Best-selling author offers workshop about encouraging...

READING DIGEST

April 15, 2001

Best-selling author offers workshop about encouraging readers

ANNAPOLIS - Jim Trelease, author of the best seller "The Read-Aloud Handbook," will present a free program geared to parents and teachers at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis.

Trelease's topic will be "Reading Aloud: Motivating Children to Make Books into Friends, not Enemies." He will address parental concerns in areas including reading in bed, reading comic books, using commercial phonics programs and watching television.

The Anne Arundel County Public Library is sponsoring the workshop, with funding through a partnership with the Local Management Board of Anne Arundel County and the Maryland Office of Children, Youth and Families. Information: 410-222-7371.

Parents, educators invited to disability conference

OWINGS MILLS - Jemicy School will sponsor a conference Saturday, "The Dyslexic Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together," that is intended to provide practical advice for parents and professionals about helping and supporting children with learning disabilities.

Cindi Hodges, an educational consultant with the Ennis William Cosby Foundation, and Susan P. Leviton, director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Law School, are scheduled to speak. Information: Barbara Wolf, 410-356-7656.

Author Lynne Cherry visits Triadelphia Ridge school

ELLICOTT CITY - Noted children's book author Lynne Cherry, whose work often focuses on environmental themes, recently visited Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School for presentations and workshops in an event sponsored by the school's PTA.

Cherry, whose works include "The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest" and "The Armadillo from Amarillo," also visited the site of a tree-planting project in Lisbon.

Pupils' book reports vie for prizes in mall display

COLUMBIA - Middle school pupils who wrote book reports as part of the recent fourth annual Howard County Middle School Reading Celebration got more than a gold star for their efforts: Their work was displayed at The Mall in Columbia for people to view and vote on.

Top winners in the contest, as determined by ballots cast at a Reading Celebration Booth at the mall, were: Sara Trapnell, a sixth-grader at Dunloggin Middle School; Alice Chan, a sixth-grader at Owen Brown Middle School; Sara Jawed, seventh-grader at Wilde Lake Middle School; Evan McCall, a seventh-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School; Kathleen Littleton, an eighth-grader at Lime Kiln Middle School; and Katie Bernard, an eighth-grader at Dunloggin.

Old Mill Middle pupils `cross' America by reading

MILLERSVILLE - Pupils really did "Read Across America" at Old Mill Middle School-South in Millersville.

Children read 3,000 books last month - approximately one for each mile between Millersville and Los Angeles. The idea built on the theme of the nationwide "Read Across America Day" on March 2 that celebrates the anniversary of the birth of author Dr. Seuss.

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