Read­ing Coun­cil to host au­thor din­ner

Dorchester Star - - News - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­

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 quidas.ta­

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