CLARE VANDERPOOL grew up reading books in unusual places—in dressing rooms, in the bathroom, while walking down the sidewalk (sometimes into telephone poles), in church, in math class. She suspects that some of her teachers knew she had a library book hidden behind her textbook, but the good ones didn’t let on. Historical ﬁction is a favorite of Clare’s, to read and to write. Moon Over Manifest, her ﬁrst novel, is set in the ﬁctional small town of Manifest, Kansas, which is based on the real southeastern Kansas town of Frontenac, home of both of her maternal grandparents. Drawing on stories she heard as a child, along with research in town newspapers, yearbooks, and graveyards, Clare found a rich and colorful history for her story.
Clare lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and their four children.
Author Ben Mikaelsen, has won the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writer's Golden Spur Award. In addition, his novels have won many state Reader's Choice awards. These novels include Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, Touching Spirit Bear, Red Midnight, Tree Girl and Ghost of Spirit Bear. His novels, Rescue Josh McGuire, Petey and Touching Spirit Bear have also been optioned for screen use.
Ben's articles and photos have appeared in numerous magazines around the world. His novels have been carried by Scholastic and Troll book fairs, and are recorded on unabridged audio tape with recorded books. Recently Ben was featured nationally on Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures and also on German national TV.
Ben lives in a log cabin near Bozeman, Montana, with a 750 pound black bear that he adopted and has raised for the last twenty five years.
Here is a brief overview of the breakout sessions scheduled for Thursday, October 13
“It may not be heaven, but I’m still on the cloud”: information on cloud storage and retrieval options to organize and share
Beyond Powerpoint and PosterBoard Using Animoto and Glogster across the school curriculum to address standards and motivate students, 21st Century Standards, copyright, etc.
YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium-a great experience! Experience the benefits of attending the YALSA Literature Symposium.
William Allen White Children’s Book Awards Get the latest news from this reading program including a report on the 2011 award ceremony get the confirmed 2012-2013 list.
In Focus: the essentials for 21st Century Learning Help connect the school library program to current educational concepts now at the core of the curriculum, insight to encourage, elevate and evaluate information within your program, and more.
In the Face of Disaster Find out what to do when your school is faced with disaster and how to help others in this situation.
Reading takes you places: multicultural literature, lessons and activities A cross-curricular approach to teaching diversity through children’s lit and hands on lessons
Hot tips for selecting web 2.0 technologies A sharing of ideas to assist librarians, teachers and students in integrating web 2.0 digital tools.
We’re making all the connections for Kansas schools Take advantage of STAR Enterprise to support instructional planning and readability and skill-based assessment
Facebook: Getting connected to history Learn how to spice up your traditional research with Facebook generated pages
Going to the dogs with style Integrated lessons for research skills culminating with a compare-contrast brochure
Retirees Roundtable Discussion centered around how to keep the retired librarians active because they are a vital aspect of KASL
High school reading Valuable lists and ideas for the high school librarian
Reading throughout the year Sharing extra-curricular ideas for monthly reading programs and display ideas to spark student reading
Creating web apps to deliver class material Find novel ways to deliver class material to students using methods that are both engaging and convenient
Exploring new online resources for high school research projects Looks at an exciting array of free and easily accessible online resources for school media specialists to enhance research techniques
Glog Voice Sharkerize Ways to create innovative lesson designs through web 2.0 tools
Julie’s Best Picks (so far) for 2011 Julie shares her picks for her favorite children’s books from 2011
The libraries of China Report with slide show on the libraries in China through the eyes of a Kansas school librarian who traveled as a People to People Ambassador
Tools for managing professional information overload Learn about free, online tools that can help you manage professional information overload
QR Learn about QR codes and how to use them in the library to connect to student generated book trailers
Literate Librarian: creating meaningful messages Find out how to keep current with technology and improved word choice for communication
Sessions for Friday, October 14
School Library Media Directors Breakfast The annual meeting for Library Media Directors held from 7:30-8:30 am-contact Sheri Roberts if you plan to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing is as real as world competition: school librarian’s role with students and teachers in science and engineering fair projects Ways for librarians and science teachers to instruct students in using the scientific process to investigate problems
Prezi: presentations with Prezi Modeled after the popular social network Facebook. Learn how students research a person from history and create a wall page.
Connecting the S.T.E.M. dots Librarians will learn how to do simple science experiments to help our students so they are prepared in science, technology, engineering and math.
Purposeful reading: an author’s approach Exploring author’s purpose from the perspective of an author
Embracing media and technology in the 21st Century library classroom Gives examples of how 21st Century tools and skills can enhance the education of every child. Integrating information, media and technology with the new Core Content Standards
Lessons from Spirit Bear Learn how to use Touching Spirit Bear with MTSS behavior and bullying, lessons and booklists will be shared
Barb’s Best Books K-8 Barb shares the books that made her Best Books List
Plan now for fall Snaphot Day Learn about Snapshot Day and the many ways to use the data
Zen-the power of speaking without words Learn the basic, step-by-step process for creating a Zen PP that carries a powerful message. Transform your old Power Points using Flickr and other resources
Using a Flamethrower in the stacks: How comics can help you interact and promote your library An innovative resource designed to provide information literacy instruction, encourage library usage, and promote a new understanding of the library for students
Book Challenges don’t have to be scary Being prepared is the key to meeting book challenges, a sharing of lessons learned
Battle and win with the William Allen White books How one school used the William Allen White books for their Battle of the Books to motivate readers
Using the Tech-Variety Model to enhance motivation and involvement in an online Children’s Literature course describes the process of redesigning an online course in library services
Attack the Twitterverse Using social media to promote your library program
Kansas History Database: a treasure-trove for student research Session will highlight how to use the resources in the GaleCengage historical database
Keynote luncheon speaker-Clare Vanderpool, 2010 Newbery winner author of Moon Over Manifest
Vendors: 7:30 a.m.
Registration: 8-8:45 a.m.
Session 4: 9-9:45 a.m.
Session 5: 10-10:45 a.m.
Vendors: 11-11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 12-2:00 p.m.
Keynote luncheon speaker-Ben Mikaelsen author of
Touching Spirit Bear, Petey, Rescue Josh McGuire, Ghost of Spirit Bear, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Tree Girl
An amazing variety of topics in the breakout sessions: technology, books, online resources and tools, integrating lessons, preparing for disasters, reading sessions for all levels, 21st Century learning and the Library, handling book challenges, WAW, State database information, and MANY more.
The fall conference is scheduled for October 13 and 14 in Salina. The registration form is available here. Clare Vanderpool will speak at the luncheon on Thursday and Ben Mikaelsen at Friday's luncheon. Hotel information is included on the registration form.