Frequently Asked Questions

      Conference Info
            Where will the Children's Book Festival be held?

      Directions and Parking Information
            How do I get to the Univesity of Southern Mississippi?
            Where do I park when I get there?
            Is transportation available to and from my vehicle?

      Registration
            How do I register for the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival?
            I am a USM student/faculty/staff; do I get a special rate?
            Where do I pick up my registration packet/badge?
            Can I get a discount if I register early?
            Can I register on-site?
            I am having trouble registering, what should I do?

      Housing/Hotel
           Which hotels in Hattiesburg are offering special rates for the Children's Book Festival?

      Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
           How do I get Continuing Education Units for attending Children's Book Festival events?
           How do I know if my CEUs will apply?
           Is there an additional cost to get CEUs?
           How can I get a record of past CEUs earned at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival?

      Ambassadors
           What are Children's Book Festival Ambassadors?

      Southern Miss Medallion
           Who were the past Southern Miss medallion recipients?
           Where can I purchase Southern Miss medallions?
           Who is the Southern Miss medallion recipient?
           What other authors and illustrators will be at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival?

      Kaigler-Lamont Award
           What is the Kaigler-Lamont Award?
           How does one apply for this award?

      Miscellaneous
           I'd like to present a workshop/breakout session at the Children's Book Festival, how do I go about
           doing so?
           I am a local author and would like to participate in autographing sessions, what should I do?
           I will be purchasing books with a purchase order at the Children's Book Festival, what should I do?

      Hattiesburg , MS Information

            Where can I get general information about the Hattiesburg area?

      Additional Information:
          If your question was not answered here, please contact the festival assistant director Karen Rowell
          at karen.rowell@usm.edu or call the School of Library and Information Science at 601.266.4228.


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      Conference Info
            Where will the Children's Book Festival be held?
                        At the Thad Cochran Center on theUniversity of Southern Mississippi campus in
                        Hattiesburg, MS. For a map of Southern Miss campus- click here

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      Directions and Parking Information
            How do I get to the Univesity of Southern Mississippi?
                      Directions from the Hwy 49/I-59 Interchange
                                 - Drive SOUTH onto Hwy 49.
                                 - Take the 4th Street (USM) exit. You will exit onto a service road that will take you to
                                    4th Street.
                                 - At 4th Street take a RIGHT.
                                 - Take a left at your first stop light (Golden Eagle Avenue). The Payne Center lot
                                    will be directly to your right and will also be marked.
                      Directions to USM from the Hardy St. (Hwy 98/I-59 Interchange)
                                 - Drive EAST on Hardy St.
                                 - Turn LEFT onto 38th Avenue.
                                 - Turn RIGHT onto 4th Street.
                                 - Take a right at your second stop light (Golden Eagle Avenue). The Payne Center lot
                                    will be directly to your right and will be marked.

            Where do I park when I get there?
                     There is a parking lot reserved on the Southern Miss campus for book festival attendees.
                     It is at the Payne Center and should be accessed from the north side of campus, not by the
                     main entrance on Hardy Street. Access this lot from Golden Eagle Avenue off 4th
                     Street. The reserved lot will have attendants, but you will need a special event parking permit
                     displayed in your windshield. The permit is available for print out in (PDF).

            Is transportation available to and from my vehicle?
                     The Thad Cochran Center is within walking distance of the parking lot, and we encourage
                     attendees to walk whenever possible. Your walking path from the lot to the conference center
                     will be marked with election signs with the book festival logo. We have also arranged to have
                     shuttles available to take attendees from the lot to the Cochran Center. There will be
                     designated shuttle stops in the parking lot. Please wait at these stops to ride the next available
                    shuttle.

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      Registration
            How do I register for the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival?
                You may register online, by phone, or by mail. Registration generally opens in the late fall.  

            I am a USM student/faculty/staff; do I get a special rate?
                FULL TIME USM students, faculty and staff are offered special registration rates with an ID.

