition, Utah State Library and my529 (formerly Utah Educational Savings Plan) have partnered to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians of children, who participate in their local library’s summer reading program, for a $1,000 my529 scholarship.

“Book Your Summer” runs from May 15 – August 15. Go to bookyoursummer.com for more information.

Along with the summer reading program, public librarians support the literacy efforts of school librarians by encouraging lifelong reading by providing access to books, eBooks, audiobooks, internet, computers and literacy based programming.  

Student participation in the summer reading program can prevent summer reading loss and offers advantages for struggling and/or reluctant readers.

  • Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative. Non-readers don’t “catch up” in fall because readers are moving ahead with their skills.
  • Reading for pleasure, whether it be books, graphic novels or magazines, builds children’s confidence as learners and enhances their formal education.

Contact your local public library for more information about its summer reading program and “Book Your Summer.”  By working together, school and public libraries can help close the summer reading loss gap.

Utah State Library is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

For more information contact:

Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator

Utah State Library

801-715-6742

sdeeds@utah.gov   

 

UELMA Live!

Thanks to everyone who made the UELMA Conference a hit! We had record attendance and the feedback has very positive! Attendees can access all the session information in the members section here with the password provided in a previous email. Need help? Use the Contact form.

Be sure to mark your calendars now for next year so you don’t miss the fun! March 8 2019!

UELMA Conference 2018 Keynote Speakers

 

We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the

UELMA March 9, 2018 Conference!

 
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Shannon McClintock Miller
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Craig Seasholes

Shannon is THE Future Ready Librarian guru. She is an author, teacher librarian, international speaker and consultant, the 2016 ISTE Make It Happen Recipient, and a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalist. This past February, Shannon was named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians. Read about Shannon in this School Library Journal article and check out her blog, The Library Voice . Shannon will be joining us via Skype.  Craig is an elementary teacher-librarian in Seattle, Washington. He has been president of the Washington Library Media Association several times as well as an AASL director for the Pacific Northwest (Region 8). He blogs at Booksmansbytes and is active @craigseasholes on Twitter.

 

We are fortunate that Craig will be the “Sage on the Stage” with Shannon during the keynote.

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UELMA Board Members with Shannon and Craig at AASL

Erin Summerill at UELMA!

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family finally settled down in Utah. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she’s busy chasing after her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens.

 

Pamela S Turner at UELMA!

womanI was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl “PAMELA.” When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red glow on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside—a rather hot part of Southern California. I was forced to sweat through many books, and not just because I was worried about the hero.
The first thing I can remember wanting to be is a children’s author. I also loved animals. We had a dog and a big outdoor cage full of doves. My good friend, Jenny, lived on a dairy farm and it was critter heaven for me. We would jump her horses bareback over bales of hay and ride for miles in the hills.

Continue reading here……

 

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Jean Reagan at UELMA!

 

womanJean Reagan is a picture book author from Salt Lake City. Her “HOW TO” series, which started with HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA and HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA (illustrated by Lee Wildish), regularly makes the New York Times Bestseller and the Indie Bestseller lists.

The Christmas book, HOW TO CATCH SANTA, was a #1 NYTimes Bestseller.  Her most recent books are HOW TO RAISE A MOM and HOW TO GET YOUR TEACHER READY.

Jean’s first picture book, ALWAYS MY BROTHER (illustrated by Phyllis Pollema-Cahill), was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.   Her Grandma book won the Beehive Book Award.

Each summer she and her husband serve as wilderness volunteers in Grand Teton National Park, living without water or electricity.  To learn more about Jean, her books, or her summer “gig,” visit www.jeanreagan.com

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