It's time to renew your membership or join for the first time. We operate on an academic year cycle: memberships need to be renewed each September-October.
Who can become a member of the CCRC? Anyone! We welcome teachers, book lovers, students - anyone in the community who loves literacy. Your membership means that you will receive council information via email. Membership fees support costs associated with teacher professional development, community literacy activities, classroom and community book purchases, and author/illustrator presenter fees.
The Copper Country Reading Council (CCRC) is a non-profit local chapter of the Michigan Reading Association(a state affiliate of the International Literacy Association). We foster literacy for a lifetime in Michigan's Copper Country. Our projects involve partnering with other groups (such as the English Education program at MTU, the Portage Lake District Library, and Local Schools) to provide events and activities of interest to teachers, community members, and kids. We offer professional development opportunities such as workshops and book studies when we receive grants in order to do so. This year we are focusing our professional development offerings on the theme "Best Practices of the Keweenaw".
For the past 2 years, we have hosted children's author, Aimee Bissonette. Aimee's two recent publications (Northwoods Girl and Miss Colfax's Light) have been used to serve as inspiration for the North Woods Kids project. NWK is an annual contest and exhibition available to any student writer or artist in region 9 of MRA. This year we will be having folk musician Kitty Donahoe perform at several of our local schools, and give a community performance at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Houghton to kick off our North Woods Kids writing and art contest/exhibition.
Keweenaw Reads is a summer reading community event that the CCRC has also been part of. It has been quite well received--each book has left an indelible impression on readers who find connections with others through book discussions.
Lastly, our council recognizes the importance of our local education professionals to have opportunities to connect and share with one another, therefore we will be holding a Fall Membership Kick-Off event at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. We will also hold a Winter and Spring event. Dates and locations are yet to be decided. Stay tuned for all of the exciting opportunities with the Copper Country Reading Council!
If you'd like to contribute to the work we do, simply click the links on our membership page to donate and/or become a member.