Call for Breakout Session Proposals

We invite abstracts (of approximately 250 words) for 45-60 minute breakout sessions and lighting-round poster presentations that are of professional interest to our attendees (teachers and librarians from across the nation).  Scroll to the page bottom for submission forms.

The following information must be submitted via the online application:

  • Submit a proposal including title, session proposer (with full contact information), name of presenter(s), and abstract.
  • Provide a brief (3-4 sentence) summary of your session (workshops only)
  • Provide an abstract (250 words)
  • Provide a brief (3-4 sentence) bio of session presenter(s)
Please be aware that:
  • Presenters are responsible for handouts and other materials required for their session.  Attendees enjoy handouts- and although it is difficult to estimate attendance we recommend having no less than 40 per session.  Highest-attended sessions have had up to 85 attendees.
  • Presenters may not attach items to the walls or ceiling of the rooms and may not use confetti or glitter.
  • Accepted presenters receive complimentary registration to the festival with luncheons included.  Presenters are responsible for travel and housing.
  • Proposals are selected via blind review.

Feedback from previous festivals indicated a strong interest in the following:

  • Common Core
  • Public Libraries
  • School Libraries
  • Community Outreach
  • Storytelling
  • How to Get Published
  • Booktalks/Best New Books
  • Programming
  • Technology/Social Media

Deadline for Workshop Submissions
November 30, 2017

Notification of Acceptance
January 12, 2018

The deadline has passed to submit workshop proposals.

Poster Presentation Submission

Interested in submitting a poster?  Submit your poster presentation here.  Poster session applications are due December 29th, 2017 and authors of accepted proposals will receive notification via email on or before January 12, 2018. Poster presenters receive complementary registration to the Festival. Posters will be presented during a presentation session slot with a 5-minute lightening talk per poster on their idea. Posters will be on display in the conference center for attendees to view and ask questions.