Februay PD

Here are the Continuing Ed events for February that are specific to school libraries. I have also included a link to the complete general calendar for the month that includes many more events covering the broader scope of libraries and management. Thank you to our Wyoming neighbors for this information.


YALit Class

Spring is coming, so it must be time for the New Young Adult Literature class. I’ve included the MIDAS and JPLS course numbers on the enclosed graphic.  If you can share this with your teachers, that would be great.  The course is designed for anyone who likes books – what subject they teach doesn’t matter. Last year I had a PE teacher and a school counselor join!

Contact Cindy Mitchel Cindy Mitchell (cindy.mitchell@jordandistrict.org) for more information

Coding Grant


What do the authors Ellen Oh, Karl Beckstrand and Frank Cole all have in common?


Ellen Oh is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, the groundbreaking, grassroots non-profit organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

She is also the author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King) for young adults.


Publisher and speaker Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 21 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. He has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy.

Since 2004 he has run Premio publishing focusing on multicultural YA fiction, e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish language & bilingual picture books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guide), short stories, wordless books, Up-lit, and activity STEM books (astronomy, zoology, ecology) feature diverse characters in vivid color.

Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted. Potion Masters The Transparency Tonic is Frank’s 11th published book.

All three will be at our conference on March 06. Will you? Register and get more information on our UELMA.org and Conference pages.