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UVU’s Forum On Engaged Reading Fosters Love Of Reading And Honors Schools And Educators

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September 18, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

Utah Valley University will host the Forum of Engaged Reading Conference, “For The Love of Reading,” Sept. 19-20 at The Chateaux Resort in Deer Valley, UT. The forum is about sharing the best in books, educational practices and innovative ideas for changing lives. Teaching reading is paramount in the goals of education, but since fostering a love for reading is not a curricular objective, not tested by any state nor in any district plan and not a component of any federal legislation, America faces a 21st century tragedy of alliteracy. The Forum on Engaged Reading hopes to make a difference in the lives of readers everywhere.

In addition to various workshops and keynote speakers, this year the forum will honor a librarian from a public library that works to promote reading with teens and children. Nominees were evaluated on their innovative approaches to professional practice, programming or teaching and learning. Creativity, leadership and service were also considered.

This year’s recipient is Liesl Johnson, early literacy and children’s services manager at Salt Lake Public Library. Johnson began her library career at the Robbins Children’s Library, which began her 22-year love affair with library work. She has worked as a junior page, assistant and children’s librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library. She began an outreach story time that now reaches 70 Title 1 pre-kindergarten and Head Start classes every month, and she also developed parent workshops based on the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum that assists Salt Lake City parents in preparing their children for kindergarten.

The forum will present the Innovative Reading Program grant award recipients and a special Literacy Champion award. “These awards support the spirit of the conference, honoring those who dedicate their energies, resources and careers to creating passionate readers from a very young age,” said Lesli Baker, conference committee member and UVU Library assistant director. An anonymous donor made the Reading Program grants possible. The following are UVU grant recipients: Thunder Ridge PTA Super Bowl Reading Program, Thunder Ridge Elementary, Saratoga Springs, $1,000; Michelle Nielson, Vineyard Elementary, Orem, $500; Morgan Elementary, Second Grade, Morgan, $500.

“For the Love of Reading” features nationally recognized authors, illustrators and speakers. This year’s keynote speakers include Sara Pennypacker, a New York Times best-selling author of 17 children’s books, including the Clementine series; Marla Frazee, a Caldecott Honors recipient for “All the World,” by Liz Garton Scanlon, and for “A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever,” which Frazee wrote; Jim Murphy, a Newbery Honor and Sibert Award-winning author of 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children and young adults; and Loreen Leedy, who has written and illustrated more than 35 picture books. Jan Pinborough, author of children’s  book “Miss Moore Thought Otherwise” will be the keynote speaker at the awards dinner on Sept.19.

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