Reading Conference

Iowa Reading and Iowa Association of School Librarians

Gateway Hotel and Convention Center

Thursday, June 17th, 8am to Friday, June 18th, 4:30pm

2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014

Program at a Glance

Program at a Glance

Wednesday: June 16th, 2021

12:30-1:00 Leadership Registration

1:00-5:00 Iowa Reading Association Leadership Workshop: Gateway Convention Center

5:30-7:30 Conference Registration: Gateway Convention Center


Thursday: June 17th, 2021

7:00-5:00 Registration at the Gateway Convention Center

7:30-5:00 Exhibits open (refreshments and snacks)

8:00-8:15 Welcome Message in Prairie Hall

8:15-9:15 Keynote Speaker: Ellin Oliver-Keene (North Prairie Room) and Matt Glover (South/Central Prairie Room)

9:15 - 9:30 Visit Exhibits

9:30-10:30 Concurrent Session #1 (Featured: Pernille Ripp and Carol Ann Kane)

10:30-10:45 Visit Exhibits

10:45-11:45 Concurrent Session #2 (Featured: Denise Fleming and Pernille Ripp)

11:45-12:45 Lunch: Served in Garden Room & Visit Exhibits

1:00-2:00 Keynote Speaker: Ellin Oliver-Keene (North Prairie Room) and

Matt Glover (South/Central Prairie Room)

2:00-2:15 Visit Exhibits

2:15-3:05 Concurrent Session: #3 (Featured: Carol Ann Kane)

3:05 - 3:15 Visit Exhibits

3:15-4:15 Keynote Session: Denise Fleming (North Prairie Room) and

UNI Diversity in Literacy Panel (South/Central Prairie Room)

4:15-4:30 Drawing for door prizes and Visit Exhibits

4:30-5:00 Renewal and Graduate Credit Session: Prairie Hall

5:00-7:00: Awards Ceremony at Reiman Gardens (6:00 Awards)

(appetizers and cash bar)

Free self guided tour for conference attendees.

Friday, June 18th, 2021

7:00-5:00 Registration at the Gateway Convention Center

7:30-5:00: Exhibits open (refreshments and snacks)

8:00-8:15: Welcome Message in Prairie Hall

8:15-11:15 Keynote Session: Lucy Calkins with Q & A (Prairie Ballroom)

8:30-9:30 Concurrent Session #1:( Featured: Jack Gantos)

10:00-11:00 Concurrent Session #2: (Featured: Julia Cook)

11:30-12:15 Lunch: Served in Garden Room & Visit Exhibits

12:15-1:15 Keynote Session: Jack Gantos (North Prairie Room) and

Sarah Brown-Wessling (South/Central Prairie Room)

1:15-1:30 Visit Exhibits

1:30-2:15 Concurrent Session #3: (Featured: Dr. David Kilpatick)

2:00-4:00: Young Writers Celebration-Creative Writing: Short Story & Poetry with Julia Cook

(Garden Room)

2:25-3:05 (7) Concurrent Session #4 (Featured: Sarah Brown Wessling)

3:15-4:15 Keynote Session: Dr. David Kilpatrick (Prairie Ballroom)

4:15-4:45 Drawing for door prizes

4:45-5:00 Renewal and Graduate Credit Session: Prairie Hall

5:00-5:45: Iowa Reading Association Board of Directors Meeting

Iowa Reading Association’s Award’s Night

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate our award winners.


Come an enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar at Reiman Gardens. It will be from 5:00-7:00 pm. The program starts at 6:00 pm.


Free self guided tours of the beautiful gardens.


Register for Renewal Credit Here:



  • One hour Graduate Credit offered through Viterbo University. Sign up at the Viterbo booth the day of the conference.

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