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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Ambassadors Program

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The call for 2024 Ambassadors has ended.


The purpose of the Ambassadors Program is to increase national awareness and appreciation of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, held each spring at The University of Southern Mississippi, by aspiring graduate students in children's literature, education, and library services to children. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet and work with people of significance in the field of children's literature, hear speakers, and attend workshops relevant to the field. It will also provide the Book Festival with a mature, reliable volunteer workforce who can become staunch supporters of CBF as they progress in their careers.


The Ambassador Program provides free registration to the three-day event and shared housing in exchange for volunteer service at the festival.  Meals and travel expenses are not included.  Prior to the festival, Ambassadors write keynote introductions.  Ambassadors are expected to be in attendance for all Book Festival events and are asked to do various duties throughout the festival, including but not limited to: taking head counts, handing out evaluations, helping with speaker setup, collecting lunch tickets, as well as other duties as they arise. Ambassadors are expected to be courteous and professional at all times.  The dress code is business casual.  


Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate in Library Science, Children's Literature or a comparable field. They should have demonstrated experience in or knowledge of children's literature and/or library services to children. Completed class work can be considered in lieu of work experience.

Due Date:
December 1, 2023

To apply:

Please submit your resume or CV and a 500 word or less statement of interest telling us why you want to attend the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival and why you would make a good Ambassador, along with the names and email addresses of three references via email to mary.a.osborneFREEMississippi

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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Southern Miss SLIS
118 College Dr. #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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