2017 Concurrent Session Descriptions

Breakout EDU Challenge
Melissa Adkins
Heard of Escape Rooms? Like Escape Rooms, Breakout EDU challenges can be used in all content areas and teach critical thinking, teamwork, and complex problem solving skills. In this session, participants will experience a Breakout challenge based on a children's book or novel! Attendants will have to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries before time runs out in order to “break out.”



Now Trending... #SocialMediaInSchoolLibraries
Melissa Adkins and Tamela Camp Miller
Is there a place for social media in our school libraries? Can social media be used effectively to promote and advocate for school libraries? Is is possible for school librarians to incorporate even "one more thing" into their very busy day? This presentation will focus on some simple but effective ways school librarians can use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter to promote their library programs, advocate on behalf of their libraries, and engage and involve students in all that the school library has to offer.



When It’s Hard to Find the Helpers:   Post-Election Bibliotherapy and Creating Safe Spaces for Our Youth
Kim Becnel and Jon C. Pope
We will discuss the critical role librarians and libraries can play in this tumultuous political climate and offer suggestions for how best to support all our youth as they struggle with a sense of crisis that they likely do not understand. Specifically, we will discuss helpful items to add to library collections and present some ideas for activities designed to help students express their feelings and fears surrounding the election and the social divisions it has exposed. Finally, we will talk about ways to mark the library as a safe place for all and how to make sure it remains a refuge and sanctuary. 



We Need to See Each Other: Great Graphic Novels that Embrace Diversity
Kim Becnel and Robin A. Moeller
More and more, graphic novels are helping to shape children’s ideas of what is normal, acceptable, and powerful in a society they are just learning to navigate on their own. By recognizing the power of this medium and purposely collecting diverse titles, librarians can help to make sure that all readers can literally see themselves in our collections and develop a picture of the larger world that is richer, more diverse, and more in synch with the reality they live in. This presentation will provide concrete suggestions for developing such a collection.



Summer Reading Programs
Mac Buntin
Get a quick overview of the 2017 Summer Library Program theme “Build a Better World.” Resources and activities will be shared on this themeTopics will include tips on recycling, repurposing materials, and general ways to build a better world.


Got a story? Publish it!
Sarah C. Campbell, Cheryl Mathis, and Linda Williams Jackson
Three writers with diverse paths to publication share strategies for turning your idea into a book. You will hear from a middle grade novelist, a picture book author/illustrator, and a short story writer with a total of five books in print, and two more in production. Learn what to do and what NOT to do when approaching agents and editors at traditional publishing houses. Will include information specific to diverse books and #ownvoices stories.



Extra, Extra! MLC’s Non-Traditional Resources
Tracy Carr and Ally Watkins
Did you know that the Mississippi Library Commission has extensive special collections and services that you can use in your library? From technology to storytime and puppet kits to book clubs in a box, MLC offers many absolutely free non-traditional services that can help librarians serve their patrons. Come hear an explanation of everything we have to offer you!



Maker Spaces: Making Connections to Literature
Dr. Jane Claes, Dr. Janet Hilbun, and Dr. Lillian McEnery
Maker spaces allow children of all ages to learn through creative exploration and experimentation.  Maker spaces that connect to literature bring the added bonus of stimulating a learner’s interest in reading furthering the education process. This session will examine the educational value of maker spaces, provide ideas for activities connecting those maker spaces to literature, and suggest ways to acquire and fund supplies for maker space activities.  Session participants will receive ideas for maker spaces connected to literature that can easily be adapted for use in the classroom, the school or the public library.



Holy Comic Cons, Batman! How to Host a Comic Con @ Your Library
Tanya DiMaggio, Naomi Hurtienne Magola, Jennifer Rifino, and Lonna Vines
Do your comic books fly off your shelves? Do your teens tear through manga faster than it can be printed? Were you surprised by the response to 2015’s summer reading theme? It might be time for your library to host a comic con!
From vendors, to cosplay, to gaming, and more, four librarians who planned successful comic cons at their libraries will uncover everything you will need to know to host your own con.



