Dr. Spencer G. Shaw, professor emeritus at the University of Washington Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will be the keynote speaker at a READING IS FUNDAMENTAL program at the Salt Lake Library, April 16, 10 a.m. to noon.
Following the lecture, parents and educators are invited to participate in workshops titled "Growing Up Reading." The library was selected as one of the six sites in the country to conduct the program.Shaw, a nationally recognized educator, librarian and storyteller, has lectured and written widely on the ways to motivate young people to read. His presentation of "Sharing Literature Together Is an Adventure!" will be followed by afternoon workshops "talk and take home" programs directed to those who want to instill in youngsters a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Topics will vary from TV that motivates reading, how busy parents can help readers and enrichment for bilingual readers.
"We are honored to be selected as one of the national sites for a RIF workshop," said Colleen McLaughlin of the Salt Lake City Library System. "It allows the library to collaborate with experts in reading; those people who work daily with children and understand their needs. It also recognizes Utah as a place where parents, teachers and librarians are concerned about getting young people to read."
Free books will be available through sponsorship of RIF, Friends of the Library and a grant from the General Electric Foundation. While the workshop is free, pre-registration is required. For more information call 363-5733 ext. 245.