Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy's Eyes

SPONSORED BY: ABDO Publishing and School Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET/12:00 - 1:00 PM PT
Ever help a guy find food in the refrigerator? In this fun and informative webinar, you'll discover how some everyday observations - like that time you maybe helped a guy find the mayo that was right in the front of the fridge - are really vital clues for thinking about getting boys to read in your library.
In addition to the fun, the serious side of the topic will be addressed, including why the gap between boys' and girls' reading levels is a major concern among health experts and educators, and why the vast majority of reluctant readers are boys. Attendees will learn some tips to promote and support genres that boys like, including comic books, graphic novels, sports, and nonfiction, as well as some ideas for creating reading role models and communities for boys grades K-12. If you want ways to get books in the hands of your guys - and take a different look at how we think about getting boys to read – this session will inspire you.
Panelists include author and education writer Richard Whitmire and graphic novels reviewer and librarian M. Brandon Robbins. The webcast will feature information on the March 2010 Center on Education Policy report on the reading gap for boys, a "Comic Books & Literacy" research compilation, a white paper called "Football Literacy" on how sports have a greater reach than ever among young boys, and related research and materials. 
Dan Verdick - Vice President of Marketing & Communications, ABDO Publishing
Richard Whitmire - Author, The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great School (The College Board)
M. Brandon Robbins - Reference Librarian and Teen Service Coordinator, Wayne County Public Library (NC)
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