SPECIAL MEDIA/LITERACY EVENTS
Savannah Children’s Book Festival - Saturday, November 15th, 2016
Hosted each year by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the festival takes place in the beautiful Forsyth park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is all about encouraging reading in children, the importance of the written word, and the magic of storytelling. The event is completely free and open to the public, and will also include arts and crafts, an International Tent, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, food and entertainment, as well as a book walk among the trees for families to read together from one page to the next throughout the park.
Georgia Student Media Festival
The purpose of the festival is to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production. This is accomplished by providing an opportunity for students to show their work to an interested audience, to have their work critiqued by a panel of expert judges, and to be stimulated by the work of other students.
K-12 festival activities progress through three successive levels: building, system, and state. Entries must be evaluated at each level and receive a superior rating in order to proceed to the next level.
Suggested school-level judging by March 1, 2017
Registration for SCCPSS judging - March 8, 2017
SCCPSS Festival Judging - March 15, 2017 (SAA Performance Hall)
State Festival - April 28, 2017 (in Hinesville, GA)
Live Action Video, Animation, Podcast, Sequential Stills, & Webpage
Georgia Children’s Book Award Program
The Georgia Children’s Book Award was established in 1968 by Dr. Sheldon Root, Professor of the Department of Language Education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The award program will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018!
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
Several years ago, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to find a way to use the nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage her students to read. She therefore created a unique reading competition in game format, called the Reading Bowl, using the award nominees. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.
Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The winning teams from the Divisional Bowls meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. For more information about the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl and how to get involved, click here.
Banned Books Week - September 26 - October 1, 2016
Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Contact ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) with questions.
Teen Read Week - October 9 -15, 2016
Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure. Reading is free, fun, and can be done anywhere. Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce. Also, it’s a great chance to let school and public library communities know how important teen services are. Let teens know the possibilities that exist within the library’s doors and inside the covers of books.
Savannah Book Festival - February 16-19, 2017
The Savannah Book Festival is an annual world-class literary event that brings dozens of popular and critically-acclaimed authors and thousands of readers together in historic Savannah, Georgia. It is free and open to the public.
Southern Regional Press Institute - Savannah State University - February 23-24, 2017
The Southern Regional Press Institute, now in its 66th year, is a two-day mass media conference primarily for college students from the Southeast; however, a few workshops are also provided for high school, middle and elementary school students who are involved in student media. Professionals from some of the nation's best newspapers, magazines, public relations and broadcasting groups, along with educators, train students in all areas of mass communications, focusing on contemporary issues, including ethics, innovations in media, new media, entrepreneurship, and more.
They have a video and a photography competition, with awards, excellent workshops and speakers, and a luncheon. The cost is $45/ student for 2 days. A few scholarships may be available.
National Library Week - April 9-15, 2017
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic and special -- participate. Future National Library Week dates are on the National Library Week/School Library Month Fact Sheet.
Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week - First week in February
During this annual event held the first week in February, acclaimed authors and illustrators from Children’s Authors Network (CAN!) visit schools, libraries, and children’s shelters all over the country. Lively storytelling, fascinating presentations, and hands-on writing workshops make books spring to life, and inspire a life-long love of reading and writing.
Read Across America Day - March 2
National Education Association's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Teen Tech Week - March 5-11, 2017
A national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' non print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.
School Library Media Month - April
The American Association of School Librarians’ efforts for a national School Library Media Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas and her committee gathered ideas from previous state and local celebrations for school libraries, and compiled a fifty-two-page handbook for the first national observance.
National Poetry Month - April
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read - April 12
D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. You may remember that Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, "Drop Everything and Read" programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday. We figured, why not "drop" the "day" and celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading for the full month.
Children’s Book Week - May 1-7, 2017
Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes, and any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families celebrate children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events.