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Diverse Reads and Resources for Growing Lifelong Readers

  • Wellbeing
  • Webinar
  • 1.5 CE Hours


Studies often show that once kids and young adults lose interest in reading, it is very, very hard to get them back into this crucial habit. Providing interesting diverse titles with children from different backgrounds can help keep reluctant readers engaged.

In this session, attendees will explore a wide variety of resources and titles to encourage and support reluctant or struggling readers to keep them on the path to lifelong readership.

Our session leader, Desiree Thomas will feature three general reading levels (late elementary/first chapter books, middle school, and high school) and will organize her suggestions by genre (mystery, fantasy, realistic fiction, etc.) to help attendees connect readers in their communities to topics and styles they like.

Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss factors that contribute to kids losing interest in reading
  • Explore diverse titles to tempt struggling or reluctant readers
  • Learn about the role the library can play in reconnecting readers for a lifelong love affair.

Who Should Attend

Individuals working in reference, outreach, and programming services—especially those working with young adults or struggling readers


Desiree Thomas Youth Services Librarian

Desiree Thomas has worked in the library profession for the past 20 years. She believes stories have the power to shape our world for the better. She is a book reviewer for school library journal and a member of the Choose to Read Ohio advisory board. She is currently a youth services librarian at Worthington Libraries.