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Education Prof Presents at Alabama Reading Association Conference

Dr. Cynthia Biegler, chair of the Department of Early Childhood Education and professor of education at the University of Mobile, gave two presentations at the Alabama Reading Association Fall Conference.

Biegler's presentations were titled "Biographies Teaching History and Inspiring Interest in Reading" and "Establishing a University Reading Council." The fall meeting was held Nov. 2 - 4, 2010, in Birmingham, Ala.

"Harry Truman was right when he told his daughter that if you want to understand history, read biography. Certainly, biography inspires interest and helps readers understand everyday life in any period of history," said Biegler.

She used this philosophy in her first presentation by utilizing children's books that tell the life stories of people, famous and not-so-famous, who lived in various periods of time.

Biegler's second presentation provided information on establishing membership, managing finances during the initial period, and submitting the application for a charter to International Reading Association.

The University of Mobile Reading Council was recently cited as one of the most successful student reading councils in Alabama and received the ALA-STAR award for the fourth consecutive year.

Alabama Reading Association is an affiliate of the International Reading Association, an organization of professional educators and others who are interested in fostering literacy and promoting reading. The ARA works to improve literacy in Alabama through its many projects carried out by 20 committees and 17 local reading councils.

(By Daniel Dearbon, sophomore in communication & media relations writer in the Office of Media Relations)

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