Thursday, February 28, 2019

Eye on Detroit: What's in a brand? THU, MAR 21 2019 wsg @PamPerryPr #PRGuru

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Moderator: Steve Busch

What do Coca-Cola, Walt Disney and Eminem have in common? Branding. These names are recognized instantly by their image and reputation. You remember sharing a coke on a hot summer day, going to see your first Disney movie and listening to a song with the windows down.

Every brand starts small, but how do they grow? Come listen to a handful of branding experts discuss what makes a great brand - personal or professional.
Guest panel will also include #PRGURU, Pam Perry
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Model School Library Program nominations open! via @LibraryofMich #michlit #motownwriters #michigan #librariries Due March 15th

Reminder: Model School Library Program nominations open!

Model School Library Program nominations open!

Karren Reish
Do you have a great school library or know someone who does? Consider nominating yourself or them for the Model SL 21 School Library. More information and the nomination link are below. The nominations are due March 15th. We look forward to hearing from you!
Karren Reish
The Model School Library program nominations for 2019/2020 are open! Please consider nominating one of our great school libraries to be next year’s Model SL 21 School Library!
This is an opportunity to promote quality K-12 school libraries and provide mentorship to other schools throughout the state. Libraries interested in serving as models for the school library community are welcome to nominate themselves.
Each year, a school library program is highlighted as the Model SL 21 School Library Program of the Year by the Library of Michigan. The expectations for the selected school library is that the staff will meet with other school library staff and serve as a mentor during their term as the Model library to help promote and encourage quality K-12 school library programs across the state.
Nominations are accepted open now through the end of March at If you know of an outstanding school library, nominate them now!
Dr. Margaret Lincoln at Lakeview High School in the Lakeview School District is the current  Model School Library and continues her term through May. We will then announce the Model Library for 2019-2020 school year at the end of May. You can find more information and the nomination survey at in the SL 21 program section.
Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Introducing the New MeL Engagement Specialists via @LibraryofMich

Liz Breed, MeL Coordinator, LM

We are excited to officially introduce the Michigan library community to the new Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Engagement Specialists who started their positions with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) at the beginning of December.
These Engagement Specialist positions have been created to support you. Whether you need to connect a teacher in your school with quality content aligned to a lesson they’re teaching, or you want to provide your local community members with job resources, Theresa and Ann are here to support our library communities with
Please join us in welcoming Theresa and Ann!

Public Library Community
Theresa Runyan is the MeL Engagement Specialist for Public Libraries. Her position is to support the public library community in using Michigan eLibrary resources. Her most recent experience has been with the Jackson District Library, where she served as a Branch Manager, Circulation Coordinator and Customer Service Specialist.  She has a background in management, training, end-user trouble shooting, and marketing.   
“I’m looking forward to working with all of you in this new position and finding ways to use MeL to support you and your patrons.”
Theresa Runyan
runyant@mcls.org800-530-9019 x151
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Theresa Runyan, MeL Engagement Specialist
Ann Kaskinen, MeL Engagement Specialist
K-12 Community
Ann Kaskinen is the MeL Engagement Specialist for K-12.  Her position is to support the K-12 community in using Michigan eLibrary resources. She worked as a K-12 Library-Media Specialist for nearly 16 years but her career started as a high school teacher in the English, social studies, and public speaking subjects.  She has also served as a consultant for Allegan Area Education Service Agency (AESA) and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (ISD).  More recently, she completed an internship at the Kalamazoo Public Library and served as a teen librarian for Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Florida.   
“As an advocate of MeL for most of my career, I am more than excited to assist school personnel with the navigation of the new eResources that can support K12 curriculum. I know it can be a challenge finding and utilizing new tools for instruction, but the new suite of EBSCO databases does not disappoint!”

Ann Kaskinen
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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The City of @Southfield_Gov Parks and Recreation to host ‘The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers’ February 28 #michlit

The city of Southfield Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with OHM Advisors, will host The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. 

