KASL Newsletter WINTER Edition

Kentucky Association of School Librarians

New Year and New Spaces…

It’s now 2015 and our libraries are now moving towards new spaces. Not spaces that have books, computers, or magazines on them; but spaces that have 3D printers, software, electronics or anything else that you can imagine. We are not the keepers of the information anymore, but the portal for which patrons can use that same information to create something other than a research paper.

These new spaces are called makerspaces. I had to do a little research myself. This was a great article: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/ it helped me understand them and what other libraries where doing with them.

I know what you are thinking, the same thing I’m thinking! Who’s going to pay for all this stuff? How are we going to take care of it? How do we manage it? Do we put barcodes on it?

This is a new frontier and I’m still in a Model T! But, I do like new ideas and new ways of doing things. But how do we get started? That’s always the million dollar question.

Remember we are all in this together and together we will find ways in which we can bring makerspaces to our students/teachers/parents. It wasn’t so long ago that we couldn’t understand how or why we would be reading a book on a computer. Look where we are with that concept today!

Lisa Hughes

Library Media Specialist

President of Kentucky Associaion of School Librarians

ESS Coordinator

Lone Oak Intermediate School

District Meetings/ News

SKASL- Fall Meeting at the Historical Moore-Kent House

Tea Party Theme

SKASL President Latisha Cardwell, Butler County Middle School, passed the gavel to incoming President, Donna Jo Forsythe, Warren Central High School, Tuesday night August 26th at the Historical Moore - Kent House in Morgantown.

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4th District Fall Meeting

Kathy Mansfield spoke with the 4th District KASL about OPGES.
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Author Visits

Alexandria LaFaye -

I wanted to let Kentucky School Librarians know that I’m available for school visits K-12. Kids, teachers, and librarians love my school visits (or so they tell me and I’ll gladly give you references).

I offer:

· dramatic readings in dialect

· a discussion of how I became an author from my elementary school days as a teased geek with dyslexia to getting published

· a demonstration of the writing process—emphasizing the essential role of revision

· common core instruction for students and teachers on historical research, creative writing, and cultural diversity.

· personal experiences on how to cope with bullying and building peaceful and supportive classroom communities

· teaching guides with common core standards curriculum

I’m also an associate professor of English at Greenville College with a strong background in language arts pedagogy. I’ve done school visits, conference talks, and teaching in-services across the country. I love to connect with kids and inspire them to read, write, revise, and be true to themselves.

About My Work:

My most recent book WALKING HOME TO ROSIE LEE (Cinco Puntos) was an IRA Teacher’s Choice and selected as one of 25 picture books to promote diversity on Buzzfeed. This February, ROSIE LEE comes out in paperback and my new novel-in-verse PRETTY OMENS will be released. I was so thrilled to learn that ROSIE LEE was nominated for a Blue Grass Award. What an honor! Coretta Scott King Award winning author Nikki Grimes said of ROSIE LEE, “What a Treat! LaFaye has applied her considerable literary gifts to tell a post-Civil War story we rarely, if ever hear, and has done so in a style as musical as any poem I’ve ever read. The voices truly sing. Brava!” I’ve published 11 novels, including the Scott O’Dell Award winning WORTH, short stories, and a picture book.

The Buzzfeed Article:


My facebook page:


Thank you for your time. I hope we can arrange a visit to your school in the near future.

Alexandria LaFaye



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Mark Wayne Adams

Illustrator, Author, &

Public Speaker,

Mark Wayne Adams

returns to Kentucky.

Mark Returns

April 6th - 24th.

