Welcome to the
SCBWI-IL Read Local PAL initiative!
Read on for FAQs about our
2020-2021 SCBWI-Illinois Regional Program
Q. What are the goals of the 2020-2021 SCBWI-IL READ LOCAL program?
A. This schoolyear’s FREE PAL opportunity will:
— strengthen our PAL community and help us work together to promote one another through online events with teachers, librarians and booksellers.
— assist teachers, librarians and booksellers to find PALs in their school district/communities for school e-visits and literary events with our searchable, interactive Read Local webpages.
— give individual PALs a platform accessible to our core audience.
— offer opportunities to have your books purchased and donated to teachers and librarians from underserved schools thanks to a grant from iCARE.
— give individual PALs an opportunity to nominate and virtually visit an underserved school in their area.
Q. What’s NEW for the 2020-2021 SCBWI-IL READ LOCAL program?
A. This schoolyear’s FREE PAL opportunity will offer PALs:
—the ability to have your book featured in the SCBWI-Illinois interactive 2020 Crystal Kite Gala and Online Bookstore. Read Local books will be book talked during the streamed event that will open the fall conference. Your books will be available for sale in the conference bookstore even if you are NOT an SCBWI-Illinois Interactive attendee.
—the ability to act as an SCBWI-IL Read Local Ambassador. Ambassadors will phone or email local teachers/librarians and booksellers and mail your book swag to promote you.
—the ability to collaborate on online events with other SCBWI-IL Read Local PALs with promotion and support from SCBWI-IL.
Q. What opportunities are available for the 2020-2021 SCBWI-IL READ LOCAL program?
A. This schoolyear’s FREE PAL opportunity will offer PALs:
—updated, searchable, interactive webpages to make it easier for teachers, librarians and booksellers to find YOU, our SCBWI-Illinois Read Local Authors, Illustrators & Translators
—your chance to write for the SCBWI-Illinois Read Local Blog to demonstrate your individual skills and expertise.
Q. Who is eligible to be a 2020-2021 SCBWI-IL READ LOCAL Author, Illustrator or Translator?
A. SCBWI-IL PAL Members with new 2020-2021 books OR PALS who have never signed up for the program who sign up by August 15. You’ll be featured on our online catalogue.
Q. Where do I sign up online?
A. To be in this year’s online catalogue AND MORE, click here
Q. When will the updated website be available to users?
A. Week of October 5.
Q. Who is eligible to be a 2020-2021 SCBWI-IL READ LOCAL Ambassador?
A. SCBWI-IL PAL Members who sign up by August 15 or have indicated in the past that they would like to saerve as an Ambassador. Ambassadors will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis in your school district/community. More than one Ambassador may be assigned depending on the volume in the school district. Email Deborah Topolski, RA beginning August 15, for further information.
Q. Who is eligible to be a 2020-2021 SCBWI-IL READ LOCAL Blogger?
A. SCBWI-IL PAL Members with 2020-2021 books who sign up by August 15. Bloggers will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis, 1-per month from September 2020-August 2021. Additional PALs who set up Read Local events will be invited to blog about that event—so consider spearheading a collaborative Read Local Event. Email Deborah Topolski, RA beginning August 15, for further information.
Q. What is a Read Local Online Event and who can collaborate with SCBWI-IL to create one?
A. SCBWI-IL PAL Members are invited to collaborate with other authors and illustrators in their community or school district to create a literary event with teachers, librarians and booksellers to promote themselves and their peers.
PALs should arrange to have two or more PALs, plus a bookseller and or school professional and pay close attention to diversity when arranging an event. Event requests and details will be sent to Sarah Aronson for approval and promotion via online form. In some cases, SCBWI-IL may accept a budget and provide funding if an event will serve to promote Read Local PALs in multiple communities, school districts or large portions of the Illinois Region. Email Sarah Aronson, PAL & Published Coordinator with questions about hosting a SCBWI-IL Read Local Event.
Q. What Read Local Events are scheduled for this schoolyear thus far?
A. FALL 2020: SCBWI-Illinois interactive 2020 Crystal Kite Gala and Online Bookstore. SPRING 2021: SCBWI-Illinois Read Aloud Day.
Q. Which Read Local PALs are eligible to be selected by an underserved school for a paid school visit?
A. ALL. Fill out this form to suggest an underserved achool in your community that you would like to visit virtually. Read Local PALs will receive $100 for a virtual visit of up to 60 minutes with the school that they nominate.
Q. How do underserved schools sign up for a virtual school visit from a SCBWI-IL Read Local PAL?
A. Teachers and Librarians sign-up here.
Q.How are Read Local PALs, selected by an underserved school, paid for an online school visit?
A. SCBWI PAL Members will be paid by SCBWI-IL from a grant from iCARE. All PALs must provide a completed W9 form before payment.
Q. How is SCBWI-IL Read Local funded?
A. SCBWI-IL is completely self-supported through its fee-generating Regional Events and programs. The Region DOES NOT receive any of your membership fees directly from SCBWI. Our PAL & Published Coordinator, Sarah Aronson, has also secured grants from iCARE to send Read Local PALs to underserved schools for paid school visits and to pay for books to be donated to teachers and librarians in Spring 2020. The Illinois Regional Team secured a 2018 SCBWI PAL Grant to partially underwrite the cost of the SCBWI Read Local trailer, shared on the SCBWI YouTube Channel, with the balance of the cost from iCARE.
Q. What is SCBWI-IL’s role?
A. Your Regional Team & Published Coordinator are hard at work doing the following:
—updating our searchable, interactive webpages to make it easier for teachers, librarians and booksellers to find YOU, our SCBWI-Illinois Read Local authors and illustrators.
—administrating and proofing the SCBWI-Illinois READ LOCAL Blog.
—supporting SCBWI-IL Read Local Ambassadors with scripts
—seeking out additional funding and opportunities
—promoting your collaborative READ LOCAL PAL events on our webpage and via social media, #ReadLocalIllinois
Q. I’m a SCBWI-IL PAL Member because of my PAL-published magazine articles. Is Read Local a book-focused initiative only?
A. Yes, the Read Local initiative is a book-focused initiative for PALs, a way to build a wider reach throughout our community to promote our PALs and their books to teachers, librarians and booksellers and get them in the hands of readers.
We understand that this might leave a few of our longtime PALs out of the annual program; there are more SCBWI-IL PAL events and opportunities planned that we hope will serve to support you and your interests in the coming year.
Q. I’m a SCBWI-IL PAL Member but have independently published my books. Are those books eligible?
A. No, the Read Local initiative is for your PAL books only as these are the only books SCBWI allows us to promote at teacher & librarian conferences. However, SCBWI-IL FFT events will serve to support you and your interests in the coming year.
Q. Who do I contact with general Read Local program questions?
A. Email Sarah Aronson, PAL & Published Coordinator
Q.Who will help me with questions about the Sign-up form and website?
A. Email Cedric Gliane, IC
Q. If I am not chosen as an Ambassador, can I still volunteer on the 2020-2021 Read Local PAL initiative?
A. Yes! Please Contact Deborah Topolski, Co-RA Illinois.
Q. I want to give feedback or offer suggestions for the 2020-2021 Read Local PAL initiative—who do I contact?
A. the SCBWI-IL Read Local PAL Initiative will grow over time and we want your ideas to improve the experience for our PALs and community. Please Contact Deborah Topolski, Co-RA Illinois, or email Sarah Aronson, PAL & Published Coordinator.
Q. Where can I go or send local teachers, librarians and booksellers for more information?