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CLAS Journal Online

Our CLAS journal, Statement, is now online. Visit us at Statement Online. Read the most recent edition, browse archives, and learn how you can submit your writing.

CLAS Board Spotlight

Kate Farrell, our 2014-2015 CLAS President, pictured on a pleasant summer evening at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.


It's Time to Register for CCIRA's 2015 Conference on Literacy!

Join CCIRA members from around Colorado at the 2015 CCIRA Conference on Literacy, to be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center on February 4-7. To register for the 2015 CCIRA Conference, click here.

Cost to attend the conference is as follows:

Full three-day conference registration: $185 member/$240 non-members
Single day conference registration: $150 members/$180 non-members

An annual membership to CCIRA costs $35. Please note: conference registration does not include overnight hotel accommodations, meals and/or parking.

Online registration began on November 1, 2014, so register today to ensure that you are able to attend your favorite sessions! Invited speakers include the following:

Vote for YAL's best!

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the state of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner - adults do not vote. The 2014 winner is Divergent by Veronica Roth. (Past winners can be found at the Blue Spruce website.
All the materials needed to participate in the Blue Spruce Award can be found at and may be freely printed and distributed. The deadline for students to cast their votes is December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm. Be sure to have your students read this year's amazing YAL nominees and cast their vote for their favorite!

From the Data Analysts at Facebook...

Books that have stayed with us

by Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel, Facebook

Excerpted from:

Favorite books are something friends like to share and discuss. A Facebook meme facilitates this very interaction. You may have seen one of your friends post something like “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way." If not great works of literature, what are the books that have stayed with us? Here are the top 20 books, along with a percentage of all lists (having at least one of the top 500 books) that contained them. 

  1. 21.08 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
  2. 14.48 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  3. 13.86 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  4. 7.48  The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  5. 7.28  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  6. 7.21  The Holy Bible
  7. 5.97  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  8. 5.82  The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
  9. 5.70  The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  10. 5.63  The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  11. 5.61  The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. 5.37  1984 - George Orwell
  13. 5.26  Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  14. 5.23  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  15. 5.11  The Stand - Stephen King
  16. 4.95  Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  17. 4.38  A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
  18. 4.27  The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  19. 4.05  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  20. 4.01  The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho



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