  • April 6, 2015 (Monday) Available
  • April 7, 2015 (Tuesday) Available
  • April 8, 2015 (Wednesday) Available
  • April 9, 2015 (Thursday) Available
  • April 13, 2015 (Monday)
  • April 14, 2015 (Tuesday) Veterans Park Elementary, Lexington, KY
  • April 15, 2015 (Wednesday) Anne Mason Elementary, Georgetown, KY
  • April 16, 2015 (Thursday) SoKY Book Fest, Bowling Green, KY
  • April 17, 2015 (Friday) SoKY Book Fest, Bowling Green, KY

  • April 20, 2015 (Monday) Available
  • April 21, 2015 (Tuesday) Available
  • April 22, 2015 (Wednesday) Available
  • April 23, 2015 (Thursday) Available
  • April 24, 2015 (Friday) Available

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Angie Spady Author Visit

This year the charge is $350 plus travel based on mileage. I find the experience for the students worth that. I've had lots of comments and emails from parents. :)

She saw first through fourth grade one at a time in the library. She spoke to them and read from her book. She changed each one up a bit based on the grade and what I had already read to them. Each student got a little moment with her as she signed the books which was nice. Each student gets a pencil, too.

A few more pictures are at www.facebook.com/abrahamlincolnelemschool

Contact Marlo Solomon at marlorn@hotmail.com

Jennifer Perkins Propes
Library Media Specialist
Abraham Lincoln Elementary

Librarians and Libraries in the Lime Light

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Wendy Avila- Principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary

Wendy Avila has been reading all day for the Book It! Principal's Reading challenge. Our theme is "Ms. Avila won't SHRINK from a Challenge."

--submitted by Deborah Brooks

Butler County Middle School

A collaborative multimedia project on Biomes with a 7th grade science teacher led to preparing for an exhibit that is going to take place in January. Pictures of individual projects that were an extension of the group project. We also had the opportunity to invite Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary to speak to our students about the need to protect species in our biomes. They brought 4 birds of prey on which information was presented about each of these birds. As another extension of the project, students brought in donations from a wish list of needs we found on the sanctuary's website and monetary donations.

-- submitted by Latisha Cardwell

McCracken County High School

Grief Invited To Speak At SIBF-ALA Conference in Sharjah

McCracken County High School Librarian, Terri Grief, has been invited to present at the inaugural Sharjah International Book Fair-American Library Association Conference in Sharjah, United Emirates. This will be the 33rd year of the Sharjah International Book Fair, one of the largest book fairs in the world and the most prestigious in the Arab world.

Grief is president of the American Association of School Librarians.

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Book Ninja Lyrics

Genre Dojo


Julie Hobbs


Shepherdsville Elementary


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February Book Cover Contest

Need a promotion to get you through those cold winter days? Why not try this activity designed by Jenifer Webster.

Looking for something to do during the cold and snowy month of February? From February 1 to February 27, students are invited to redesign a book cover that doesn't tell the whole story. Students can create a new cover image in the artistic medium of their choice and submit it to be entered in a raffle to win a small digital video camera!!!!

How to Enter the Contest

1. Choose a book whose cover doesn't tell the whole story - it can be a personal favorite or a random title from your library with an ugly cover. (No copying of covers!!! It must be original!)

2. Design a new cover that will help people fall in love with your book! The medium is up to you: photography, graphic design, collage, etc.

3. Submit your new cover design with your name, to Mrs. Webster by February 27! Winners will be announced on March 2!!!

All submissions will be entered into a raffle for a small handheld digital video camera!!!

--submitted by Jenifer Webster, Media Specialist, McKell Middle School

Don't Forget

KyLChat- Tuesday nights @ 8:00 E.S.T.

You can check out the archives of past chats at storify.com and search for #KyLChat


Summer Refresher -- Save the Date

Tuesday, July 14th, 8am

McCracken County High School

More Details to come.

OKI Children's Literature Conference

Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead

November 7, 2015

Thomas More College

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Interested in Being Nationally Board Certified?

For more information on how you can join the ranks

of the nearly 3,000 Kentucky teachers who have achieved Rank 1 through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), make plans now to attend a free presentation about the National Board Certification Process.

January 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Hardin County Education Association

KEA – Elizabethtown Office

1690 Ring Rd, Suite 240, Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701

Please RSVP to jeff.sherels@kea.org