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June 5, 2017 – August 31, 2017

Summer Smart Reading Challenge

Join the free Summer Smart Reading Challenge open to all students entering grades K-12. Designed in partnership between Mass Literacy and the technology startup Readocity, the program helps children become lifelong lovers of reading. The challenge runs from June 5 to August 31. Parents and educators can sign up now.

Using the Readocity app, students can set reading goals, track their progress, and discover award-winning book recommendations. Educators can upload their own summer reading lists and access their classroom’s reading data to help plan for the next school year.

Be named the official Summer Smart Reading Champion in the Boston Herald!
Both the school and the individual student that logs the most reading hours will be named Summer Smart Reading Champions and be featured in the Boston Herald. All students who meet their goals will be listed in the Boston Herald as Summer Reading Stars.

Start: June 5, 2017
End: August 31, 2017

May 27, 2017

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie Storytime

Join Barnes & Noble Prudential Center as they read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance — the Cool Cat Boogie! The storytime will be held on May 27 from 11 am to 11:30 am. Activities to follow. Learn more here. 

Start: May 27, 2017 11:00 am
End: May 27, 2017 11:30 am
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States

May 23, 2017

Deep Water with Katherine Nichols Book Signing

Join author Katherine Nichols for a signing and discussion of Deep Water, her exciting new non-fiction book for teens and adults at Barnes & Noble Prudential Center on May 23 from 6-7 pm. Following the true story of 17-year-old Eddie Otero, Deep Water chronicles the journeys of a group of teens trafficking drugs between Mexico and California, in this start to the brand-new ‘Simon True’ series. Learn more here. 

Start: May 23, 2017 6:00 pm
End: May 23, 2017 7:00 pm
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States

May 12, 2017

MCAE NETWORK 2017 Conference

Join the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education for another inspiring conference featuring high quality workshops that give you the tools you need to shine in the classroom! It will be held on Friday, May 12 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA.

There’s something new every year, no matter what you teach or what your role is at your program.

  • Network with more than 500 of your colleagues
  • Learn from experts in more than 50 workshop sessions
  • Celebrate with award winners who are leaders in the field of ABE
  • Meet with exhibitors to preview exciting new products and materials

Workshops include:

  • ESOL
  • HiSET
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Developmental Education
  • Technology
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Counseling and Advising
  • Workplace Education
  • Workforce Development
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Curriculum Development
  • Public Policy
  • Resource Development and much more!
Date: May 12, 2017
Venue: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
Phone: (508) 460-0700
181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA, 01752, United States

May 4, 2017

Fitchburg Flourishes Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit

Fitchburg Public School District Superintendent, Andre Ravenelle, is hosting an Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 10 am to 12 pm at Fitchburg High School. With an invitation open to the entire community, this event will unveil Superintendent Ravenelle’s citywide English and Spanish early reading initiative, Fitchburg Flourishes, which uses smartphones, tablets, and computers. Together with members of the Fitchburg Public Schools School Committee, Superintendent Ravenelle will challenge the Fitchburg community to read 3,000,000 words by September 1, 2017.

“Many preschool students in the city do not have access to a reading and vocabulary program that accelerates their vocabulary development for school readiness,” Superintendent Ravenelle said. “The whole goal of Fitchburg Flourishes is to get all students kindergarten ready and reading proficiently before third grade regardless of their economic background.”

This transformative literacy effort supports the Massachusetts statewide initiative on early grade (preK-2) literacy learning. Through this initiative, all Fitchburg families—whether they are enrolled in the Fitchburg Public Schools or not—will have free access to the award-winning Footsteps2Brilliance Early Literacy App in English and Spanish.

Footsteps2Brilliance provides a comprehensive curriculum of over 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs, and games that are fun for children and easy for parents to access on any smartphone, tablet, or computer with or without an Internet connection.

Research shows that more than 80 percent of parents own smartphones or mobile devices.  In partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance, Fitchburg Public Schools is giving families, schools, and the community the high-quality educational tools they need to accelerate early learning and literacy using the devices they already own.

Start: May 4, 2017 10:00 am
End: May 4, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue: Fitchburg HIgh School
140 Arn-How Farm Rd, Fitchburg, MA, 01420, United States

April 28, 2017

MassSaves 9th Annual Summit

The 9th annual MassSaves Summit will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. The Summit is an opportunity for teachers, financial educators and supporters from all backgrounds to network, share and learn. It will focus on building and safeguarding your financial future. Learn more and register here. 
Date: April 28, 2017
Venue: Worcester State University
486 Chandler St - Student Center - The Blue Lounge, Worcester, MA, 01602 , United States

April 22, 2017

We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime

Laurie Berkner’s chart-topping, beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book! Enjoy a storytime at Barnes & Noble Prudential Center on April 22 from 11 am to 11:30 am. Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Don’t miss out!

Start: April 22, 2017 11:00 am
End: April 22, 2017 11:30 am
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States

April 15, 2017

Boston Marathon: History by the Mile

Come meet local author Paul C. Clerici at Barnes & Noble Prudential Center as he signs copies of his popular book, Boston Marathon: History by the Mile on April 15 from 1 pm to 2 pm. The award-winning writer takes readers through the colorful 26.2-mile journey – mile by mile, town by town, story by story. With his unique experience and knowledge – he has run the Boston Marathon 23 times and has covered it for 30 years – Clerici brings the great race to life.

Start: April 15, 2017 1:00 pm
End: April 15, 2017 2:00 pm
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States

Too Many Carrots Storytime

When Rabbit collects too many carrots, which leave him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to share their homes. Will Rabbit make his way back? Join Barnes & Noble Prudential Center on April 15 from 11 am to 12 pm to find out at this special springtime storytime featuring Too Many Carrots. Activities and coloring to follow. Learn more here. 

Start: April 15, 2017 11:00 am
End: April 15, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States
Cost: Free

April 11, 2017

National Library Workers Day 2017

Tuesday, April 11 is National Library Workers Day. It’s a day to recognize the valuable contributions that library workers make in our lives. Nominate a Library Star here.  #NLWD17



Date: April 11, 2017
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