2018 Concurrent Session Descriptions

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from ABC Books  
Kathy Barco

Alphabet books are a fun and painless way to enhance literacy. They can be used with almost any age, are fascinating to look at, come in a wide variety of topics, and inspire questions and conversations, thus exercising talking skills. Older youngsters and adults who have struggled with reading might be offended by what they might consider “baby or kiddie” alphabet books, but they would love spending time with some of the specialized ABC books that seemingly involve the alphabet almost incidentally. This presentation includes enrichment activities and tips on how ABC books can cater to a reader’s personal interests.

The Magnolia Book Award
Lindsey Beck, Venetia Oglesby, and Selection Committee Chairs

The Magnolia Book Awards are the children of Mississippi's annual chance to nominate, read, and vote on their favorite books. Public and school librarians are invited to work with us to expand the reach of this fun and educational program. Attend our session to learn more about how to incorporate the voting process into your library, this year's shortlist of nominees, and the potential prizes available to participating sites! With four categories for voting, Pk-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th- 12th grade, there is truly an opportunity for every child to fall in love with a new book. Get involved now to help instill a love of reading in the youth of Mississippi!

Recipe for Interactive Read Alouds
Alice Beuhler and Ellen Ramp

In a fast-paced world of technology, how do we get kids interested in listening to stories from books? Reading books with children doesn’t have to be a flat delivery. We have to make them engaging, interactive, and alive! Join us to learn a simple pattern (recipe) you can apply to any book shared with a class that will increase participation, excitement, and interaction.

Bibliotherapy and the librarian: Collaboration between the school librarian and counselor
Jenifer Brea and Kim Walls

Is being a school librarian a lonely, overwhelming job for you?  Come learn the power of collaboration with your school counselor.  Discover the power of literature focused character lessons has on growing your students and your library program while giving you time to shelve, mend, and actually help your students find what they love to read.


Read It & Weed: New Nonfiction You’ll Love, and Tips for Weeding the Rest
Katelyn Browne and Ally Watkins

Nonfiction weeding doesn’t have to be a terrifying, time-consuming, 000-to-999 process!  In this session, we’ll focus on high-interest, recently-changing topics for nonfiction collection development in school and public libraries. Whether it’s bringing books about drugs and addiction from the crack era to the opioid crisis, or making sure your 947s no longer refer to the USSR, we will booktalk recent exemplars while providing criteria to assist in deselection.

African-American Civil Rights as shown through the pages of Children's Literature: Places + People = Ideas
Heidi Busch and Jim Nance

Starting with the pivotal 1964 Civil Rights Act as a beginning point we looked at and evaluated a myriad of juvenile titles related to the theme of African American Civil Rights.  We will share with you our method of generating a comprehensive list of titles and how we went about tackling a massive list into manageable segments.  How using the narrative equation, Places+People=Ideas, helped us organize and promote the list to local schools and libraries and finally how the list assisted us in our own collection development.

Power Up Your TAB
Lesley Campbell

Bring your TABs closer together! Unifying Teen Advisory Boards across a multi-branch system can be very challenging, but the rewards are plentiful. This workshop presents innovative Teen Advisory Board programming, such as a TAB Convention, field trip, fund raiser, and more.

The Genrefication Project – the How and Why!
Shana Celantano

Genrefication in libraries is a huge topic with librarians, and nowhere is this felt more than in the school libraries. But with numbers of librarians looking to participate in this rearrangement of library stacks, question still remain. What are best methods of genrefying the collection? Can it be used with fiction and non-fiction? Is there a clear impact on circulation, and are these impacts positive or negative?


It’s Never Too Early
Mary Laine Dyksterhouse

Meet 9-year old Mary Laine Dyksterhouse known as Emmie Enchanted of FantasticBooksAndWhereToFindThem.org. Joining her on the panel is one of her biggest fans, Corabel Shofner, author of Almost Paradise, who will discuss meeting Mary Laine. Her mother Kathryn Dyksterhouse will talk about supporting Mary Laine in her passion for reading and creating her blog. Mary Laine will discuss her blog, her favorite books, and how to help students learn to love reading.


Who’s Afraid of the Dark? Shining Light on Tough Topics
Kristin L. Gray, Leah Henderson, Corabel Shofner, and Ali Standish

In this day and age, when the news so often serves as a reminder of hate, violence, and uncertainty, the world can feel like a hard place to live in, particularly for the most vulnerable among us--our children. That’s why books for young readers that address tough topics like loss, abandonment, bullying, and prejudice can help foster a much-needed dialogue. Four middle grade authors will discuss the choices they made when crafting their novels, how to use issue-driven fiction in the classroom, and ways to encourage young readers to explore difficult topics through their own writing.

