May 2023

Volume 4.4

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NCSLMA Website



Jennifer Abel

NCSLMA President


President’s Corner May 2023

I hope everyone had an amazing School Library Month!! You all are amazing and work tirelessly every day to ensure that students and staff have access to information and develop a love of reading!! 

Shout out:

Congratulations to Dr. April Dawkins for being Elected as an AASL Director At Large. 

Conference News:

Conference Webpage

Make sure you are checking social media for all the amazing door prizes that have been donated for our upcoming conference! 

The call to present is now closed, thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal! This year’s conference is looking amazing! 

The PR team for Conference 2023 is looking for stories of the magic happening in your library. We want to share on our social media outlets the great things NC School Librarians are doing in our libraries. But we need your help for that. Please consider submitting a photo or video that showcases your and/or your library's magic. It can be small magic, big magic, or anything in between.  

We will be taking these submissions until September 30, 2023. Our goal is to publish every submission. With almost 2000 members, we really hope to be overwhelmed with stories. :-)

Open Volunteer Positions: 

Have you wanted to volunteer with NCSLMA, but didn’t know where to start? We’re making it easy because we would love to have your talents supporting our organization! Check out the new Open Volunteer Positions on our website for information about current open positions. This list does change as positions become available, so make sure to check it often. If you see something that sounds like it would be a great fit, please consider volunteering. Not only will it help NCSLMA, you will also be able to show leadership at the state level on the DPI School Librarian Evaluation Tool.

Current Openings:
Website Director
Awards Grants and Scholarships Director
National Board Coordinator
NCSLMA Store Coordinator
Advocacy Committee
Legislative Committee
Intellectual Freedom Committee

Upcoming events: 

The Page Turners Book club will meet May 20th to discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Demon Copperhead”

May AM Brew Crew -  May 6th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
May PM Brew Crew - May 26th 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Make sure to follow the behind-the-scenes conference blog for updates on this year's conference.

Kristy Sartain
Conference Co-Chair

I haven’t been able to keep up with the Conference blog for the past couple of months, but I’ll be starting it up again this week. There is a LOT to update everyone on and I can’t wait to share it all. The blog will go into detail, but some of the most exciting things include:

  • Call To Present was a success! We had 160 session submissions. Unfortunately, we only have just under 90 available session slots, so we have to make some hard decisions. I am grateful for the Board of Directors for helping to score the submissions. The process was a blind evaluation - scorers only saw the session title and description, along with the target audience. This way, proposals were graded purely on the merit of the session itself. 

  • Featured Speakers secured!! We are excited to announce that Amy Hermon, podcaster extraordinaire or School Librarians United, will be our opening Featured Speaker! She will be in and around the conference making a podcast all about NCSLMA. Our closing Featured Speaker will be Donna Washington, storyteller extraordinaire! Donna has been in many of our schools and with her children’s books and upcoming professional book on storytelling, she is a fantastic addition to our conference and I cannot wait to hear her! She will also be presenting a workshop on Saturday on storytelling for the school librarian. AND she’ll be on one of our storyteller panels. 

  • Hotel rooms - I know last year, we sold out like immediately. We tried to add more rooms to our Embassy block and cannot as they said they are sold out that weekend already. We were able to add a few more rooms to our Marriott block, though. Because of some back end things, we will have to release the room discount codes a little later in May. 

  • Early Bird Registration is NOW open. It will be open through June 30. Please note that if you have not paid for registration before June 30, your registration will be canceled and you will have to re-register and pay at the regular rate or the late rate if it’s after August 31. 

I say this every month, but I mean it every time I say it. I could not put this conference together without the amazing people helping out. I am humbled by their commitment and grateful for their help!

Have a wonderful May!



(Announcements and Updates)


NCSLMA has a small blog on our website. If you would like to contribute to it, please send submissions to We're looking for news items, stories about your library, fun events you have had, etc. Pictures can be included and are welcomed. There are no minimum or maximum length requirements. Share some of the great things going on in your library!

Share Your Magic!

The Conference PR Team wants to hear from you! Share the magic that is happening in your library so we can tell the world! Visit and fill out the form with your story.

Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2023 NCSLMA Conference! Register today at Attendance is limited to the first 550 conference-goers.

Town Hall Member Meeting

NCSLMA is hosting a Town Hall Member Meeting on Thursday, May 11, at 7:30pm. Register today at Registration is limited to 500, but it will be recorded. This is a general Town Hall for updates, questions, feedback, and input. We can't wait to see you!

NC Member Spotlights

Highlighting the hard work of our North Carolina librarians.

Book Tasting with Diversity by Carol Clarke

Book Tasting with Diversity

Carol A. Clarke, School Library Media Coordinator

Hazelwood Elementary School, Waynesville, NC

This April I hosted a Book Tasting with Diversity in our Library for staff members.  Using several resources, including a book called Bibliophile: diverse spines by Jamise Harper, I added books to our Library collection that will help create a sense of inclusivity for our students and also open some windows to worlds other than their own.  While sipping tea and eating tasty treats, our staff used placemats to write down books they would like to use for upcoming lessons.  I also created lists in Follett Destiny that staff could reference later that included all the books on display.  These lists were then shared with staff who were unable to attend.  The next week I book talked many of these books to students as my classes came to the Library.  

NCSLMA Sections

Director: Faith Huff

Director: Lucy Wilcox

Awards, Grants, Scholarships
Director: Robin Rhodes

AASL Delegates

Laura Aldridge & Sarah Justice

Book Programs
Director: Stacy Hersey

Director: Vacant

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Michelle Burton & Ness Shortley

Regional Directors:
Lead: Lori Munroe

Social Media
Director: Alicia Luke

Director: Vacant


The NCCBA Committee is proud to announce the 2023 winners! Children throughout North Carolina voted and the results are in! The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder wins in the Picture Book category and Unplugged by Gordon Korman wins in the Junior Book category. For more information and to see the voting results, go to Thanks to all the media coordinators who shared the nominated books with their students this year! 

Watch for an announcement of the 2024 nominated titles this summer!

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