Global Network Meetings Schedule

Meeting schedule 2019-2020:

  • June 11, 2019 – Multilingual provision and Diversity
  • Sept 12, 2019 – Using volunteers, and community invigoration
  • Nov 20, 2019 – Best practice quality bookgifting
  • Feb 13, 2020 –  Maternity hospital and Health Clinic bookgifting
  • May 4, 2020 –   Impact evaluation
  • June 18, 2020 – Supporting vulnerable and at risk families
  • July 1, 2020 –    Targeting the hard to reach
  • Nov 17, 2020 –  Progress of new programmes
  • Nov 19, 2020 –  Book Selection

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Recent meetings

Thursday 23 April 2020 – 3pm-4pm CET
Programme responses during Covid 19 lockdown

Monday 4 May 2020 – 4pm-5.30pm CET
Impact evaluation
Chair: Carol McDougall, Global Network Working Group, Canada
Prof. Dr. Simone C. Ehmig, Head, Institute for Research on Reading and Media, Stiftung Lesen, Germany
Brian Gallagher MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Reach Out and Read, USA

Thurs 18 June 2020 – 10am-11.30am CET
Supporting vulnerable or ‘at risk’ families
Chair: Marijke Bos, Dutch Reading Foundation, Stichting Lezen, Netherlands
Sue Hill and Julia Jones, Raising Literacy Australia Inc, South Australia
Building Parental Capacity/Home Libraries, and Universal Book Gifting
Miriam Schembri, National Literacy Agency, Malta
Home Libraries: providing a literacy environment in the homes of vulnerable families

Wed 1 July 2020 –  4pm-5.30pm CET 
Targeting the ‘Hard to Reach’
Chair: Lotte Baert: Iedereen Leest, Boekstart Flanders, Belgium
Anna Hällgren and Nina Suatan: Swedish Arts Council, Kulturradet, Sweden
‘Testing different methods suited to specific local and regional needs’
Julia Norrish: BookDash, South Africa
‘Flooding the country with books: Using innovative channels to access the hard to reach’
Catriona Wallace and Celia Richards – Scottish Book Trust, Scotland
Bookbug for the Home: Bookbug isn’t just a literacy programme, Bookbug builds families

Upcoming meetings 2020

Tue 17 Nov 2020 – 10am-11.30am CET
Progress of new programmes
Chair: Izumi Satou, Project Manager, Bookstart Japan
Sabine Bonewitz, German Reading Foundation, Stiftung Lesen, Germany
Lesestart 123: changes from Lesestart (2011-19) and evaluation of year one.
Daiden O’Regan, Childrens Books Ireland
Book Seed: the pilot in Limerick and its end of first year evaluation
Anna Hällgren and Nina Suatan: Swedish Arts Council, Kulturradet, Sweden
Evaluation design, and feedback on 5 years of programmes across Sweden

Thurs 19 Nov 2020 –  4pm-5.30pm CET
Book Selection
Chair: Lotte Baert: Iedereen Leest, Boekstart Flanders, Belgium
Barbara Jakob: Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder-und Jugendmedien, SIKJM, Switzerland
Buchstart Schweiz – Selecting 2 Boardbooks for 1 Nation with 4 official languages and many cultural backgrounds
Shanda LaRamee-Jones and Nancy Edgar: Read to Me, Nova Scotia, Canada
Selecting Books for A Newborn Book Gifting Program