Seasons of Reading: Reading, libraries and learning

  • Seasons of Reading (New Berlin)
    December 12, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Seasons of Reading (Hartford)
    December 13, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 pm
New Berlin Public Library
1515 Library Lane, New Berlin 53151 (map)


Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Jack Russell Memorial Library
100 Park Avenue, Hartford  531027 (map)


For library staffs only

Connecting children with books helps foster their innate curiosity. Learn how you can transform your library’s summer reading program into a learning program that can help stimulate children’s desire to read, learn, discover and create. Please bring your favorite picture book with you to the workshop. 


Learning Outcomes: Participants will leave with…

  • A knowledge of what STEM and STEAM are and why it’s important for libraries
  • A better understanding of summer slide, the achievement gap, and 21st century learning skills
  • Tips for re-positioning summer reading into reading and learning and expand it year-round
  • Examples for how you can provide easy, affordable activities that will stimulate kids’ interests
  • Ways to evaluate and assess your library programs
  • Ideas for how you can collaborate and partner with organizations in your own community


Presenters: Wisconsin native Elizabeth McChesney is the Director of System Wide Children’s Services & Family Engagement for Chicago Public Library. She has gained national recognition for her redesigning of summer reading to include 21st century skills and for working with libraries of all sizes across the country. Bryan W. Wunar is Director of Community Initiatives at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He leads the museum’s efforts to engage youth, families, and communities in science learning experiences. Elizabeth and Bryan are co-authors of Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count.


This program is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin public library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and Monarch Library System.



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