Friday, November 4, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Books At the Buffalo - October 13, 2016

Books at the Buffalo!

Brought to you by the Starved Rock Reading Council

Best New & Notable Books for K-8 Readers & Writers

Join us for an evening of book talks, food, and drinks. Before the presentation, enjoy The Lone Buffalo's delicious food, served family style. Dinner includes salad, 2 entrees, and dessert. Non-alcoholic drinks included. Cash bar will be available.

After dinner, Noor Shammas and Jason Biggs will be presenting new and notable books for K-8 readers and writers. Clock hours available.
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Noor Shammas

Noor Shammas is a teacher in Oswego, IL where she has taught fourth grade for ten years. When she is not working with her students, she teaches graduate students at Judson University. She has earned a master's degree in instructional technology from Lewis University in 2009 and a second master's degree in literacy from Judson University in 2013. She co-created a school-wide, in-depth author study program in her school, and she has presented at local, state, and national conferences. Noor enjoys spending time reading so that she can share what she loves with students and colleagues.
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Jason Biggs

Jason Biggs is a fifth grade teacher in Hoffman Estates; he recently made the transition from fourth grade where he taught for three years. He has a Master's Degree in Literacy from Judson University and has a passion for reading that he imparts to his students each day. He has presented at both state and local conferences about a variety of topics related to literacy.

Books at the Buffalo

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 5-8pm

814 La Salle Street


Ottawa, IL

$30 for SRRC members
$40 for non-members
Clock hours available
5:00 - Registration
5:30 - Dinner
6:30 - Program

Register online by October 5, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Young Author Celebration 2016

Yes, it is time once again for our annual Young Author Celebration. This year, we will be hosting 3 amazing authors!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Help ILA and IRC help students in need

Read and Feed is a new initiative from International Literacy Association (ILA) (Formerly International Reading Association/IRA) dedicated to bringing literacy opportunities for students living in low-income situations. They have selected Louisiana and Illinois to launch the program, and IRC has taken point to ensure that the program is successful and reach students in need. IRC has partnered with the State Board and selected a target school as a pilot. More information will be coming soon, but YOU can help now!

First Book has signed on with ILA to provide 40,000 free books for the Read and Feed program if ILA can sign up 2,000 eligible educators/teachers in First Book Resources.

First Book Resources help to:
      Elevate the quality of literacy programs.
      Enrich the learning experience for children in need.
      Enable teachers to create new curricula.
      Impart a love of reading to children.

Schools eligible to receive First Book must have at least 70 percent of their enrolled children from low-income families and receive:
First Book marketplace which offers new books at 50 - 90% off retail prices.
First Book National Book Bank which offers free books (pay only for shipping)
Book grants through First Book's local advisory boards

Please help by accessing 

Friday, October 10, 2014

SRRC Fall Dinner

Wow! Is it really October already? I don't know about you, but those first few weeks of school have flown by! Maybe it is because we were all so excited about attending the annual IRC conference. As always, it was amazing and author stalkers left very satisfied! We also learned so much from experts and colleagues about every literacy topic under the sun.  Not enough time for you?  Never fear....Starved Rock Reading Council to the rescue!

We will be hosting an evening at Uptown Bar and Grill in LaSalle where you can learn about grant writing for travel abroad from our very own Amy Brewer. Join us to hear about her trip to New Zealand and how grant writing made it possible. The cost is only 22.00 for members and 26.00 for non-members and clock hours will be provided. Please join us!

You can register here:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Update!

Hello Everyone!

I am going to ignore the weather report that states we are expected to have snow next week and continue to enjoy this Spring weather!!!!!

I hope those of you who were able to attend the IRC conference last month enjoyed it! I personally got my in my "Author Stalker" mode again and had a blast helping in the autograph booth, meeting authors, hearing great speakers and teacher presenters, and getting that "reboot" I needed to finish out this school year strong. Just a few reminders, next year's IRC conference will be held in the fall of 2014. Housing registration will be open next month! Crazy, I know!!! But I love the idea that we will be able to learn new things to use throughout the next school year, and not have to worry about state testing conflicts. You can check out all the info HERE or at this link.

SRRC has had tons of fun with our Winter events. Bowling for books was so much fun we are looking into continuing the event and expanding it across the council map! On a personal note, only half of my turns where gutter balls. Next year I vote that adults get to use bumper rails as well! :-)

Our Dr. Seuss-a-Thons had great performances, guest readers, and record crowds! Thank you to all who volunteered, attended, or helped in any way!

Later this month will be our Annual Young Author Celebration. Around 400 Young Authors from the surrounding area will descend upon Grand Bear Lodge in Utica and hear our guest authors Marianne Malone and Jennifer Ward speak to them about writing.  Later that evening, Marianne and Jennifer will speak at our Annual Spring SRRC Meeting and Dinner. The dead line for school registration is NEXT FRIDAY and registration for the dinner meeting is Friday, April 25. We hope to see you or some of your Young Authors during the day or at dinner. More information can be found here or at this link.

Finally, we are looking to hear from you!! We have created a survey we'd love to have our members complete to help us plan for our future events. Those who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing to receive a $20 gift card to Teachers pay Teachers.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 18, to be entered in the drawing. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this!

Survey Link:

Stephanie Benson

SRRC President