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Wednesday, 12/31/1969

Wednesday, 12/31/1969

The children of the rich and powerful are increasingly well suited to earning wealth and power themselves. That’s a problem

Wednesday, 12/31/1969

With a graduation rate of 72 percent, Oregon's class of 2014 saw an improvement over the previous year, which made headlines for being the lowest of any state.

Thursday, 07/02/2015

How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement

Students from low-income households are more likely to struggle with engagement—for seven reasons.

Poverty is an uncomfortable word. I'm often asked, "What should I expect from kids from low-income households?" Typically, teachers are unsure what to do differently.

Wednesday, 06/10/2015

Gentle, patient canines are the stars of Dallas Library’s Read to the Dog program

Wednesday, 03/11/2015

DALLAS – The Dallas School District found what it wanted in its next superintendent in Colorado.

Michelle Johnstone, currently the superintendent of Brush School District in Brush, Colo., was offered and has accepted the job as Dallas’ new superintendent starting July 1.


Friday, 01/23/2015

Comedian Woody Allen is often quoted as saying that 80% of success is showing up. When it comes to school attendance, he has a valid point. Attendance is one of the most reliable indicators of students’ academic performance through school. 

Monday, 01/19/2015

 Annual screen-free week followed up with night of fun and slumber at library  

Friday, 12/12/2014

The children’s room at the Salem Public Library’s main building opened Friday and is operating with normal business hours. The area has been under renovation since September.


Sunday, 12/07/2014

The holidays are fast approaching, and what better gift is there than the gift of reading? Come check out the many new and wonderful titles we have in our picture book collection. The following books are some of my latest favorites.


Thursday, 11/13/2014

November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children.

Monday, 11/03/2014

One of the great appeals of books is their ability to take you away from “here” to explore the vistas of time and space. Each of these recent books offers an interesting journey.

Monday, 10/20/2014

It is Oregon Battle of the Books season again. 

Wednesday, 10/01/2014

Modeling reading for children in the digital age has many of the same components as modeling reading for children in any age. Relationship is key. I am answering based on the needs of a baby, a 5-year-old and older children, too.

Tuesday, 06/10/2014

Three ways to improve early childhood systems and improve equity.

Thursday, 04/24/2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Annie E. Casey Foundation Launches Community Change Webinar Series
Register for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's new webinar series on community change.

Thursday, 04/24/2014

Department of Education Releases New Parent and Community Engagement Framework

Wednesday, 03/26/2014



As a child grows, reading becomes increasingly important for understanding the world and achieving academic success. The foundation for reading reaches a critical point between kindergarten and third grade. That’s when students begin to acquire the skills that enable them to find meaning in written text. One of United Way’s education focus areas prioritizes the development of strong reading skills by the end of third grade — a phase when parents, formal/informal caregivers and volunteer readers can make a real difference.

Reading and helping children to engage in storytelling is a fun and easy way for a volunteer to
support literacy development. Here are a few tips for reading with children:


  • Practice ABC songs and poems together.

  • Be expressive. Add Sounds. Make the snake hiss and the door creak.

  • Sing, rap or chant the words and invite your reading buddy to join in.


  • Ask “what do you think happens next?” and “why did they do that?”

  • Let the child follow along with finger and turn the pages.


  • Offer specific praise, such as “good job sounding that word out!”

  • Give kids time to figure out word and encourage them along the way.

Be a SMART volunteer                              Sign up to become a volunteer reader

Thursday, 12/26/2013
myON Books extended through January 2014

Monday, 11/18/2013

Born Learning

Tuesday, 09/17/2013

"The 25 Fun Ways to Encourage Reading" is designed to make the activity of reading a pleasurable experience for all children, whether or not they struggle with learning. Learn More, click here!


Monday, 09/09/2013

Is your school using the new Common Core standards? This is a big change for students — and their parents. Get to know what the four main areas of the Common Core reading standards mean and simple things you can do at home to help your child build skills in these areas.

Tuesday, 09/03/2013

Why Poor Students' College Plans 'Melt' Over The Summer


Tuesday, 09/03/2013

City of Jefferson Community Library updates

Tuesday, 09/03/2013

College Enrollment Declines, Census Bureau Reports

Monday, 08/12/2013

Updates from the Stayton Public Library

New Cultural Pass at the Stayton Public Library
The Library now has The Portland Aquarium Cultural Pass available for check-out. Our cultural passes check out for three days so you and your family can visit the Aquarium. Find out more at the Stayton Library, 503.769.3313 or stop in.

