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Children\'s Services (6-10) [clear filter]
Wednesday, May 15

8:00am MDT

Leap into Science!
Leap into Science is a nationwide program that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. We empower educators to offer programs in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. The State Library along with Utah STEM Action Center, Utah Afterschool Network and USU Extension Service applied for and was accepted as a state leadership team to participate in the National Network, Cohort 2. The Utah team is responsible for training informal educators, such as librarians, from rural and urban areas across the state. Our trainers come from the Afterschool Network, USU Extension and the STEM Action Center.


Sharon Deeds

Youth Services Coordinator, Utah State Library
Sharon Deeds is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Utah State Library.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Eagle Room 200 B
Thursday, May 16

11:00am MDT

Beehive Book Buzz
  • Door Prizes! Win a CLAU books grab bag or an Annual Membership worth $15! 
  • Learn the nominees on the 2019/2020 short-lists for the Beehive Award. Schools can win $500 in prize books, and star in the Award Winners video. CLAU provides Book Kits and BotB Questions to all CLAU members. 
  • At Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU), we organize the Beehive Award. We create and share educational content across Utah because Beehive books are transformational and Utah students pick the winner. 

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Marilee Moon

Salt Lake City Library System
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Virginia Pine

Librarian, Salt Lake County Library System
I have been a librarian, specializing in youth services, for nine years. I have also spent several years on the board of the Children's Literature Association of Utah (CLAU).

Marinda Keller

Librarian, Salt Lake County Library | Hunter

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Eagle Room 200 D
  (7) School Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session

1:30pm MDT

45 Diverse Books in 50 Minutes: Fresh Voices in Storytime & Book Clubs
Update your storytimes, tween programs, and book clubs with "windows” books opening outward into the lives to others as well as “mirrors” books enabling all readers to see themselves reflected in the books you feature in your library programming. In this fun, fast-paced, informative session, Lisa, Phuong, Danae, and Heather will share engaging, relevant, diverse books you can use to refresh existing library programs--or create new ones.

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Lisa Grant

Salt Lake City Public Library
The City Library - Main Branch

DaNae Leu

School Librarian, Davis County School District
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Heather Novotny

Librarian, The McGillis School
Before accepting my current position as librarian at The McGillis School, I served as Senior Librarian for Children's Programming & Outreach with Salt Lake County Library. I love informational works for children, and I'm honored to have served on the 2021 Sibert Award Committee. I... Read More →
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Youth Services Librarian, Salt Lake County Library System

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm MDT
Eagle Room 300 B
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session

3:40pm MDT

Author Panel: Novel 19s
Come and meet Middle Grade and Young Adult debut authors from Utah and learn about their new books: Dan Haring (MG Fantasy), Samantha Hastings (YA Historical), Sofiya Pasternack (MG Fantasy), Crystal Smith (YA Fantasy), Tiana Smith (YA romance), RuthAnne Snow (YA Contemporary), and Erin Stewart (YA Contemporary). The authors will share 2019 publishing trends, participate in a Q&A session, and host a prize drawing for books and swag. 

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Christina Walsh

Salt Lake City Public Library

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Dan Haring

Dan Haring is a visual effects and animation artist, who has worked on films such as Tangled, The Lion King 3D, Incredible Hulk and Rio 2. He is currently helping create new worlds in virtual reality at Strange Reptile. He loves comic books, especially Batman. He lives in Utah with... Read More →
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Sofiya Pasternack

Kidlit Author
Hi I’m Sofiya! My debut middle grade fantasy ANYA AND THE DRAGON will release 9/24/19 with HMH! I love love love talking about all things fantasy, writing, story structure, and especially my weird niche passion, the neuropsychology of writing! Come say hi!
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Tiana Smith

Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja son, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm MDT
Eagle Room 300 B
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session
  • Topic Tags Readers Advisory, Children/Youth Services (11-14), Children's Services (6-10)
  • Objective 1 Introduce local authors and how to book-talk their 2019 debuts
  • Objective 2 Read-alike books for the debuts and 2019 publishing trends for middle grade and young adult markets.
  • Objective 3 A Q&A session, including information/availability for author visits and other programming opportunities.
Friday, May 17

10:00am MDT

I Like My Library S.T.E.A.M.ed
Incorporating Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) programming into a Public Library setting. A.K.A. How to Outreach, Outsource, and Out-Pinterest Pinterest. One library's experience turning a struggling weekly evening storytime into a popular and fun learning night.  


Melissa Lindsay

Davis County Library System

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Eagle Room 200 D
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session

11:00am MDT

Let's Talk Tweens
How can libraries meet the needs of the underserved tween population? In this session, we will discuss ways library staff can create an environment for children ages 8-12, bridge the gap between story times and teen nights, and foster a lifelong love for libraries.


Dan Mickelson

Springville Public Library

Lauren Tolman

Springville Public Library

Friday May 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Eagle Room 300 A
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session
  • Topic Tags Programming/Services, Children's Services (6-10), Children/Youth Services (11-14)
  • Objective 1 Participants will be able to assess the needs of their community’s tween population, including addressing gaps in library services by age group.
  • Objective 2 Understanding how to develop a tween programming plan.
  • Objective 3 Understand the factors that go into creating a dynamic tween library space.

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