Tucson Area Reading Council Officers


Mission Statement: The Tucson Area Reading Council will promote and enhance literacy for learners of all ages.

Goals: To promote professional growth for practitioners in the field of literacy. To Create, sponsor and/or support innovative literacy projects and programs. To serve the diverse needs of our community. To support lifelong learning.



President:                            Bob Wortman wortman@email.arizona.edu


Vice President:                    Elisa Cruikshank listed@yahoo.com

Past President:                    Gudrun Godare ggodare@aol.com

Recording Secretary:           Lily Cummins cumminslily@yahoo.com

Corresponding Secretary:    Marney Wilmers marneyjw@cox.net

Treasurer:                             Gudrun Godare  ggodare@aol.com

Membership                          Kristin Meza krismayn@yahoo.com



Tucson Area Reading Council Committees


Celebrate Literacy: Elisa Cruikshank

Communication: Gudrun Godare, Lily Cummins, Elisa Cruikshank, Kristin Meza

Reach out and Read: Marilyn Ludwig

Teachers as Readers: Marney Wilmers, Lily Cummins

International Project: Deborah Dimmett

Books for Tots and Teens: Bob Wortman


Little Free Library: Cindy Smith, Kristin Meza

Advocacy: Gudrun Godare


Tucson Area Reading Council (TARC) Newsletter 2016 – 2017
Download Fall Edition


Renew your membership in the Tucson Area Reading Council. Your $30.00 membership includes membership in the Arizona Reading Association, discounts on all council and state events, and a subscription to the Arizona Reading Journal. See page 16 for a membership application or contact Kristin Meza at krismayn@yahoo.com for more information. 

Tucson Area Reading Council Calendar of Events 2016-2017

tarcevents@gmail.com

Event Registration Forms available in the TARC Newsletter


September 7, 2016

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m.

Beyond Bread

3026 N. Campbell Avenue

Tucson

For more information see page 10 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net 


​September 8, 2016

International Literacy Day 2016

The Sky’s The Limit

Sponsored by the World Literacy Foundation www.worldliteracyfoundation.org and the International Literacy Association www.literacyworldwide.org (download ILA’s free activity kit – Spotlight on Jamaica) 


September 10, 2016

TARC’s Welcome Back Event

Culture Kits and Story Boxes: Investigating International Literature featuring Dr. Kathy Short.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

World of Words 

Room 453 

U of A College of Education 

For more information see page 8 of the TARC Newsletter. (Download Registration Form)

September 17, 2016

Teachers as Readers – Children’s Literature Group

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Cheesecake Factory (at Tucson Mall) 60 W. Wetmore

For more information, see page 11 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Lily Cummins at cumminslily@yahoo.com

October 5, 2016

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m.

Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson. 

For more information see page 10 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net

October 9-15, 2016

Teen Read Week: Read for the Fun of It.

For information and activity suggestions contace www.teenreadweek.ning.com

October 17

Last day to register for Mining for Craft Using Mentor Texts a half-day workshop featuring Dr. Joyce Jamerson

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Borton Magnet Elementary School

700 E. 22nd Street, Tucson

For more information contact Bob Wortman wortman@u.arizona.edu

To register after the deadline – ggudrun@aol.com

October 20, 2016

National Day on Writing – Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English

For more Information – www.ncte.org/dayonwriting

October 22, 2016

Mining for Craft Using Mentor Texts a half-day workshop featuring Dr. Joyce Jamerson

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Borton Magnet Elementary School, 700 E. 22nd Street

Contact Bob Wortman – wortman@u.arizona.edu

October 26, 2016

REMINDER - The pre-institute registration discount for the Arizona Reading Association’s fall Institute featuring Jane Feber ends today. Download the registration form from the Arizona Reading Association’s website, and mail or FAX the form to Ollie Archambault. For more information see page 15 of the TARC Newsletter or contact the registration chair, Ollie Archambault www.araconference.institute@gmail.com.

October 27, 2016

Read for the Record – The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach is the book to read today.

Help break the record. 

For more information – www.jstart.org

November 2, 2016
Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m. Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson

For more information see page 10 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net

November 5, 2016 

Writing Across the Curriculum – Arizona Reading Association’s Fall Institute featuring Jane Feber

EVIT Center, Mesa, Arizona

 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m

For more information see page 15 of the TARC Newsletter. (Download Registration Form)

 www.arizonareadingassociation.org or contact Joyce Jamerson - joycejamerson@aol.com

November 17-20, 2016

Faces of Advocacy–National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention

Atlanta,Georgia

Formore information – www.ncte.org

November 19, 2016
Teachers as Readers – Children’s Literature Group. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Cheesecake Factory (at Tucson Mall) 60 W. Wetmore. For more information, see page 11 or contact Lily Cummins at cumminslily@yahoo.com

December 7, 2016 

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m.

Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson

For more information see page 10 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net

January 4, 2017 

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m. Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson

For more information see page 10 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net

January 12, 2017

Deadline to submit nominations for the ILA Celebrate Literacy Award. See page 5 for more information or contact Elisa Cruikshank lisied@yahoo.com


January 21, 2017

Teachers as Readers – Children’s Literature Group

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Cheesecake Factory (at Tucson Mall) 60 W. Wetmore

For more information see page 11 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Lily Cummins at cumminslily@yahoo.com

February 8, 2016

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m

Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson

For more information see page 10 or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net


February 11, 2017
Full-day Workshop with Ruth Culham

"The Secret Sauce of Teaching Writing"

1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85745
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Download Registration Form

March 1, 2017

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m. Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson

For more information see page 10 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net

March 2, 2017

Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Day

Sponsored by the National Education Association

For more information www.nea.org

March 9, 2017

Worlds of Words Mini-Conference featuring authors and illustrators coming to the Tucson Festival of Books

4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

University of Arizona, College of Education, Room 453

Watch for more information on the Worlds of Words website – www.wowlit.org


March 10-11, 2017

9th Annual Tucson Festival of Books

University of Arizona

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. both days.

Over 400 author sessions, a special strand for teachers (earn ADE recertification credit) and more.

Check out this outstanding event at www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

See page 14 of the TARC Newsletter for a preview of authors and illustrators appearing in the Children’s and Teen area.

If you want to be a volunteer in this area of the festival, contact Gudrun Godare – ggodare@aol.com

March 30, 2017

Celebrate Literacy Awards Celebration


April 2 2017

International Children’s Book Day

Annual event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, an international non-profit organization.

Founded in 1967, the day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2.

Activities include writing competitions, announcements of book awards and events with authors of children’s literature.

For more information – www.ibby.org

April 5 , 2017

Teachers as Readers – Young Adult Literature Group

5:30 p.m. Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson

For more information see page 10 of the TAR Newsletter or contact Marney Welmers at marneyjw@cox.net

April 8, 2017
Teachers as Readers – Children’s Literature Group

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Cheesecake Factory (at Tucson Mall) 60 W. Wetmore.

For more information, see page 11 of the TARC Newsletter or contact Lily Cummins at cumminslily@yahoo.com

April 18, 2017

60 Books in 90 Minutes

4:15 – 6:00 p.m.

Make Way for Books, 700 N. Stone

See page 11 of the TARC Newsletter for details or contact Gudrun Godare ggodare@aol.com

July 15-17, 2017
International Literacy Association’s 62 Annual Conference 

Orlando, Florida

For more information – www.ILA.org 

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