Spring 2016 Newsletter

Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians


Summer is nearly here and the final days of the 2015-2016 school year are upon us. Kansas City area school libraries have done AMAZING things this year and have more INCREDIBLE plans for next year! Thank you for taking a moment for this update.

Spring Banquet

Cinco de Mayo, 2016

GKCASL held its annual Spring Banquet on May 5 at Center Middle School. Scholarship recipients, award winners, and retirees were recognized!
Jaci Hurley presented scholarships to two very impressive high school seniors. Miss Holovach and Mr. Rodriguez are both future educators who currently work at their local public libraries. Congratulations to them both!

Denice Mackey and Jennifer Caster presented the following professional awards.
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Blue Ribbon Library Media Program Award

Paula Erickson received the Blue Ribbon award for her work at Fort Osage High School. Paula has gone to great lengths to develop a phenomenal library program that supports technology and reading. Attendees heard about Paula's dedication to her library, including her pursuit of thrifty seating! Additionally, she has coordinated an empowering student technician program to help the FOHS one-to-one initiative. Way to go, Paula!
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Outstanding Advocate of the Library Award

Dr. Rhonda Hardee, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Belton School District, was honored with this award. Dr. Hardee has ensured the librarians throughout her district have had a voice in curriculum and technology decisions. She has advocated for maintaining and improving library budgets, and has been an active participant in district library meetings. While accepting the award, Dr. Hardee spoke of her belief in the importance of strong library media programs, and of the profound impact librarians have on learners. Thank you for your support, Dr. Hardee!
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Librarian of the Year Award

The 2015-2016 GKCASL Librarian of the Year is Teresa Barnett. Teresa is the librarian at Liberty Oaks Elementary School in the Liberty School District. Teresa was unable to attend the banquet, but sent an acceptance message reminding members to fight zombie librarians! Congratulations, Teresa!

Great Kids Can Read

Lisa Spellman presented this year's winners of the Great Kids Can Read or KC3 Book Award. Mark from Children's Plus donated copies of next year's nominees.
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Bill Harley sent an acceptance letter, which was read at the banquet.
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Check out next year's nominees!

2016 Retirees

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Congratulations to Denice Mackey and Karen McKarnin! Denice is currently at Carver Dual Language Elementary and Melcher Elementary in Kansas City, and Karen is at Hawthorn Hill Elementary in Lee's Summit. Thank you both for your years of service and the incredible impact you have made on countless young minds.

Installation of Officers

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2016-2017 Executive Board

President: Abby Cole, Blue Springs
1st Vice President: Angie Wiegers, North Kansas City
2nd Vice President: Christie Brown, Lee's Summit
Secretary: Megan Bright, Liberty
Treasurer: Paula York, Kansas City
Membership: Nikki Boekhout, North Kansas City
Past President: Gayla Parks, Kearney

Upcoming Events

June 8

ElevateEDU Conference at William Chrisman High School in Independence

June 10

FREE professional development event at the Federal Reserve of St. Louis. More information is available on the MASL website.

June 21

Scholastic Reading Summit at the St. Charles Convention Center

July 15

FREE professional development event at the Harry S Truman Library and Museum in Independence. More information is available on the MASL website.

October 29

MASL Fall PD Day at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Additional Items

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