What is the Booktalk Program?
The Jackson County Library’s Booktalk Program aims to get kids excited about reading by introducing a variety of engaging titles during a 30-45 minute classroom visit. This is a free service offered to fourth, fifth, six, and seventh grade classes throughout the county.
During the class visit, the Booktalk Specialist presents a range of age-appropriate titles, both fiction and nonfiction. The goal is to hook reluctant readers with can’t-put-‘em-down stories, as well as provide great new material for the avid readers in the class.
When are booktalks offered?
The fall booktalk session is open to 5th-7th grade classes and runs from September to December. The spring program runs February to June and is open to 4th-6th grade classes. Fifth and sixth grade teachers may request a booktalk visit during both sessions.
What books are presented?
The list of books changes each session, and different titles are used for different grades. Title lists will be available prior to the start of the session.
Many of the past titles are featured on the Booktalk Blog.
How much does it cost to participate in the Booktalk Program?
We offer the Booktalk Program as a free service to public and private schools in Jackson County. The program is supported by a generous bequest from the Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt family trust.
How do I schedule a booktalk for my students?
Please contact Anna Monders, Booktalk Specialist, at (541) 774-6410 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.