Jonathan Schumacher, AKA �Mr. Schu,� nationally known for his expertise in children�s literature and for igniting a passion to read, will speak from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Friday, Sept. 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration. He will share his experiences in promoting a culture of reading among students, staff, and parents. A K-5 librarian in Oak Brook, Illinois, Schumacher reads an average of 2,000 children�s books every year. Since 2002, he has read children�s books almost exclusively. Schumacher is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. He served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named the title Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." He has also served on ALSC�s Children and Technology committee, AASL�s Best Websites for Teachers and Learning, two readers� choice award committees, the School Library Month Planning Committee, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature selection committee. Library Journal named him �The Xtreme Librarian� for the high level of exertion he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian. He blogs daily at MrSchuReads.com. He also hosts the Scholastic Book Fairs web series "Mr. Schu Goes to the Book Fair" and co-edits the "Reader Leader" blog. For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.