Step Right Up and Get Your Free Educational Resources!
Michele Frasier-Robinson
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media for teaching and learning that can be reused, modified, and shared. This session will introduce teachers and school librarians to the wide world of open educational resources. Attendees will leave this session knowing how to find high quality, peer-reviewed OER suitable for K-12, how to evaluate them, and how to use and re-purpose them. Attendees will also learn the nuts and bolts of Creative Commons licensing of OER, and the proper attribution of OER materials.  



Art Projects for The Artistically Challenged
Chuck Galey
With limited budgets, librarians, media specialists and teachers are asked to provide programs without any training in the arts. In this lively workshop, participants will learn how to prepare arts integrated lessons that will keep students engaged with hidden learning elements.



Writing and Remembering in Black and White
Linda Williams Jackson and Corabel Alexander Shofner
What are the chances of two children’s authors posting their agent success stories online, on the same website, on the same day, then meeting each other on Twitter that day only to find out they were practically neighbors as children in the dirt clods of the Mississippi Delta? Interesting odds, right? But on April 25, 2015, that’s exactly what happened to a black sharecropper’s granddaughter and a white landowner’s granddaughter. And it was their starkly different backgrounds and their willingness to openly and honestly discuss the pain of Mississippi’s past that allowed them to become trusting friends. The debut authors hope to offer communication skills that support and enforce honest sharing, listening, and creating.



Adding up 200 years for Mississippi + 50 years for Faye B. Kaigler Book Festival + Fifteen Great Books = Priceless
Althea Jerome and Kathryn Lewis
Throughout 2017, Mississippi will celebrate its Bicentennial. Over the past 200 years, our state has established a strong literary tradition. Likewise, the Book Festival has garnered widespread respect for its 50 years of promoting Children’s Literature. This session will introduce Fifteen Great Books for Mississippi Kids as a means to celebrate both of these historic milestones.   



May I Have the Envelope, Please?  If We Decided the Awards for Books
Teri Lesesne and Karin Perry
Only a handful of books will receive a major award in the field of literature for children and young adults. Many more are certainly deserving of attention and praise.  In this session, Teri Lesesne and Karin Perry will "book talk" those "other" books.  Teri and Karin have served on numerous selection committees for ALA, IRA, and NCTE.  Come prepared to be bowled over by the richness that is youth literature.



Picture Books as Learning Resources: From Pre-K to Middle School
Jennifer R. Luetkemeyer and Laura K. Clark
In the first half of this 60-minute session, attendees will learn how to conceptualize emergent/early literacy, and apply this information to picture books to encourage reading behaviors in children of pre-school age.  The second half of the session will focus on using picture books as tools for teaching middle grades students, and how lessons using picture books tie into the Common Core State Standards.  This session is appropriate for both public and school librarians, as well as classroom teachers.



Mother Goose Theater
Carrel Muller
Librarians, do you need a curriculum for young children in your library? Let your babies act out Mother Goose Rhymes. They will love being active learners as they acquire language and literacy skills.



Magnolia Award - Mississippi Children's Choice
Venetia Oglesby
This session will present a brief history of the Magnolia Award and discuss ways for school and public librarians to promote the award to their patrons.  Session attendees will gain insight into what it is like to be a part of the selection process for the Magnolia awards.  The presentation will feature titles from the list of nominees for the 2018 Magnolia Award.



Integrating the Curriculum through Social Studies Notable Books
Dr. Dana Rolison and Dr. Lynn Kelley
National Council for the Social Studies members will present all new exemplary lesson plans that focus on integrating literacy and social studies in the elementary classroom through the use of Notable books.  All attendees will receive free lesson plans (CD).



Write Bravely - Tackling Tough Topics with Books
Augusta Scattergood and Shannon Hitchcock
Two writers of historical fiction about tough topics (school integration, interracial friendships, shyness, bullying) will present examples from their own writing as well as other recently-published books that tackle difficult issues. Through Powerpoint images and handouts, they will show why historical novels are relevant to today’s students, and how their own characters’ prejudices changed over the course of the stories.