Friday, 08/09/2013


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Academic achievement gap is narrowing, new national data show

By , Published: June 27

The nation’s 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are posting better scores in math and reading tests than their counterparts did 40 years ago, and the achievement gap between white students and those of color still persists but is narrowing, according to new federal government data released Thursday.

The scores, collected regularly since the 1970s from federal tests administered to public and private school students age 9, 13, and 17, paint a picture of steady student achievement that contradicts the popular notion that U.S. educational progress has stalled.

“When you break out the data over the long term and ask who is improving, the answer is . . . everyone,” said Kati Haycock,

Thursday, 08/01/2013

Print Latest Reading for All! Report 2013

Monday, 07/29/2013

“What book are you reading?”

This question can bridge gulfs between people who never guessed they’d have something in common. It can turn routine business into a personal encounter.

This summer, it has made partners of two very different people: Anna Peterson, Salem mayor and community activist, and 17-year-old Jazmin Cruz, a teen whose dreams are undaunted by tough circumstances.

Peterson, for the record, loves books that fuel her travel dreams. Cruz favors fantasy and romance. Together they’re reaching out, from city hall to Cherriots buses, to celebrate reading and get readers talking.

Tuesday, 07/23/2013

Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

Profound transformations have reshaped the higher-education landscape in roughly 50-year intervals. During the early 19th century, the colonial colleges were joined by several hundred more religiously founded institutions. The mid-19th century saw the rise of public colleges, culminating in the Morrill Act of 1862.

Tuesday, 07/23/2013

Keizer Heritage Center to host interactive talk on literacy

Dr. Morris Pike, children’s author and retired university theater professor who doubles as the reading pirate Captain Book, will be speaking at the Keizer Heritage Center about the importance of getting books into the hands and homes of young children.

Tuesday, 07/02/2013

Scholastic and Reading for All! want every child to learn to read and become a lifelong learner.




Wednesday, 06/26/2013

Summer reading is vital

Summer and reading have gone hand in hand for me for as long as I can remember.  As children, my sister and I regularly walked with our mother to our local Multnomah County Public Library branch in North Portland.

Wednesday, 06/05/2013

For immediate release:  June 5, 2013

Contact:          Alison S. Kelley, MarionCounty Community Services

                        Department Director, 503-588-7975 or akelley@co.marion.or.us


Summer of Reading in Marion County

Salem, OR - As we approach summer vacation, Reading for All is promoting the “Summer of Reading” as a way to raise awareness among parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the importance of summer reading.   Why do kids need to read over the summer? It is simple. If kids don’t read, they will find themselves going down the “Summer Slide”– this is not the playground slide, but rather the loss of reading and learning skills that occur during the long break from school.  The single most effective way to combat the “summer slide” is to read.

Saturday, 06/01/2013

Thursday, 05/30/2013

Marion County "Summer of Reading Proclamation"

Because, Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade curriculum. Most students who fail to reach this critical milestone falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.

Tuesday, 05/28/2013

Stop, Drop and Read! is a statewide reading event to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2012.

Wednesday, 05/15/2013

An ongoing challenge is the decline in reading skills over the summer months.  It is estimated that children forget as much as twenty-two percent (22%) of the lessons they learned in the classroom over the summer vacation.  This has been termed the “Summer Slide”. 

In an effort to reverse the Summer Slide, parents and relatives can be involved by visiting and taking children to the local library regularly, registering youth for summer reading and other activity programs, and asking youth to journal about their summer experiences.  These activities can help youth avoid that “summer slide” by practicing the skills gained during the school year. Visit your local public library at Marion County Libraries.

Here is more information about the importance of summer reading.....

Thursday, 04/25/2013

The city of Aumsville has begun planning for its Summer Reading Camp Program, which will run every Monday for 10 weeks during the summer. In addition to having crafts and games, the children will be read to and receive a free book each week.

Thursday, 04/11/2013

Weddle Elementary Parents and Community Resource &Literacy Fair

The Parents and Community Resource & Literacy Fair on April 11, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m will target parents and community members in the Weddle neighboring areas that need support on literacy and educational success.

