The Carnegie Arts Center will present the first of the Fall 2016 Sunday Arts Lecture Series at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. In conjunction with the new exhibition in the Carnegie’s main gallery, "Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection," lectures this fall will cover many areas associated with children’s books and illustration art.
The first fall lecture features well-known educator and reading specialist Dr. Susan Neufeld. Her topic is "Literature Out Loud: The Importance of Reading Aloud."
Neufeld will discuss research in this field, as well as her own experience as a teacher. Reading aloud to children of all ages helps build vocabulary, provide engagement, and foster a love of books and learning. Early reading aloud increases the connections in babies’ brains making the most of this critical time in brain development. Neufeld points out, “There isn’t an easier way to lay the foundation for literacy success in school.”
Neufeld is a professor in the Advanced Studies in Education Department at CSU Stanislaus. She works with graduate students who are working toward a Master’s degree, teaches graduate Reading classes including Children’s Literature, is the director of the ABC Project (Abundant Books for Children), and believes you can never have too many books.