The city of Southfield Parks & Recreation department, in partnership with OHM Advisors, will host The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Guests are invited to attend a pre-glow from 6:00-6:45 p.m. to meet the artists before the performance.

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers will feature six storytellers sharing true, personal stories of black history in celebration of Black History Month. Hosted by Satori Shakoor, the event will include performances by musical guests Dwayne Brown and the Omowale Cultural Society as well as storytellers Daniel Baxter, Carolyn Carter, Alma Greer, Alexander Morgan, Pauline Onyango and Dwight Stackhouse

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

APR 28 Grand Traverse Festival of Collectibles 2019 by Bookbrokers & Kramer's Cafe via @DrDanMcDougall | Author Vendor Request

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Bookbrokers & Kramer's Cafe is hosting the 1st Annual Grand Traverse Festival of Collectibles at the Grand Traverse Mall, in Traverse City on April 28th, Sunday from 12-6 - tables will only be $40, two tables are $70 for all DEALERS, COLLECTORS, ARTISANS/CRAFTERS, & INDIVIDUAL TYPE BUSINESSES ---- AUTHORS will be free on their tables, as well as non-profits (no extra charges for anyone, your sales are your own) - set up is available at 8 am - 8 foot table will be supplied, please bring your chairs, displays, equipment, etc. - thank you!
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

MAR 09 The Bestsellers' Writers' Block Intensive by So It Is Written LLC #michiganwriters #michlit


Date And Time

Sat, March 9, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce
71 Walnut Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48307


Join Tenita "Bestseller" Johnson for an intimate, up close and personal workshop specifically designed with self-publishing authors in mind! Learn how to:
  • Properly outline your book and main ideas to maximize writing time
  • Write to engage the reader instead of boring them
  • Create a killer synopsis and professional bio
  • Self-publish for a fraction of the cost
  • And more!
NOTE: This session is limited to ONLY FOURTEEN (14) seats! Light breakfast and Lunch will be included.

.@LibraryofMich Announces 2019 Michigan Notable Book Awards #michlit

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Edwina Murphy, Michigan Collection Coordinator, LM
Hockey, music, and mermaids are some of the themes in the list of Michigan Notable Books (MNB) for 2019, released by the LM.
This year’s list of 20 titles are as diverse as the communities throughout the state.
Is your library interested in hosting a Notable Book author? Apply by January 31. The application process has been simplified with an online form.
The celebrated books encompass the entire Great Lakes basin from the 1970s Detroit music scene, to wild rice harvesting in Northern Michigan, to the history of Michigan’s own beloved soft drink, Faygo.
“This intriguing collection of books represents a spectrum of Michigan’s people, places and the history that makes our state unique,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said about this year’s list. “I’m continuously impressed by the ever-increasing strength and popularity of the Library of Michigan’s Michigan Notable Book list. The abundance of quality writing generates more interest every year among bookstores, writers, libraries, and readers from all walks of life.
“The more we can instill a love of reading in our communities, the greater our efforts to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years,” Alles said.
Each year, the Michigan Notable Book (MNB) list features 20 books, published during the previous calendar year, which are about, or set in, Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or written by a Michigan author. Selections include a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, that appeal to many audiences and explore topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents.
Two past selections have found even greater notoriety after being named. The 2015 Michigan Notable Book, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, has been made into a Netflix original movie starring Sandra Bullock. The 2010 Michigan Notable Book, The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian, was made into a 2017 film, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.
MNB is a statewide program that began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration, designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places, and things that make Michigan life unique and vibrant.
“The MNB selections clearly demonstrate the rich subject matter Michigan offers to writers,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “Everyone will find something of interest that speaks to their lives or experiences in our great state.”
This year’s MNB selection committee includes representatives from the Library of Michigan; the Library of Michigan Foundation; Muskegon Area District Library; Capital Area District Library; Clinton-Macomb District Library; Cooley Law School; Lansing City Pulse newspaper; Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office; Wayne State University; Michigan Department of Education; Michigan Center for the Book; and the Michigan Humanities Council.
For more information or questions about the Michigan Notable Book program, contact the LM at 517-335-1454, visit, or email
2019 Michigan Notable Books
Abbott by Saladin Ahmed - Boom Studios
While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city’s elite. The hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy. Saladin Ahmed presents one woman's search for the truth that destroyed her family amidst the systemic societal constructs that haunt our country to this day.

