Reaching Reluctant Readers

Reaching those who don’t have an interest in reading is a challenge for any librarian or library staff worker. Join Heather Gruenthal for a discussion on reaching reluctant readers. Heather will share her tips on introducing reader to books including reading displays, genre lists, gateway books, Just like Me books and programming with book hooks. Join us for this discussion! 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:

How to use passive advertising to reach reluctant readers

How to draw non-readers in through booktalking and book trailers

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.  Certificates of participation are available for webinar attendees who attend the entire 1 hour webinar.



Heather Gruenthal is a librarian at Western High School in Huntington, CA. She has served on YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee. 


How to Register

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Cancellations must be submitted in writing up to two weeks prior to the event. No phone cancellations will be accepted. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the registration amount. Please mail registration cancellations to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; fax to 312-280-1538; or email Refunds will be processed after the event. YALSA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop for insufficient registration or other reasons.

Tech Requirements

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Credits &/or CEUs Heading

Certificates of participation are available for this webinar. 


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