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Summer Reading 501: Helping Generation App Read This Summer

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Summer Reading

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jane Lofton, Teacher Librarian
Sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources

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As we release our K-12ers for the summer, are we adequately psyching Generation App up for…wait for it…READING? Oh sure, there’s a list. You know the list, right? The summer reading list? Is this really the most effective way to promote independent reading for Generation Next? Is it the most effective way to improve reading skills? Research indicates that attention spans are waning for learners of all ages. In this session, facilitators highlight strategies to engage school-aged learners with summer reading. This webinar will benefit librarians.

michelle luhtala About the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala is the Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut and was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow her on Twitter @mluhtala.


Jane Lofton
Jane Lofton, Teacher Librarian now “in the wild,” retired in June 2017 from her position at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, CA, and was honored with the Senior Class’s annual Sandacre Teacher of the Year award that same month. After years of sharing her passion for reading, writing, research and information literacy skills, digital citizenship, and technology with students, she continues to share that passion with other teachers and librarians through social media, her blog, and presentations. She is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer.

She is a past president of California School Library Association and was installed as an honorary member in February 2017. She has served on the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee (2013-2016), and is now Social Media Superstars Recognitions Task Force Chair, 2017 Conference Social Media Chair, and a member of the Social Media Editorial Board.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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