Library to offer training seminar

ELKINS — A representative from the Read Aloud West Virginia program will conduct a training seminar Tuesday at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library.

A community training for readers will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by Mary Kay Bond, executive director of Read Aloud West Virginia, according to Mary Boyd, president of Read Aloud Randolph County Board.

“I would encourage anyone interested in reading to children to come to this training,” Boyd said. “This is a great way to teach kids a love of reading and being able to read well directly leads to success in life.”

Read Aloud West Virginia’s goal is to motivate children to love reading and want to read. The program is seeking volunteer readers to read in the classrooms of the schools throughout the county.

Volunteer readers are asked to attend a one-time orientation session before entering the classroom, which teaches them how to read to children in a manner that keeps them interested and engaged.

Orientations have already occurred at the elementary schools and Tuesday’s training will assist anyone who missed the previous orientations.

Read Aloud West Virginia is an educational non-profit organization devoted to motivating children to want to read.

Bond has been involved with the organization in a variety of capacities, both volunteer and paid staff, since the organization’s inception in 1987. She became executive director of the organization in 2007.

A native West Virginian, she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University. In addition to her work with Read Aloud, she has served on the boards of a variety of organizations.

She currently serves on the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia, the Visiting Committee of West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services and the Foundation Board of the Kanawha County Public Library.

Bond and her husband, Pat, have three grown children.