Monday, 04/08/2013
Oregon State University(OSU) would like to invite students and their families from the Salem area to “Si Se Puede” on April 8th, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at McKay High School.

Thursday, 03/14/2013

"2013 Spring Break Lunch and Books"

Marion Polk Food Share, Reading for All, Salem Keizer Education Foundation, Sodexo and several school districts, and community organizations will be distributing free lunches and books in over 45 sites across Marion and Polk Counties.

See a List of site near you. Print flier

Monday, 03/04/2013

Find a Little Free Library in your community!

Monday, 02/25/2013

On February 21, 2013, State Representative Betty Komp visited the WillametteFamilyMedicalCenter

Saturday, 01/26/2013

“The Best Christmas Book Ever”

By C.M. O’Connor 

My family has always loved Christmas books. At the beginning of December, my mother would bring out two big boxes that contained all of our holiday books and my mother was forced to read them aloud over and over. Our favorite Christmas books have always been one of the ways my family comes together at Christmas, but one more than any other.

Friday, 01/25/2013

I Love My Library

The Stayton Public Library wants to know why you love your library?

During February, please come in to see our extensive bookmark display and choose your free button. Write down your reason for loving the library and enter for a chance to win gift cards to the Stayton Friends of the Library Book Store. Wear your button and help spread the word about your library.

Tuesday, 01/08/2013


How Reading Has Changed my Life

As an emerging author, most people approach me and say, “How awesome!  What inspired you to write a novel?” My first answer is “Because I love to read.”


Tuesday, 12/11/2012

The simple act of reading by Lisa Miller  Holiday Book Drive 2012

Monday, 12/03/2012

Little Free Libraries application process is now closed.

Wednesday, 11/14/2012

Access to books plays a big role in a child's reading habits
By Eugenia Sotelo

It has been well established that access to books is an important factor at whether children will read or not. Research clearly has showed that those children who have more access to books read more than those who often lack the opportunity of accessibility to books (Krashen, 2007).

Friday, 11/09/2012
National Novel Writing Month @ the Stayton Public Library
What is NanoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30. 


Friday, 10/26/2012

Promoting Literacy in the Northern Willamette Valley

With the support of our partner organizations and 4,815
dedicated volunteers, Reading for All  has distributed over 168,000 new and gently used books in the last three years.  

Wednesday, 10/24/2012

New Spanish DVD now available.

Monday, 10/22/2012

With determination, anyone can write

By Carolyne O'Connor

How does a pilot become a writer? My sister went to a great aeronautical university, taught computer accuracy as coordinator in one of the top-winning national flight teams, and, in general, made Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun look like a softie. So, when we were sitting in a coffee shop a year and half ago, I was a bit surprised when she suddenly announced she wanted to become a writer.

Carolyne O’Connor is an Americorp Intern with the Marion County Health Department and a Reading for All Volunteer.  You can reach Ms. O'Coonor by email at mcarolyn.oconnor@gmail.com.

Saturday, 09/22/2012

Yamhill County Reading for All held it third annual National Literacy Month Celebration, "Curious? Read!" on September 22, 2012 in Sheridan. 

Thursday, 09/06/2012

Monday, 08/27/2012

Search Institute resource for families

Brough to you by ParentFurther  

The months of August and September are a whirlwind of activity for families with children and teens who are going back to school. A new school year brings new routines, which can require many layers of preparation—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We’ve collected some of our most-requested back to school resources to help you make a seamless transition into the new school year—and beyond.

Thursday, 08/23/2012

Friday, 07/06/2012

Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

Watch the video: http://vimeo.com/28314194

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency and address the developmental and academic targets that children need to reach to be successful.


Monday, 05/21/2012

OCF Reading for All! Initiative Year One Report.

Tuesday, 04/03/2012

In an effort to inform parent of activities they can do with their children to help build strong pre-literacy skills, Yamhill County Reading for All!, in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the McMinnville Public Library, produced this DVD titled 'Growing Readers: Helping Your Child Get Ready to Read.'  This DVD was made possible with the support of local families and community members who generously lent their time and expertise to help raise early literacy awareness.

Friday, 01/13/2012

Officials estimate 23,000 books — and counting — have been donated during this year's Reading For All Holiday Book Drive......


Sunday, 12/18/2011

"Reading Inspirations Found in Many Genres"

When I was a child, I was so excited to start school. I remember asking over and over:
"When can I go to school?"