Across the Great Lake by Lee Zacharias - University of Wisconsin Press
85-year-old Fern Halvorsen reflects back upon her five-year-old self traveling with her father on a huge and powerful ship with a tall, handsome pilothouse and big smoking stacks. It’s 1936 and he captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across Lake Michigan. The girl revels in the freedom of the ferry, making friends with a stowaway cat and a gentle young deckhand. The sighting of a ghost ship, though, presages danger for all aboard.

Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian - Akashic Books
Set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent summer of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. Beautiful Music is a funny and poignant story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblaze by Lisa McCubbin - Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc
Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the story of a lady thrust onto the world stage. Setting precedents, she refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo—breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Her decision to speak out publicly about her own struggle with addiction sparked a national dialogue and helped to revolutionize treatment and inspired the modern concept of recovery.

Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit by Michael H. Hodges - Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press
Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit tells the story of the German-Jewish immigrant who rose from poverty to become one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Kahn’s work ethic and approach to his craft spurred his influence on both industry and architecture. His willingness to design factories for the Soviets and munition facilities for the U.S government placed the Allied Powers on stronger footing at the outbreak of the Second World War. His proximity to epochal world events makes his life story a tableau of America’s rise to power. Albert Kahn’s designs are reflected in modern buildings today.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow - Harper/HarperCollins Publishers
A fresh take on the awkwardness of being a teenager, Drum Roll Please is a story about a girl who finds that music makes her a stronger person. Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. She finds that with playing music, she doesn’t feel like a mouse. Summer band camp brings on big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. While her rock-and-roll future is in question, she finds her path forward.

Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction by Anne-Marie Oomen, Editor - Wayne State University Press
Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction comes to us from 23 of Michigan’s most well-known essayists. The writings approach Michigan at the atomic level. This is a place where weather patterns and ecology matter. A celebration of the elements, this collection is both the storm and the shelter. Contributors include: Jerry Dennis, Jessica Mesman, Toi Dericotte, Mardi Jo Link, and Keith Taylor amongst many of Michigan’s finest writers.

Faygo Book by Joe Grimm - Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press
Starting with little more than pots, pails, hoses, and a one-horse wagon, Ben and Perry Feigenson reformulated cake frosting recipes into carbonated beverage recipes and launched their business in the middle of the 1907 global financial meltdown. Out of more than 40 bottlers in Detroit’s "pop alley," Faygo remains the last one standing. The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. The Faygo Bookis the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century.

Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities by Wayne Kramer - Da Capo Press
The MC5 reflected the late 60s and early 70s: exciting, sexy, violent, chaotic, and out of control. Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, is a story of the personal struggle of an addict and an artist. From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, from Key West to Nashville and sunny L.A., in and out of prison and on and off drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he’s here to remind us that revolution is always an option.

Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems by Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen - Wayne State University Press
Raised in a ramshackle cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan, a girl takes refuge in her beloved lake in the face of her disrupted homelife. One day she spots a creature in the water, something beautiful and inexplicable. Thus, begins a telepathic conversation between a lost young girl and the mermaid who saves her in more ways than one. Accompanied by powerful illustrations, The Lake Michigan Mermaid offers a tender tale of friendship, redemption, and the life-giving power of water.

Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan by Barbara J. Barton - Michigan State University Press
Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan focuses on the history, culture, biology, and economics surrounding the wild rice plant. The story travels through time from the days before European expansion and winds its way forward in and out of the logging and industrialization eras. It weaves between the worlds of the Anishinaabek and Euro-American immigrants. Barton discusses rice beds that once existed in Michigan, why many disappeared, and the efforts to restore and protect the plant.

