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PLAINS READING COUNCIL (IRA Council # 01700 - chartered 01-01-1973)
Author/publisher Tom Bailey speaks to NHS students at Plains Reading Council's 2011 Young Authors' Conference.

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Who Are We?

Teachers, librarians, parents, students, and other members of the community interested in fostering a love of reading and supporting those who teach others to read and write.

What do we do?

Each year the Plains Reading Council donates books to children, sponsors a Young Authors Conference, introduces students in the community to authors and illustrators, and supports other literacy activities throughout the Auburn-Opelika and East Alabama area as well as the Alabama Reading Association and the International Reading Association.

What does it cost?

At only $10 a year members not only help their community, they meet new friends and colleagues!

2013-2014 Officers announced for PLAINS READING COUNCIL


President - Vickie Ryan
Vice-President - Tricia Adams
Secretary- LeNessa Coe
Membership Chair - Edna Brabham
Treasurer - Geri Murray

 Library Liaison - Eve Kneeland

 Program Chair - Victoria Cardullo

District 4 Director - Dr. Edna Brabham



Strategic Use of Award Winning Books Tuesday, December 3, 4:00 p.m.

PRC will host a round table discussion focusing on strategic reading of award winning books. Youth Services Librarian Eve Engle will present on award winning materials in the library.

Books for Babies Tuesday, February 25, 4:00 p.m.

Join us to make welcome packets for new born babies and their families. We'll be donating all materials to East Alabama Medical Center's Maternity Suite. Youth Services Librarian Eve Engle will present on best board books for babies. Book donations are welcome. For more information contact Vickie Ryan.

Writing Tool Kits for Teachers Tuesday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.

Join for a "make and take" session. We'll be making kits for the classroom to support student writing projects. For more information contact Vickie Ryan.

Future events to be announced after summer officers meeting.




Summer Leadership Meeting for Officers

June 27, 2014

9:00 - 3:30

Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill




Previous Plains Events


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. 



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.  







2011 Young Author's Conference withTom Bailey

2011 PRC hosted a Young Author's Conference

with author/publisher Tom Bailey at  Notasulga High School, Notasulga, AL.




2010 Young Author's Conference with Neil Waldman

February 2010 PRC 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.