2023 Fall RAN Workshop

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Seward Memorial Library

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Advance and Online registration – $35

Must be postmarked or submitted by October 29. Please mail a check or pay by credit card via PayPal. No PayPal account is needed.

Onsite registration – $40

Registrations received after October 29 will not include lunch.

Keynote Speakers:

The String Beans – Live!

The String Beans, Nebraska’s most popular children’s music band, have entertained families since 2004 with catchy tunes, clever lyrics and onstage antics. Curt Bright, Randy Bright, and Daniel Christian will share their experiences writing songs and performing for the child in each of us. After all, singing is really just reading aloud stories that rhyme and are set to music. The band will perform a few songs live, answer your questions, test your knowledge of Nebraska trivia, and maybe even give out stickers!

Steven L. Layne – via Zoom

In Defense of Read-Aloud

Author and University Scholar Dr. Steven Layne is passionate about reading aloud to kids of all ages. In this energizing keynote address, he provides teachers
and librarians with strong research-based rationale for reading aloud throughout the grades as well as providing information on maximizing instruction. Guaranteed: loads of practical information and a lot of laughter.

Maria Walther – via Zoom

Ramp Up Your Read Alouds: Connect, Converse, and Extend

Join Maria for an inspiring virtual learning session designed for librarians, teachers, and caregivers. Peek into the inner workings of an interactive read aloud. Discover a consistent read-aloud structure that will increase engagement, joy, and language comprehension. Leave with kid-friendly ideas and a list of recently-published picture books that your readers will love!



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