Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - The Auburn Public Library will be hosting two reading workshops this fall.

Hosted by Cora Connelly, these workshops are sure to be fun and practical. Cora Connelly is a local reading specialist who is passionate about helping people learn to read. She is a master's level Barton Reading tutor and associate in the Academy of Orton Gillingham with a graduate degree in special education. She has many years of experience teaching children of all levels.

Thursday, Sept. 9, 6-7 p.m. - Learning to Read and Spell

This workshop will introduce the science of reading and provide lots of practical tips on how to help your child (or yourself) improve literacy skills.

Did you know our brains were not made to read? They were made to talk, but learning to read and spell means our brain has to translate the spoken word into a code and back again. That's why it isn’t natural and doesn't "just happen" for more than half of all people. Knowing how we learn to read and spell is important for every parent, teacher, or community member as they help children and adults succeed in this critical skill area.

Register for this workshop here.

Thursday, Oct. 7, 6-7 p.m. - Learning Difficulties

This workshop will consider the causes of difficulty, trouble-shooting when time and effort don’t seem effective, the signs and symptoms of dyslexia, recommendations for remediation and some accommodations for school success. The new Alabama Literacy Act and some of its specific impacts for our schools and children will be briefly explained, as well. Come start on the road to helping your growing or struggling readers.

Register for this workshop here.

To register for the in-person session to either workshop, email libraryevents@auburnalabama.org or call 334-501-3296. In-person spots are limited, so reserve your place now.