Voracious Readers Read Again

  • Thursday, November 09, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1BsH6Z1dTmanKZ4wFZuxWg

Program Description:

Join Teacher Librarian Jean Kilker to learn about her Voracious Readers program model and how to facilitate a similar program at your library! Through the Voracious Readers program, teen students read titles set in different countries, joined virtual discussions, and then came to the library to watch movies based on the books, discuss the differences, and sample food from the countries featured. The program is customizable in many ways and can be adapted to different reading levels, age groups, and genres. Participants will also learn how to utilize the Arizona Humanities grants that funded this program from Samantha Anderson, Senior Grants Manager, and Julianne Cheng, Programs Manager! 


Jean Kilker has been a teacher of many subjects and grade levels from elementary to college courses. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature, M.Ed. in Educational Technology and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. She is the Teacher Librarian at Maryvale High School and Chair of the Teacher Librarian Division of the Arizona Library Association. Publications have included Knowledge Quest of the American Association of School Librarians, The Arizona English Teachers Journal and authoring reading guides in children's books through the publisher Monsters, Inc. She has been awarded grants from the American Library Association, Arizona Humanities Council and Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. She has been the Teacher Librarian of the Year for Arizona.

Samantha Anderson is the Senior Grants Manager at Arizona Humanities. She is responsible for grants management, advocacy, capacity building, training, recordkeeping, and reports. She is the staff liaison to the board grants committee. Management of grants includes oversight of project grants, mini grants, and special grants (CARES and ARP). She is also responsible for designated special programs such as the MoMs Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. The Smithsonian has invited Samantha to national training in D.C. to share her program management expertise with other councils. An Arizona native Samantha is passionate about creating a sense of place and community within Arizona’s diverse communities. Samantha received her B.A. in Art History from Arizona State University, and her M.A. in Anthropology, New Mexico State University, with specialization in Archaeology and Museum Studies.

Julianne Cheng is the Programs Manager at Arizona Humanities, where she develops and manages public programs, oversees program partnerships and collaborations, and conducts educational advocacy and outreach. She assists with the development of program marketing materials and social media campaigns. Prior to joining Arizona Humanities, she was the Senior Coordinator of the Writing Center at Arizona State University – Downtown Phoenix. As a graduate student, Julianne was a curatorial research fellow at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Samothrace, Greece, and was the Archive Manager for the Samothrace Excavations Archive. Julianne received her B.A. in History and Art History from UCLA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History with a focus in Greek art and archaeology from Emory University.

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