A Message from Nobscot Reading Council President

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Welcome to Nobscot Reading Council!

The Nobscot Reading Council has promoted literacy through professional development for educators and community outreach to further a lifetime habit of reading for over 30 years. By offering workshops, trainings, and community activities, the Nobscot Reading Council has worked to encourage educational and recreational reading and improve the quality of literacy instruction from preschool through college-level courses.   As an affiliate of the International Literacy Association and Massachusetts Reading Association, Nobscot coordinates local efforts to statewide, national, and even international initiatives to remain up-to-date with current research and best practices in literacy instruction and education.

The Nobscot Reading Council promotes community-wide efforts for educators and families in our area. Each year, the Nobscot Reading Council:

  • offers professional development opportunities on current research-based practices to advance the knowledge of literacy instruction from early childhood through high school.
  • invites authors and illustrators to present their craft and passion about children’s literature.
  • supports outstanding literacy events such as the Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival (formerly the David McCord Children’s Literature Festival, co-sponsored by the NRC), an annual celebration of children’s literature featuring renowned authors and illustrators which is now coordinated by Framingham State University. Featured authors and illustrators have included Eric Carle, Allen Say, Tomie DePaola, Jerry Pinkney, Jane Yolen, and Jack Prelutsky.
  • encourages quality literacy projects in educational settings by offering the David McCord Memorial Scholarship to local educators. Please see the scholarship section  of our website for more information.
  • presents the Celebrate Literacy Award each year to an individual or group who promotes and fosters exemplary literacy practices in our schools or the community.
  • supports teacher preparation at Framingham State University by offering students scholarships, free or reduced fees for participation at Nobscot meetings, and one-year memberships to initiates of the Framingham State University’s Alpha Pi Chapter of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha reading honor society of the International Literacy Association.
  • promotes literacy to at-risk families in the Nobscot area by donating books and school supplies to those in emergency situations.

I invite you to look over our program offerings and join us for informative professional development workshops and author presentations. Together we can learn about new practices and encourage the love of reading in our classrooms and community.

Happy reading!

Valerie Hytholt


Nobscot Reading Council