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Location:  Benton Convention Center - Winston Salem, NC 

Participant Information

Call To Present

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July 15, 2012

Conference Registration

Pre-Registration Form
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Vendor Registration

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Conference Sessions

2012 Annual 
Conference Program

Conference Wiki 2012
(for session handouts and more!) 

Featured Guests

Keynote Speaker:  Buffy Hamilton

Buffy Hamilton is the founding librarian of "The Unquiet Library" at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Hamilton, who earned her Ed.S. in Instructional Technology and School Library Media at the University of Georgia in 2005, taught high school English courses and served as an educational technology specialist for the Cherokee County School District before deciding she wanted to be a librarian when she grew up. She is passionate about creating library experiences for her students that will encourage them to be lifelong learners; she collaborates extensively with the teachers and students in her school to create learning experiences to foster students' information fluency and digital citizenship skills, the cultural capital students need to fully participate in today's society. She blogs at The Unquiet Librarian as well as ALA Learning. Hamilton also serves as Communications Coordinator/Chair for the Georgia Library Media Association, Social Media Chair for the AASL National Conference 2011 Committee and is a member of the Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy AASL / ACRL.

All Conference Luncheon Speaker: Marilyn Johnson

For the first time at our conference, we have chosen a title to be our conference wide read.  Please join us in reading This Book is Overdue prior to the conference.  The author, Marilyn Johnson, will be our featured speaker at our all-conference luncheon and will then lead a small group session to further talk about the book and her experience in writing it. 

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Marilyn Johnson celebrates libraries and librarians as essential players in the information age in her book This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (Harper). Johnson has become a sought after keynote speaker at library associations and conferences, libraries, and universities. The Philadelphia Free Library called her a "library sciences heroine." 

Toast and Tales Breakfast Storyteller/Author:  John Claude Bemis

An inspiring speaker and entertaining performer, John Claude Bemis brings his passions for music, Southern folklore, and spinning exciting tales to his novels and presentations.  The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, was nominated for the North Carolina Children's Book Award and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing.  The trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been described as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy."  His latest novel is The Prince Who Fell from the Sky.  A musician and teacher, John lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC.

Closing Luncheon Author:  Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer.  She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the CSK Literary Award, and is a NYT bestselling author. She is a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner, and is the recipient of the Dean's Award from Howard University, the Pepperdine University Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Marva Collins Education Excellence Award.  In 2009 she received the Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University.  She has been honored at the White House six times, and was chosen as one of only four authors in the country to speak at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.  Her book Copper Sun was selected by the US State Department and the International Reading Association for the international project called Reading Across Continents.  She has published 27 award-winning books for teens, tweens, and teachers.  Her books are required reading in schools across the country.

Awards Reception and Author Signing Entertainment:  Melvil Dewey

Melvil Dewey teaches children the importance of libraries in our communities, advocates reading and introduces basic library skills.  His first single, The Dewey Decimal Rap, has over half a million hits on YouTube and is being distributed worldwide by McGraw-Hill in 2012.  Meanwhile, two of his music videos have been deemed by The Huffington Post as two of the nine funniest library videos ever.  Complete with book turntables, a rapping book drop and golden library cards, this high-energy hip hop artist empowers children to speak up for their library and encourages them to become lifelong readers.

Other Author Appearances 

John Perry - Author

The Book that Eats People
2011-12 NCCBA Winner

Mark Fearing - Illustrator

The Book that Eats People
2011-12 NCCBA Winner

David Macinnis Gill

David Macinnis Gill is the author of the novels Soul Enchilada, Black Hole Sun, Invisible Sun, and the forthcoming Shadow on the Sun, all from Greenwillow Books. His short stories have appeared in several magazines, including The Crescent Review and Writer's Forum. His critical biography of young adult author Graham Salisbury,Graham Salisbury: Island Boy, was published by Scarecrow Press. He holds a bachelor's degree in English/creative writing and a doctorate in education, both from the University of Tennessee.

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the author of the YA science fiction novels Across the Universe, A Million Suns, and the upcoming Shades of Earth, all published through Penguin/Razorbill. The New York Times Bestselling Series is published in seventeen languages. Beth has lived in North Carolina all her life, from the foothills of the Appalachia to North Carolina State University. Beth worked as an English teacher in a rural high school for six years before becoming a full-time writer. Across the Universe was her first novel. Beth can be found online at bethrevis.com, and readers can discover her books at acrosstheuniversebook.com.

Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Forest of Hands and Teeth series which has been translated into over 18 languages and optioned as a movie. Her first novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, was chosen as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, a Best of the Best Books by the Chicago Public Library and named to the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age List.  In fall 2012 Carrie will have two new books out -- her first middle grade as part of Scholastic's Infinity Ring series as well as her first anthology, Foretold, a collection of stories about prophecies and predictions by some of today's hottest YA authors.  Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, NC.

Monika Schröder

Monika Schröder grew up in Germany and has worked as elementary school teacher and librarian at American international schools in Egypt, Chile, Oman and India. She currently lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and their dog Frank. 

Visit her at: www.monikaschroeder.com

Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a Raleigh children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. She is the author of chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal (Just Us Books), CCBC-Choices honored picture book, One Million Men and Me (Just Us Books) and picture book Ellen's Broom (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons), a Junior Library Guild selection. She has two forthcoming picture books with Penguin/Putnam. Tea Cakes for Tosh, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, will debut in December.
Find out more at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.

Dawn Cusick

Dawn Cusick has worked as an editor and in-house author for nonfiction adult books for 25 years, and teaches biology and zoology at Haywood Community College.  Her children's non-fiction books are Cool Animal Names and Get the Scoop on Animal Poop from Charlesbridge Publishing, and Animal Snacks, Animal Eggs, Bug Butts, and Animal Tongues from EarlyLight Books.  

A. J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the bestselling author of mystery/thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and young adult novels.  He was born in northern England, but has lived in many places including Japan, and is currently the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory and criticism of Renaissance English drama, and works as a director and dramaturg. His young adult novel, Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact recently won the 2012 Southern Independent Booksellers Award.

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Sue Soltis

Sue Soltis is the author of the picture book Nothing Like a Puffin, illustrated by Bob Kolar (Candlewick Press, 2011).  A compare and contrast that follows a mischievous puffin, Nothing Like a Puffin was cited as a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title (for picture book writing) and is a 2012-2013 Chickadee Award Nominee (Maine Children's Choice Book Project).  It's also a Junior Library Guild Selection and was selected for "The Schoolies-Best Picture Books of 2011" (Top Teaching blog, Scholastic).  Sue Soltis is a published poet with an MA in English from Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY).  She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband and two sons.

Additional Conference Information

Past Conference Information:
2011 Conference Website
2011 Pre-Conference Sessions
2011 Conference Sessions at a Glance (with handout files linked)
2011 Conference Program
2010 Conference Sessions at a Glance
2010 Conference Program
(No 2009 NCSLMA Conference due to AASL Conference in Charlotte, NC)   
2008 Conference Program
2007 Conference Sessions
2006 Conference Sessions
2005 Conference Program
Future Conference Dates:

October 3-5, 2013

October 9-11, 2014

October 22-24, 2015

October 20-22, 2016