I had several older sisters and was very envious of them because they got to bring books home from school to practice reading, which fascinated me...

Tuesday, 05/31/2011

Lauren Dungy

Lauren Dungy is an early childhood education specialist, a bestselling author, and mother of seven children.
Read more about Lauren Dungy

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Love Reading


Some kids are born readers.  Some aren't.  But, all children can grow to at least like reading if you use some, or all, of these 10 approaches:

1. Embrace technology.  Okay, there is something wonderful about seeing your child curled up with a book rather than some electronic device.  But, an e-reader might entice your reluctant reader to actually sit down and get started.  Plus, there are so many free books out there, including great classics, that your child might actually read more if given the chance to explore what's available.

2. Create a reading hide-out or a cozy spot for your readers. Lure your children into reading by coming up with a spot for reading only; a spot so enchanting or fun, they'll want to read just to be able to enter!  It doesn't have to be anything fancy—drape some blankets over chairs and make a tent.  Fill it with fluffy pillows and a stack of books.  Put a bowl of candy inside with a note that reads: "For every chapter read, please eat one of these." Also, leave a copy of iMOM's book chart and our reading reward chart in their reading corners so they can track their progress.

3. Hook 'em, then reel them in.  One mom I heard about does this to get her kids to read on their own:  She'll start reading aloud and then excuse herself to cook dinner.  The kids are already so interested in the story that they'll take the book themselves and read, to see what happens next.

4. Make the library an adventure.  Gather up the kids and head to the library.  Get them their own library card.  Let them check out on their own.  Tell them they need to check out at least five books.  When you leave, head to a yogurt shop or a park.  Pull out one of the books and dive right into it, reading aloud while they eat their snack or lie on the grass.

5. Start a family reading night or book club.  Make your book club night special and fun.  Snuggle in your bed with the kids or sit by the fire.  Have a chart in their rooms where they can check off the chapters they read so they can be prepared for the next book club night.  

6. Read to reluctant readers.  Even if your child can read on his own, keep reading to him.  This will allow you to gauge what interests him and holds his attention.  It will also allow you to read books that might be too difficult for him, but he still enjoys the story.

7. It's the words that matter. Yes, you want your kids to read quality material, but there's nothing wrong with letting them read magazines, the sports section of the newspaper or other "non-book" material.

8. Be a reading cheerleader.  Kids model our behavior, mom.  Let them see you reading.  Talk about what you're reading.  One mom I know, while reading War and Peace, had fun with her kids by showing them how big the book was.  They became interested in her progress and would ask her what page she was on.  It also gave her the chance to introduce them to a great writer and share bits and pieces of world history.

9. Don't make reading a punishment.  If you have a non-reader, it can be very tempting to use reading as a discipline tool.  "If you hit your sister again, you're going to have to read for 20 minutes!"  But, this will only make your non-reader dread opening a book even more.

10. Find their love.  What is your child interested in?  What captivates them or keeps their attention?  Try different genres—adventure, non-fiction, biographies—until you hit upon the one that will make your child want to read. 

Here are iMOM's reading lists:

Awesome books for boys

Awesome books for girls

Books for tweens

Books for teens

Read the book, watch the movie!


Read more about Lauren Dungy

Thursday, 04/28/2011

Students who don't read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers, according to a new study commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report, Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation, confirms the link between third grade scores and high school graduation and breaks down the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.

* Download the full report

Monday, 04/11/2011

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Judge Cynthia Easterday donates books through one of 14 new collection bins in Yamhill County.

Friday, 04/08/2011


Audrey Schabel, 8, picks out a free book at Grow Into Reading. / Denise Ruttan | The Stayton Mail

Stayton's Friends of the Family organized the annual Grow Into Reading early literacy evening, held this year on April 8 at Foothills Church in Stayton.

A variety of family-friendly activities, many of them hands-on and ranging from bingo to balloon animals to crafts, were designed to get children excited about reading at any age. Children also got to take home free books.

Friends of the Family collaborated with Reading For All, Santiam YMCA, Mom's Club of Stayton, Head Start, Stayton Library Foundation, Stayton Elementary School, Stayton Police Department, All Star Preschool, Foothills Church and Stayton Awanas to make the event a success.

— The Stayton Mail