            Where do I pick up my registration packet/badge?
                Your registration packet and badge will be available at the registration desk on
                the 3rd Floor of the Thad Cochran Center.

            Can I get a discount if I register early?
                Early bird registration rates are available through February 3rd, 2011. After that, the regular
                registration rates will apply.

            Can I register on-site?
                On-site registration will be available if maximum attendance is not reached by March 14th.

            I am having trouble registering, what should I do?
                Contact our registrar, Jim Clark, via email at regis@childrensbookfestival.org.

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      Housing/Hotel
           Which hotels in Hattiesburg are offering special rates for the Children's Book
           Festival?

                Click here for hotels that offer special CBF rates.

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      Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
           How do I get Continuing Education Units for attending Children's Book Festival
           events?

                    You may receive CEU credits for free if you attend the CBF events. You will receive a CEU
                    verification sheet with your registration packet. As you attend events, you record the credits
                    on your verification sheet. At the end of the festival you turn in your sheet and we send them
                    to the Mississippi Library Commission for approval. MLC sends the certificates back to us and we
                    then mail them to you. The process takes approximately two months.

           How do I know if my CEUs will apply?
                    The CEU credits awarded at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival are awarded by the
                    Mississippi Library Commission and therefore apply to Mississippi institutions. If you would
                     like to earn credits outside of the sstate, you will need to contact your state department of
                     education.

                    For more information contact Lorietha Myers at the Mississippi Library
                     Commission. 1-800-MISS LIB (647-7542), (601) 432-4111, or 1-800-446-0892. 

            Is there an additional cost to get CEUs?
                    No, here is no extra cost involved.



            How can I get a record of past CEUs earned at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book
            Festival?

                    Contact Lorietha Myers at the Mississippi Library Commission.
                     1-800-MISS LIB, (647-7542), (601) 432-4111, or 1-800-446-0892

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      Ambassadors
            What are Children's Book Festival Ambassadors?
                Each year four non-USM graduate students in children's literature or library and information
                scienceare chosen to receive free registration and housing in exchange for volunteer service
                during the festival.The program provides free registration to the three day event and shared
                housing in exchange for 12 hours of volunteer service at the festival. Meals and travel
                expenses are not included. For more information and an application, click here.

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      Southern Miss Medallion
            Who were the past Southern Miss medallion recipients?
                Click here to see a list of past Medallion recipients.

           Where can I purchase Southern Miss medallions? Medallions are available for purchase during the Children's Book Festival. To purchase them at any other time, contact our office at 601) 266.4510, or email Karen Rowell at karen.rowell@usm.edu.

            Who is the 2012 Southern Miss medallion recipient?
                Jane Yolen 

            What other authors and illustrators will be at the 2012 Fay B. Kaigler Children's
             Book Festival?

              The main speaker lineup is generally released at the end of the summer.

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      Miscellaneous
            I'd like to present a workshop/breakout session at the Children's Book Festival, how
           do I go about doing so?
Click here

            I am a local author and would like to participate in autographing sessions, what
            should I do?
We are unable to accomodate additional autographing at this time.


           I will be purchasing books with a purchase order at the Children's Book Festival,
            what should I do?

                   Barnes and Noble will need to have the following information in order to set up accounts for
                   purchase order use:

                    - A copy of the tax id number. If a school/library is within the same district, they will still                        need each individual school Tax ID form.
                    - School or library address, phone and fax numbers and a contact name and number.
                    - Any restrictions to the purchase order; i.e. can't spend over $200.00 or buy textbooks.

                 It takes approximately 3-4 days to get this set up. Once this is done, Barnes and Noble can
                 issue the account numbers.

                This information should be sent to Danielle Kellum, the Barnes and Noble Cash Officer.
                You may contact her via email at Danielle.kellum@usm.edu, by phone: 601.266.5573,
                or by fax: 601.266.5777.

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      Hattiesburg , MS Information
           Where can I get general information about the Hattiesburg area?
                hattiesburgms.com
                downtownhattiesburg.com
                www.hattiesburg.org