Chartered in 1990, the Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council promotes a love of reading through school and community activities.  Members are provided with opportunities for professional growth through council programs and the annual literacy institute sponsored by the Arizona Reading Association

Membership is open to literacy advocates – teachers, librarians, reading specialists, authors, illustrators, administrators, parents – anyone who believes a child should be a lifelong reader.

Membership dues help support:
- GPVRC professional development seminars

- Teachers as Readers discussion groups
- Community service projects: ” Book-a-licious” and “Africa Library Project;" ”Kids Need to Read project”
- Networking with literacy professionals at events and on FB 
- Advocacy and legislation that affects literacy
- Celebrate Literacy Award recognizing organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local

  council or state level. Past council award winners: Rotary Club Dictionary Program; Elinor Lemon (founding GPVRC member); Eileen Baughman  

  (Gardner’ Book Service); Janet Napolitano ( former AZ Governor)

Do you know individuals who have shown exemplary accomplishments as teachers, organizers of literacy programs, producers of literacy material,     or supporters of literacy activities?  Nominate them for the Celebrate Literacy Award.  It is a great opportunity to acknowledge individuals and    

organizations that promote literacy in Arizona.


President: Julie Berlin BellaJP@aol.com
Vice President: Barbara Gowan bgowan54@cox.net
Secretary: Debra LaPlante  mdlaplante@cox.net
Treasurer: Sigrid Kuster  dgkuster@msn.com
Membership: Sigrid Kuster  dgkuster@msn.com

Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council Calendar of Events 2017 - 2018

Paradise Valley United School District Office, 15002 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix
3:30-4:00 pm networking, 4:00-6:00 pm meeting
Free to GPVRC members, $5 for guests

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 
Celebrate International Literacy Day with Books and Food at
Postino Kierland                 
7030 E. Greenway                                                                      
4:00 – 6:00pm
We have reserved a table upstairs.  

Your ticket to the event: Bring a children’s book written, illustrated or published by an author from another country.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017   
Teaching with Primary Sources
Experience the highlights of the weeklong Teacher Institute at the Library of Congress.  Discover the benefits of engaging your students with primary sources by developing instructional strategies to connect with, examine and analyze photographs, documents and maps. Learn how to use primary sources as a catalyst for inquiry and critical thinking in your social studies and STEM lessons. Explore how to enhance picture books with primary sources. Barbara Gowan

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017   
ARA 2017 Fall Institute:  Content and Conventions
with Jeff Anderson and Rebecca Harper
at EVIT Center, Mesa
This is an Arizona Reading Association annual event.
Register at www.arizonareadingassociation.org

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017   
Rootin’ Tootin’ Round Up of Books and BBQ                
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018              
60 Books in 90 Minutes : Best Children’s Books of the Year
Gudrun Godare and Lisa Morris-Wilkey

Thursday, April 19, 2018  
Those Were the Days – Looking Back on the History of ILA and GPVRC