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To register for the 2020 NCSLMA conference, go to the NCSLMA website and click on the Events tab. Since our conference will be completely virtual this year, here are some things you can expect:
  • Private Facebook group for attendees. Live keynote sessions, author sessions, awards, and door prizes will be hosted in this group.
  • Exclusive access to pre-recorded videos for one year through a private page on our NCSLMA website.
  • Live sessions through Google Meet for each level of Battle of the Books.
  • General business meeting for all NCSLMA members.
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Saturday, September 26 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Making connections with readers!

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In this session, I will present activities and events that you can host in your school library to connect readers to books. I will discuss how to host a successful author visit. I will share tips and tricks to find authors that you can host as well as share a schedule for the day of the visit. I will discuss tips for preparing students and staff for the visit and of course share ways to pay for the visit. Other events that I will discuss include inviting guest speakers to speak to students. Speakers can range from archeologists, park rangers, to local historians. These visits can all be tied back into books. I will discuss collaborating with the CTE department to host a monthly Career Cafe and how this experience can then connect students to books. I will discuss other ways to connect with readers including hosting reading challenges and maintaining a free little library for the school and community. My presentation will include demonstration and discussions. I will provide access to various documents that I use to make connections with readers.

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Vickie Blankenship

Media Specialist, Asheville City Schools
Vickie Blankenship is starting her 26th year as a school librarian. Currently Vickie is the Media Specialist/Digital Lead Teacher at Asheville Primary School. Mrs. Blankenship earned her Bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University in Elementary Education in 1993. She earned... Read More →

Saturday September 26, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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