Reading Council to host author dinner
EASTON — The Mid-Shore Reading Council is hosting a dinner featuring a presentation by children’s author Jerry Pallotta, open to everyone.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, at The Milestone in Easton. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The buffet-style dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by Pallotta’s presentation and a book-signing.
The cost is $20 for members of the Mid-Shore Reading Council or the State of Maryland International Reading Council, and $25 for non-members.
Tammy Quidas, president of the MSRC and a first grade teacher at Greensboro Elementary School, said the aim of the dinner is to jumpstart membership in the reading council, whose mission is to increase literacy in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties.
Educators can join the MSRC for $30. Retired educators, instructional aides and students can join for $15.
Quidas said the reading council helped pass out more than 2,000 free books at Summerfest in Denton in August, and is looking for similar events in Dorchester and Talbot counties to do the same.
The reading council hosts the local Young Authors contest, for students in grades second through 12th, and sends the winners’ entries to the state competition.
In Caroline County, the reading council participates in Read for the Shore, in which members go to Saint Martin’s House and teach parents how to read and do activities with their children. Quidas said the reading council would like to expand that program into Talbot and Dorchester counties as well.
MSRC members also get a discounted price to attend the state organization’s annual reading conference in April, Quidas said.
Pallotta is best known for his series of themed alphabet books and “Who Would Win?” series. He visited Greensboro and Ridgely elementary schools in May to speak to students, which Quidas said the students loved.
For more information or to pre-register for the dinner, email Quidas at firstname.lastname@example.org.