This year, Literacy Texas will host several events related to our theme, Tell Your Story, including an ongoing book drive, an interactive scavenger hunt, and a number of evening events.
Hunt the Story - Monday & Tuesday
Our interactive scavenger hunt will have you explore the depths of San Marcos (and maybe even fit in a little shopping at the outlet mall). Your checklist will be provided during registration, but be sure to download our app and keep an eye on our activity stream for some bonus items -- they might just be your key to winning!
Children's Book Drive - Monday & Tuesday
This year, Literacy Texas is teaming up with nonprofit Give More Hugs to host a children's book drive at our conference. We will be accepting donations of new and gently-used books geared towards elementary-aged students (5-11 years old). Attendees will have the opportunity to leave a hand-written message inside the books to encourage and inspire the students who receive them.
After the conference, the books will be donated to a Title I school in the Austin area, where students will be able to shop the books at a free book fair and enjoy the messages left by our attendees!
Storytelling Competition (Sunday Evening)
Have a funny anecdote from your days in the classroom? What about a heartwarming experience with one of your students? Share it during our storytelling competition, hosted in partnership with DEAR Texas. Join Literacy Texas and five authors from throughout Texas in telling a true, personal story related to teaching, reading, writing, or literacy. We'll share our experiences over coffee and desserts, and at the end of the night, a panel of judges will crown the storytelling champion!
Making it Personal: Storytelling with Kevin Kling (Monday Evening)
When talking about our vocation, how do we shape the steps that lead to our passion in ways that energize and inspire the listener? And how can we then learn to help our students tell their own personal stories? Join us for a special workshop with keynote Kevin Kling, who will discuss working with storyteller tools such as imagery and humor. He will also explore other elements that transform an experience into a story, especially "the invitation," where we begin to develop trust and enter into a conversation with our listener. Light refreshments will be provided.
Storyoke (Tuesday Evening)
Close out the conference with a casual night of board games and storytelling fun! We'll have a light snack and some casual storytelling karaoke, where you can sing, dance, or act out popular childrens' books. You'll also be able to make some lasting memories at our storytelling photobooth before you go!