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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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Jo Hackl

www.Outdoorosity.org; Random House Children's Books
Founder and Author
Greenville, South Carolina


I am the Founder of https://Outdoorosity.org, a free resource for inspiration and information about nature. I love to do school and community visits and to collaborate with libraries, schools and community groups on ways to incorporate nature into programming and their physical setting. I have presented to over 22,000 students, educators, and other professionals, and I donate my honorarium to buy books for children selected by the host organization. I am also the author of the bestselling novel, SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE (Random House Children’s Books), which won the Southern Book Prize and is an Amazon Teacher's Pick. The book takes readers on an adventure with 12-year-old Cricket as she tries to survive on her own in the woods of an overgrown ghost town and solve a clue trail left by an eccentric artist, all to try to find a secret room that may or may not exist. Cricket must use her wits and just a smidgen of luck to live off the land and solve the clues. With the help of a poetry-loving dog, maybe, just maybe, she can do it. The book is set almost entirely outdoors and includes curriculum tie-ins to art, history, geography, literature, mathematics, and science. Working with a team of experienced educators, I have developed a bounty of free resources for educators and other readers including outdoor adventures, a "Building Grit Kit," a "Writing and Revision Toolkit," and a "Book Club Kit." These can be found at https://JoHackl.com. You can find me online at @JoHackl (Twitter and Instagram) and at Jo Watson Hackl Author (Facebook). The "Building Grit Kit" uses nature as a springboard point to help students build skills that increase grit and resiliency. Please email me at Jo@JoHackl.com if you'd like to apply to take part in a mentored implementation of that kit or if you’d like to collaborate on a nature-related project.

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