Repurposed Book Art Contest

Do you have piles of well-loved but tattered and now discarded books?
Turn them into art – flowers, clothing, furniture, table art – the sky’s the limit!
Enter your creations in the Repurposed Book Art Contest.
Win a Grand Prize of a $50 gift certificate from King’s English!
Great way to replace those worn copies that you used!
Members will vote on the Conference favorite by the start of lunch so the winner can purchase books from the Book Sales at the conference.
We can’t wait to see your creations! See you at the UELMA Conference!
Need some Inspiration? Check out Pinterest!

Presidents Message February 2018

It’s hard to believe that our annual UELMA Conference is right around the corner on March 9th! We are excited to welcome you to another conference at the beautiful Utah Cultural Celebration Center.  Please remember to register at UELMA.org.  Our dedicated and talented conference committee, chaired by our past-president Sarah Herron, has been working hard to bring you a great event!  

This newsletter is dedicated to our upcoming conference and it is full of useful information to help you prepare for a wonderful, fun and educational experience. We encourage you to invite your administrator, supervisor or even a teacher that you work closely with to attend with you.

 Don’t forget to enter our fun conference book art competition. paper turkey The book art “Turkey” went viral on social media around Thanksgiving last year so search around for a fun project or be original. You can win a $50 gift certificate from King’s English! We are excited to see what you’ll create!

This year we hope that you have found new ways to stay connected locally and nationally. Did you know there’s a Face Book group for Future Ready Librarians (14k+ members)?  There is also one called “Fellowship of High School Librarians” (645 members and growing). I have gleaned a lot of helpful information from networking on social media, blogs, websites and more. Whether we are in a public, private or charter school, these online resources help to supplement our professional development and library programs.

Our new UELMA.org website has been launched.  We are so excited to bring you a more streamlined look and navigational experience! Thank you to Chris Haught, our Southern Utah Liaison board member, and our UELMA Webmaster, Liz Petty, for helping us to make this smooth transition and to the UELMA board for their suggestions and input.  

The UELMA board wants to continue to strengthen connections with our membership. We recognize that in every part of our beautiful state, you work tirelessly to support student literacy and learning.  We have found a wonderful conference service project that will support a rural Utah school library with adequate and safe book shelves!

Finally, I’d like to thank all of you for supporting UELMA for the 2017-2018 year.  As my UELMA presidency comes to an end, I am able reflect how my journey started, and it was simply because I wanted to serve you. I started as a UELMA board member when I was only a 3rd year teacher librarian over three years ago.  Wow!  But, I can attest that I have grown professionally and personally and most importantly I’ve been privileged to work with the best people on the UELMA board and I consider them my friends. We would like to extend heartfelt farewell to our wonderful Executive Director, Larry Jeppesen, who will be retiring.  He has tirelessly kept UELMA functioning in the background with unwavering dedication and expertise.  We need you to serve with us! Please consider being a future board member or president-elect. If I can do it, so can you!

Next year I will be the 2019 UELMA Conference Chairperson and Lorraine Wyness who is our incoming 2018-2019 UELMA President will bring her talent and dedication to lead us onto to great things.  

UELMA is striving to be Future Ready!  

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UELMA President 2017-2018

UELMA Conference 2018 Keynote Speakers

 

We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the

UELMA 2018 Conference!

 
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Shannon McClintock Miller
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Craig Seasholes

Shannon is THE Future Ready Librarian guru. She is an author, teacher librarian, international speaker and consultant, the 2016 ISTE Make It Happen Recipient, and a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalist. This past February, Shannon was named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians. Read about Shannon in this School Library Journal article and check out her blog, The Library Voice . Shannon will be joining us via Skype.  Craig is an elementary teacher-librarian in Seattle, Washington. He has been president of the Washington Library Media Association several times as well as an AASL director for the Pacific Northwest (Region 8). He blogs at Booksmansbytes and is active @craigseasholes on Twitter.

 

We are fortunate that Craig will be the “Sage on the Stage” with Shannon during the keynote.

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UELMA Board Members with Shannon and Craig at AASL

Erin Summerill at UELMA!

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family finally settled down in Utah. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she’s busy chasing after her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens.

 

Pamela S Turner at UELMA!

womanI was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl “PAMELA.” When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red glow on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside—a rather hot part of Southern California. I was forced to sweat through many books, and not just because I was worried about the hero.
The first thing I can remember wanting to be is a children’s author. I also loved animals. We had a dog and a big outdoor cage full of doves. My good friend, Jenny, lived on a dairy farm and it was critter heaven for me. We would jump her horses bareback over bales of hay and ride for miles in the hills.

Continue reading here……

 

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Jean Reagan at UELMA!

 

womanJean Reagan is a picture book author from Salt Lake City. Her “HOW TO” series, which started with HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA and HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA (illustrated by Lee Wildish), regularly makes the New York Times Bestseller and the Indie Bestseller lists.

The Christmas book, HOW TO CATCH SANTA, was a #1 NYTimes Bestseller.  Her most recent books are HOW TO RAISE A MOM and HOW TO GET YOUR TEACHER READY.

Jean’s first picture book, ALWAYS MY BROTHER (illustrated by Phyllis Pollema-Cahill), was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.   Her Grandma book won the Beehive Book Award.

Each summer she and her husband serve as wilderness volunteers in Grand Teton National Park, living without water or electricity.  To learn more about Jean, her books, or her summer “gig,” visit www.jeanreagan.com

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The Lonely Librarian-a world of desperate isolation

emilee head shotAs a charter school librarian I often feel isolated and alone.  I don’t have a district meeting to attend I have no other librarians with which to collaborate.  I know I learned how to weed and build a curriculum during my library endorsement but learning and hands on are a different story.   I am eternally grateful for UELMA.  It has given me a place to ask questions, learn skills and make friends with other librarians.   If you are a lonely librarian such as I, or you know other librarians who might feel lonely please reach out to me at emccoy@paradigmhigh.org.  

Also please introduce them to our lovely organization of UELMA.  Our focus on the board is to reach out and let you know we are not alone but also give you resources to make you a better librarian regardless of your schooling or previous background.  I love what I do and want to be able to share and collaborate with amazing teacher librarians like you.  Thank you for promoting a love of learning.   I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Written By Emilee McCoy