A Ghost Town, a Reclusive Artist and a Poetry Loving Dog:  Drawing Inspiration from Real Life
Jo Hackl

Sometimes the best fiction ideas come from real life.  In Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, the author combined the historical setting of an overgrown ghost town inspired by a real Mississippi ghost town, a secret room inspired by the real secret room created by a Mississippi artist and her own pet dog to produce a coming of age outdoor survival adventure featuring an art mystery clue trail and a poetry-loving dog who loves to sniff out clues.  This session reveals the story behind the story and the real-life Mississippi connections that inspired it all.

Back to Basics and Beyond: Comic Cons in Libraries
Naomi Hurtienne Magola, Jennifer Rifino, and Lonna Vines

Build community, increase literacy, and reach reluctant library users all while wearing a cape! Learn how to plan and grow your own successful Library Comic Con from start to finish.  Four experienced librarians will lead you through the ups and downs of planning and hosting their own unique cons and give you pointers on how to model their successes and avoid their pitfalls.

Tech Savvy Booktalker
Nancy J. Keane

Booktalks have long been used to entice the reader. With our tech savvy population, booktalks are evolving beyond the traditional format and involving more innovative technology.  In this presentation, Dr. Keane, author of The Tech Savvy Booktalker, will demonstrate a variety of formats including book trailers, pencasting and even the use of augmented reality.  Become a tech savvy booktalker yourself.


Metafiction: A Hilarious Way to Get Kids Thinking
Teri Lesesne and Karin Perry

Metafiction encourages and cultivates critical thinking. This presentation will explore the benefits of using metafiction with all ages of students and highlight many children's books that use metafiction to tell a story. Attendees will hear book talks and leave with access to a list of hilarious metafiction children's books.


All the World’s a Stage: Incorporating Theatre into Your Library
Melanie Lewis, Lonna Vines, and Becca Worthington

Children’s and teen programmers in public and school libraries are true performers. Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Theatrical Training Team for a facts-and-fun session full of drama games and theatre activities to do in your library, and learn about training ideas for staff members who might want to beef up their performance skills. From puppet shows and storytimes to teen programming and reader’s theatre, library programmers all benefit from dramatic and theatrical training.

Reading for Points or Pleasure
Denise McOwen and Nettie Moore

Reading level doesn’t matter in terms of whether or not kids will enjoy or benefit from reading a book.  Labeling books limits choice and discourages more than encourages reading. This workshop will help librarians and teachers find different ways to encourage kids to choose books based on interest.  Learn to use quick interview and book talking techniques to help kids find books they will love.


Better Together: Simple Steps for Effective Community Partnerships
Nancy Opalko and Meridith Wulff

Explore how to effectively partner with community organizations to expand your library's services, resources, visibility and more. Learn strategies that work and how to avoid common obstacles to creating productive, sustainable partnerships. Leave equipped with specific program ideas and inspired to create new community connections back home.

Code a Human
Ricky Statham

Coding and computational thinking have become vital skills both in life, school, and the work place. Many libraries have a perception that they do not know enough about coding and computational thinking to have a program at their library. If you have access to a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, you are ready to present your first program on coding and computational thinking. The basic concepts in this Code a Human program (Target: 3rd-6th grade) can be replicated for younger or older age groups with slight modifications.

From Boring to Bootylicious: How to Make Your Presentations Pop
Raymond Washington

Learn to take your Power Point presentations to the next level to engage your students.  Are you tired of putting together, sitting through, or learning how to teach to a boring presentation with worthwhile information? Are you tired of students falling asleep, texting, not paying attention, and then asking, “Where are we?” in your lesson. If you have answered yes to any of these questions than I recommend you attend. Here you will learn how not only to make a better presentation, but how to present! How to embed not only clips, but pull out deep conversation.

Integrating Technology into the School Library
Sandra Wimberley and Sandi Wright

Do you struggle with incorporating technology into your library time? Are your students disengaged with traditional teaching strategies? Discover how to implement Google Classroom, Plickers, Screencastify, Educreations, QR codes and other technologies into your library lessons. This session will also give time management tips to incorporate time for book search and checkout.

Talking Book Services for Children & Teens
Shellie Ziegler

Talking Book Services provides library materials to anyone in the state of Mississippi that has a visual impairment that keeps them from reading standard print or has a physical impairment that keeps them from holding the printed page. We are part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a nation-wide service (a division of the Library of Congress). This is a completely free service.