September 2021

Volume 2.11

Welcome to the North Carolina School Library Media Association's Monthly newsletter!

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PRESIDENT'S CORNER


Cindy Sturdivant

NCSLMA President

2020-2021


Welcome to September! For most school librarians that means a recent return to school and an upcoming NCSLMA Annual Conference. I am sure for many of you, the return to school was marked by getting student devices ready and out to students. I set a goal to get computers and books out to my students as quickly as possible. I wanted to make sure students had what they needed in the event of a change in school attendance due to Covid.

I can’t believe it has almost been a year since our 2020 NCSLMA Annual Conference, our first totally virtual conference. For those who attended last year’s conference, remember that you have access to the conference videos through September 30, 2021. You have access through your account on our website. After logging in, click on “Professional Growth” and then “2020 Conference”.  Jenny Umbarger, your NCSLMA President-Elect and Conference Chair, is hard at work finalizing details for the 2021 NCSLMA Annual Conference, “Reflect, Refocus, Reconnect, Rejuvenate”; registration for the conference is still open.

As we venture into another school year in the midst of a pandemic, please remember to take care of yourself. Allow time for reading, resting, and connecting with your personal and professional support network. I hope to see many of you at our 2021 Annual Conference.

#NCSLMA2021

Jenny Umbarger

President-Elect and

2021 Conference Committee Chair

Our 2021 conference is just over a month away! We can’t wait to come back together at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem Oct. 7-9 toReflect, Refocus, Reconnect, & Rejuvenate.

This year, instead of pre-conference workshops, we will be offering some 2-hour workshop sessions throughout the conference. These include such topics as VR tools, STEM Challenges, connecting to your students through TikTok, and LGBTQIA+ programming in the library just to name a few. Our conference begins Thursday, Oct. 7 at 1pm with concurrent sessions and workshops, and you won’t want to miss this year’s Regional Meet and Greet Thursday evening, which will include book trivia hosted by featured author Stacy McAnulty! Check out the at-a-glance schedule, and be on the lookout for more details on our concurrent session offerings soon.

Regular registration closes on September 15 so don’t delay! Visit the conference website for more information and to register for #NCSLMA21.



INSIDE NCSLMA

Book Programs

by Stacy Hersey

Hello from the Director of Book Programs!  I am going to be sharing tips and tricks monthly about our Battle of the Books program.  As we all gear up to prepare ourselves for the upcoming school year (where DID the summer go?!), I just wanted to let you know that you can complete the compliance form by editing your profile.  A compliance form needs to be completed if you wish to compete in any of the three levels of Battle of the Books.  There are only a few questions that need to be answered, so it doesn't take long. I recommend that you go ahead and update your profile now.  It doesn't commit you to having a team, but it will be on file when you make that decision.  If you do not have a compliance form on file, you will not be eligible to coach a team.  Here is a short video to walk you through the steps.  

Updating Profile/Compliance Form

You can also update your school information or personal information if any of that has changed.  Please help me by sharing this information with other LMC's in your district-especially new ones.  Many new hires did not get this information until too late last year. Thanks so much for supporting our BOB program!!

From Vickie

Hello, I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break. This has been an exciting and busy summer for me as I am transitioning into a new career. I have accepted a position with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as the Western Region Professional Development Coordinator for the Rethink Education Program. I am looking forward to working with everyone in Region 8 in this capacity. As the school year gets underway, you will be hearing more about this exciting program and the professional development opportunities that will be offered. I will continue to serve as the NCSLMA Mountains Director. Please be in touch! My new work email is vickie.blankenship@dpi.nc.gov or feel free to reach out to me via NCSLMA at vickieblankenship@ncslma.org

Vickie


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NCSLMA Sections

Advancement
Director: Faith Huff

Advocacy
Director: Crystal Joyce

Awards, Grants, Scholarships
Director: Sarah Justice

Book Programs
Director: Stacy Hersey

Regional Directors:
Lead: Robin Rhodes

Information
Director: Kristy Sartain

Membership
Director: Laura Aldridge

G-Suites
Director: Bitsy Griffin

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NC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Adventure Bound Books

Fran Wilde Virtual Tour: September 2nd at 7pm

Award-winning fantasy author Fran Wilde returns to her roots in "Clock Star Rose Spine", which brings together poems previously published in Uncanny Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and more with a selection of work never before published. In this collection illuminated with whimsical fountain pen illustrations, Wilde explores family histories, feminism, visual art, disability, mythology, and of course the sea with tangible yearning and keen insight. Join us for a virtual discussion with Fran Wilde and author Malka Older. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/163575786581

Author Event with Mark Warren: September 11th at 7pm. at Adventure Bound Books

After 63 years of research, author and Western historian Mark Warren reveals the true nature of Wyatt Earp and explains why he has deservedly entered the pantheon of American heroes. Join us for a special presentation with Mark Warren, followed by a book signing. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/163576641137**

Virtual Book Launch Presentation with Brant Cooper: September 15th at 12 noon.

The post-pandemic world offers leaders an opportunity to reimagine work and build an economy that works for all.

New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur Brant Cooper teaches leaders how to empower people and their organizations to create new value and become more resilient, aware, and dynamic. Cooper will join us for a virtual book launch presentation on 9/15. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/163577563897

Teacher & Librarian Appreciation Night: September 17th from 4-7pm at Adventure Bound Books, located at 117 W. Union St. Morganton, NC 28655.

Educators and school librarians can drop in anytime during this event for refreshments, goodie bags, a free book, information about free audiobooks each month, book fairs, our Free Books for Classrooms program, and more. Plus, educators will receive 25% off purchases during the event!

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We want to hear from you! Do you have an upcoming multi-school or district event, were you recognized in some way, are you involved in the coolest collaboration, or did you contribute in some other spectacular way that shows the value of school libraries and librarians? We know you did! So we want to share the fabulous things school librarians are doing across the state! Please submit links to articles, published materials, and/or graphics to Bitsy Griffin (bitsygriffin@ncslma.org). Materials should be "copy and paste" ready. Submissions will be edited and published at the discretion of the NCSLMA News & Updates Editorial Team.

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