Nature's Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt - Sleeping Bear Press
Sara Gwendolen Frostic was born in Sandusky, Michigan in 1906. When she was eight months old, she suffered from an unknown illness that left her with lifelong symptoms similar to cerebral palsy. She went on to attend college, contribute to the war effort in Detroit, and started her own printmaking business. Nature's Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story tells the story behind Gwen's life and art. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.

Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson, Editor and Oliver Uberti, Designer - Grand Central Publishing
In the beginning, there were no editors, agents, or audiences. Book browsers were provided a blank page, an old-fashioned typewriter and the opportunity to express themselves. From such a streamlined foundation sprang the work Notes from A Public Typewriter. Editor and designer have combined their favorite left behind notes with essays and photos to create an ode to community and the written word that will surprise, delight, and inspire.

The Page Fence Giants: A History of Black Baseball's Pioneering Champions by Mitch Lutzke - McFarland & Company, Inc
The Page Fence Giants were an all-star black baseball team based in Adrian, Michigan. From 1895-98, they played teams from local communities, along with games against minor and major league squads and other black baseball nines. In 1896, the Giants won the Black Baseball Championship series. Despite their winning ways, a championship, and a roster that includes one member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this is the first book written about this all-star team.

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark - Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company
When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. It took 18 months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town but could also be about any American city.

The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage, by Keith Gave - Gold Star Publishing
When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around were players from the Soviet Union. What ensued was a series of secret meetings to help enable the players to exit their homeland. This is their story from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap.

Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski - Lorena Jones Books/Ten Speed Press
With 75 recipes the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. The granddaughter of two Detroit natives created a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side where no one leaves empty handed. Those who don’t have money in their pockets can simply cash in a prepaid slice from the “pie it forward” clothesline strung across the window. This unique and fruitful business model is detailed beside tasty recipes.

So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt - Roaring Brook Press
Originally from Ulster County, New York, Sojourner Truth was born into slavery and was sold several times during the course of her life. Yet she possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Withintraces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans.

The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele - HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers
An aspiring journalist, Penelope, teams up with the nerdy boy next door to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other townspeople turn up dead in the woods. Things get weird with townspeople repeating the same phrases verbatim and men in black suits strolling around the main street of a very small northern Michigan town. With help from her parents and friends, she learns that the truth is not always simple.

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha - One World/Random House
“The eyes don’t see what the mind doesn’t know” is a quote from D. H. Lawrence that guided Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s medical training and inspired her medical practice in Flint. This is a book about how the right doctor was in place to discover the elevated lead levels in the children of Flint. The result is a story of how doctors, along with parents and community leaders, discovered the medical crisis in the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Flint was a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for its children.

Friday, February 22, 2019

FEB 28 Book Signing with Liz Crowe at M-Brew #MICHIGNWRITERS #detroitreads #michlit

Date And Time

Thu, February 28, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST


177 Vester Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220


Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, craft beer marketing consultant, brewery founder, an avid sports fan, Liz Crowe will be at M-Brew on February 28th to read from her Brewing Passion romance series.

Liz was a co-founder of Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor and is also a founding member and President of Fermenta: a Women's Craft Collective, providing educational, networking and career-furthering opportunities for women in the beer, wine, and spirits industries. She is currently a beer and wine consultant for Arbor Beverage Company.


The Brewing Passion series will be available for purchase the night of the event. The books follow the stories of a brewery owner, his twin brother, their staff, and their love lives.

Ticket Includes-
Pizza, Pasta, and Salad
6 Flight-sized Drink Tickets
Meet and Greet with Liz

Raffle with Beer Swag Baskets
A percentage of ticket proceeds with be going to Planned Parenthood in Ferndale.
Tap List-
Short's Brewing Company- Hot Loins and Woodmaster
Odd Side Ales- Bean Flicker
Cranker's Brewery - Aphrodisiac
Drafting Table Brewing Company - Only Fools Russian
Austin Brothers Beer Company - Woody's Wheat
Brewery Vivant - Big Red Coq
Petoskey Brewing - Horny Monk
Atwater Brewery- Dirty Blonde
& More!

