Enticing Children to Books, Reading, and Libraries

Being a reader is more than having the ability to decode words. It is the desire to read for fun and enjoyment — and the desire to become a lifelong reader, learner, and library user. If you are looking for ways to make your programs fun for you and your participants, then this is the workshop for you. Find out how to incorporate literacy skills into storytimes and leave children and their parents and caregivers with the desire to become lifelong readers, learners, and library users. During this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to methods, tricks, and tips to introduce books and recreational reading activities that work in the public library, classroom, media center, and at home.

Find out how you can help entice children to books and reading and turn reluctant readers into enthusiastic and excited readers. Fiore will introduce books and materials for children from through upper elementary grades. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create an age/grade appropriate presentation that they can take back to their library/classroom. Participants are sure to leave with lots of program ideas.

Carole D. Fiore holds a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University and an M.S. in Library Science from Drexel University. She has worked in both school and public libraries in Philadelphia and in various locations in Florida. In 2006, she retired from the State Library and Archives of Florida where she was a public library consultant and directed the award-winning Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP). After retiring from the State Library, she opened her own independent consulting firm, Training and Library Consulting, and has expanded her areas of consulting.

Under her direction, Florida was the first state to implement a statewide Born to Read program; she was also instrumental in initiating the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time® in Florida. She has served as a visiting instructor at the School of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, and has taught children’s literature at the College of Education, University of Tampa (Florida). Carole was a faculty member for the 1999 Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua.

Since opening Training and Library Consulting, Fiore has worked with public libraries and related organizations in Florida and across the nation. In addition to facilitating several long range planning processes, Fiore has worked with libraries to develop building programs and revamp, redesign, and revitalize existing facilities. Fiore has served as the project manager for a three-year federally funded research project based at Dominican University. Report of this research was published in 2010 along with several journal articles on this research project.

Fiore, active in local, state, and national library and youth-serving organizations, is a former member of the board of directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) and has served that organization as a member of numerous committees, including the 1986 Newbery Award Committee and the 1993 Caldecott Committee, first Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Committee, and was president of ALSC 2001-2002; Carole was chair of the 2012 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Committee. Carole has served on the Florida Starting Points Steering Committee and the Booklist Editorial Advisory Board and has contributed articles professional to journals such as School Library Journal, Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, and Wilson Library Bulletin. Carole is a “Serving the Underserved” trainer for the Young Adult Library Services Association and one of six nationally recognized trainers for the Public Library Association’s Planning for Results project.

She also consults for several publishers providing advice on publishing concerns and is a founding member of Partners in Literacy at WFSU in Tallahassee, FL. She frequently facilitates and leads workshops and lectures throughout the United States and in England on many aspects of public library service and family and emergent literacy. In her spare time, she enjoys gourmet cooking, traveling, needlework, and, of course, reading.

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