GREENSBORO — Celebrating and supporting the love of reading is the program Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m., when Greensboro Free Library hosts a virtual check in with two local reading specialists.

“This is a moment when you will have the opportunity to ask those questions about reading and writing that you haven’t asked, or didn’t know who to ask,” says Youth Services Librarian Emily Purdy. “This is open to parents and educators of kids, both in school and homeschooled, of all ages and abilities and is presented with compassion and creativity.” Questions to be asked of the reading specialists can be sent to Purdy at, “and I will pass them on to the presenters so they can prepare ideas tailored to your questions,” she noted.

The presenters are Judy Carpenter and Barbara Jacobs. Carpenter was a special education and early reading intervention teacher at Craftsbury Elementary School for 30 years, “and loves teaching reading!” Purdy said. She still does individual reading assessments at Craftsbury Elementary three times a year and teaches part-time at Craftsbury Saplings preschool.

Jacobs has a master’s degree in Education and has worked with students for almost 40 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, and reading specialist. She has taught in several states and in Germany with Department of Defense schools. She currently works as a reading interventionist and teacher coach.

They will offer a short presentation about child development and can speak to questions relating to reading, reluctant readers, gifted readers, reading challenges, and possible resources to support happy reading.

Free and open to all, the Greensboro Association helped make this event possible, Purdy added. Those interested in attending may contact her, and a link will be sent to enter the virtual meeting.


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