EVENT: Metro #Detroit: The 2019 Michigan Writing Workshop: May 4, 2019 @writingdaywksp Agents, Learning & Networking... Oh MY! #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit

After successful 2015, 2017, and 2018 events in Michigan, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Michigan Writing Workshop— a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Livonia, MI on May 4, 2019.
This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Michigan Writing Workshop!


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Livonia Novi. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.
This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent & editor faculty so far includes:
  • literary agent Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency)
  • editor Lydia Sharp (Entangled Publishing)
  • literary agent Ella Marie Shupe (Belcastro Agency)
  • literary agent Elana Roth Parker (Laura Dail Literary)
  • literary agent Vicki Selvaggio (Storm Literary)
  • literary agent Bethany Morehead (Hartline Literary)
  • literary agent Laura Crockett (TriadaUS Literary)
  • literary agent Janna Bonikowski (The Knight Agency)
  • and more to come.
By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops, with assistance from local writing groups.


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019 — at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Livonia Novi, 19525 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152.

for more information and to register, please go to

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

MACUL SIGLIB Workshops March 20, 2019 @ Cobo Hall, Detroit VIA @LibraryofMich #michlit #michigan #librarian #readers #literary #event

Karren Reish

FYI about school library related workshops being held at the 2019 MACUL conference. See below for more details.

MACUL SIG LIB is sponsoring five MACUL 2019 Workshops!
1) Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library AM
2) Digital Citizenship in Action! PM
3) Online Resources to Support the Literacy Essentials AM
4) Promoting STEM through Literature PM
5) Designing or Renovating your Makerspace PM/
Wednesday, March 20th, 8:30am-4:30pm
Cobo Center, Detroit, MI, US
Detroit, MI
AM Workshops are from 8:30am - 12:00pm
PM Workshops are from 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Future Ready Librarians - Leading Beyond the Library
AM Session: 8:30am - 12:00pm
A Future Ready Librarian is an integral part of a Future Ready organization. Join Dr. Kristen Mattson, a member of the Future Ready Librarian leadership team and 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader, for this workshop to help you identify your strengths as a leader, your opportunities to make an impact, and to equip yourself with plenty of strategies and ideas for expanding your influence.
Sponsored by Follett.
Digital Citizenship in Action!
PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Expand your concept of digital citizenship education with this workshop designed to help you think beyond rules and risks, while empowering your students to reflect on opportunities, community building, and civic engagement through the use of digital tools. This hands-on, engaging session with ISTE Author and 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader, Dr. Kristen Mattson, will give you plenty of ideas and activities to use with students right away!
Sponsored by Follett.
Online Resources to Support Literacy Essentials
AM Session: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Teacher-librarian Maggie Rohde and the new MeL Engagement Specialist K12, Ann Kaskinen, will look at a variety of online resources that will support the Michigan Literacy Essentials best practices ( Attendees will learn how to use these resources with students and will have some hands-on time to explore. New MeL resources will be included during the presentation as the new MeL contract went into effect October 2018.
Promoting STEM through Literature
PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! Judy Bowling and Kerry Guiliano will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan. All of the STEM through Literature lessons are also available for free.
Designing or Renovating your Makerspace
PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
This hands-on workshop will be led by Nicholas Provenzano, Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Grosse Point Woods and Angela Loewecke, Interior Designer with Demco. If you are looking to create a Makerspace or update an existing space within the next 12-18 months, this workshop is for you. Nicholas and Angela will provide an overview of the renovation of the University Liggett School Makerspace that opened in the fall of 2018. The latter half of this session will provide an opportunity for you to begin working through your Makerspace project plans with guidance from Nicholas and Angela.You will leave this workshop with a plan on how to tackle your Makerspace project.Partnership with SIG PL.
Sponsored by DEMCO.

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