|Author/publisher Tom Bailey speaks to NHS students at Plains Reading Council's 2011 Young Authors' Conference.
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2013-2014 Officers announced for PLAINS READING COUNCIL
President- Vickie Ryan
Vice-President- Tricia Adams
Secertary- LeNessa Coe
Membership Chair- Edna Brabham
Treasurer- Geri Murray
Library Liaison, Eve Kneeland
District 4 Director, Dr. Edna Brabham
Fall-Spring Calendar for 2013-2014 under construction.
Future events to be announced after summer officers meeting.
2012-2013 YAC Highlights
Morris Avenue Intermediate School in Opelika, Alabama was the site of PRC's annual Young Authors Conference. Fourth grade students held workshops with authors Tom Bailey of Seacoast Publishing Incorporated in Birmingham AL, and his editor, Carol Nunnelley. They provided insight into the writing process with brainstorming activities and writer's tips. Tom publishes the Alabama Roots series featuring biographies of famous Alabamians. It is his mission to make Alabama history come alive for young students in exploring the lives of Alabama's people. PRC purchased a set of the Roots series for Morris Avenue thanks to the generous donation of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities community outreach grants.
Previous Plains Events
2011-2012 was a transition year for PRC as our dear past president of three years, Lorie Johnson, had to leave us at the beginning of the year. PRC teamed up with Auburn Public Library to help host literacy events including a Young Authors Event with African-American Young Adult Romance author- Brittany Holmes. Brittany, a college student at the University of Georgia, shared her story of how she came to be a successful YA novelist during her teen years.
Annual book drive recipient: The new Loachapoka Community Library
Plains hosted a lively Young Authors Conference with author/publisher Tom Bailey at Notasulga with the help of Dadeville Kiwanis Club,the Auburn University College of Education, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Bailey generously gave each child a copy of one of his books and funds from the Center for the Arts and Humanities were used to supply classrooms with book sets from his ALABAMA ROOTS collection.
The annual Book Drive for local foster families collected new books for local foster kids.
Collection sites were: Old Navy in Tiger Town, Auburn High School, Dean Road Elementary and Richland Elementary schools.
Summer Leadership Retreat for officers June 7-8, 2012 (Embassy Suites, Montgomery)
Back-to-School Kickoff in September: TBA
Plains Hosted a Young Author's Conference
with award winning author and illustrator Neil Waldman
at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn.
2009 Young Author's Conference with Faye Gibbons
On Friday, March 6, Plains Reading Council hosted a
Coffee Hour with Faye Gibbons
at Richland Elementary School in Auburn.
More than 80 local teachers attended.
March 7, 2009 Plains hosted a
Young Author's Conference with Mrs. Gibbons at
Wrights Mill Road Elementary School.
Almost 100 children in second-through-sixth grades attended.