Dublin students will have an opportunity to help Bob Shea pen a new book during the 23rd annual Dublin Literacy Conference on Feb. 25.

Dublin students will have an opportunity to help Bob Shea pen a new book during the 23rd annual Dublin Literacy Conference on Feb. 25.

The author of such books as "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime" and "New Socks" will be featured in one of two free sessions at the conference for parents and children.

"The two folks this year are more at the elementary level," said Jill Reinhart, Dublin City Schools director of literacy and English language learning. "The author they're seeing will actually make a picture book with them, and he'll talk about how picture books are made (and) illustrations. It'll probably generate a lot of interest."

Shea will host the morning session, and Ruth Ayres, author of "Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop," will be featured in the afternoon session.

"The second parent session will be about word play and ideas and things you can do at home to support word study and a love of words," Reinhart said. "She is a professional author, and she works with writing workshops. She's an author and a teacher."

The free parent and student sessions usually accept about 100 people, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions, according to Reinhart.

"We limit it to 100 so they can interact with a professional author," she said.

Shea and Ayres won't be the only writers at the Dublin Literacy Conference, which also will feature other authors presenting to teachers from around Ohio and beyond.

According to Reinhart, the professional part of the event draws anywhere from 600 to 800 teachers.

"Actually, we get teachers from the surrounding states too. Usually we get a group from Kentucky and Indiana," she said. "Sometimes we draw from West Virginia and Michigan. It depends on the authors and the kind of draw they have."

The Dublin Literacy Conference typically attracts some well-known authors because a few Dublin teachers are on the same author circuit, Reinhart said.

"Two of our committee members are authors themselves: Franki Sibberson and Mary Hahn. They're teachers in the district. Because of their own work, they present across the U.S. and make contacts," she said.

Over time, the Dublin conference also has made a name for itself, Reinhart said.

"Because we've done this for 23 years and it's popular, word of mouth also runs through the publishing companies and they enjoy sending authors here," she said. "Anymore with the economy, a lot of professional conferences are hurting in getting people. Our conference is well attended."

Not only authors will be presenting, though. A few Dublin City Schools staff members will be leading sessions and demonstrations on technologies.

"Mike Voss is our technology director and he's going to run an area in the conference with all kinds of technical tools and let teachers go in there," Reinhart said. "It's like a tech-playground. They can see how it's used instructionally and see some of our student work."

The Dublin Literacy Conference will be held Feb. 25 at Dublin Coffman High School. Parent and student author sessions are slated for 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The sessions are free, but registration is required by Feb. 13.

To register or get more information, look online at Dublinschools.net.