Executive Committee Met Yesterday

The main order of business was to develop a budget for KASL to present to Council in April. The officers discussed KASL’s priorities as a section of KLA, budget, leadership, attendance at district workshops, and brainstormed ideas for activities. Our plan is to make the merger as seamless as possible so that our members can continue to enjoy the things they value most about KASL while having access to the benefits KLA can offer. We will talk about specifics as the year goes along on the list and at the district workshops.

We also really enjoyed each other’s company, and most of us were able to eat supper together at Hays House after the meeting.

Secretary Rachel Yoder takes notes

Lucas Loughmiller, President Elect; Marla Wigton, Past President; Julie Doyen, Assistant Treasurer

Photos by Martha House
AASL National Conference

Tonya Foster was the AASL Conference Grant winner and accompanied Past President Marla Wigton to Phoenix.

Marla Wigton, Victoria Jamieson, Tonya Foster

Meeting authors is a highlight of AASL

Tonya and Marla represent!

Photos provided by Marla Wigton
Kansas Library Conference 2017

Marla Wigton put effort into the leader board, and it paid off!

KS librarians connect with each other at Conference


Julie Doyen promotes KASL with merchandise

Photos by Marla Wigton
Kansas Library Conference 2017: KASL Membership Meeting

School Librarians register for the gift baskets Marla Wigton made for them

Ruth McCauley

Kelly Frederick

President Martha House and Past President Marla Wigton

AASL President Steven Yates

Gail Becker

Rachel Yoder, Secretary

Julie Doyen, Assistant Treasurer

Terri Tasker checks out the Gift Baskets

Kristy Oborny

Marla Wigton, Past President


Karen Wilson


Cindy Rogers

Photos by Marla Wigton and Martha House
Kansas Library Conference 2017: KASL Luncheon

KS School Librarians enjoy each others’ company

Marla Wigton created the table decorations


President Martha House

President’s Distinguished Library Media Specialist Award Winner, Amy Brownlee

Vision Award Winner, Brenda Lemon

Brenda and Amy pose with their awards

Photos by Martha House and Marla Wigton
Kansas Library Conference 2017: Closing Keynote Dr. Humor

Dr. Stuart Robertshaw also conducted a session called Laughter Yoga: Jest for the Health of It.

Dr. Humor

Book Signing

Photos by Marla Wigton
Kansas Library Conference 2017: Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn’s Thursday afternoon session, My Life as a Writer

Mary Downing Hahn discusses her writing life with Bev Buller and other KS librarians

Speaking at the KASL luncheon about her work

Sherri McBee, Mary Downing Hahn, Marla Wigton, KASL Past President

Signing her work

The line goes on and on

Shelia Blume, Mary Downing Hahn

Photos by Marla Wigton and Martha House
KASL Award Recipients

2017 KASL Vision Award, Brenda Lemon

“To recognize individuals in or out of the profession who has contributed to the vision of Kansas school library media centers.”

Brenda Lemon is the K-12 Library Media Specialist for the Chapman School District. She has developed an exceptional library program in her district that gives vision to other schools as to what a librarian can do. Brenda is a leader in technology and an expert on young adult novels. She is very involved with the Kansas Association for School Librarians (KASL) where she currently serves as treasurer.

She has been a presenter at the state and national level for both technology and literary topics. She trained our KASL Council on how to use Google Drive and trained others on Google Classroom. She has encouraged others to get Google certified like she is and to share this knowledge with the staff you serve. This past year she developed her own EdCamp and had many attend from not only her district but others around the state.

“Brenda Lemon is the kind of librarian who is not content to just do what is expected. She moves the library profession forward with her knowledge, ideas, and professional training.”                                                                                 -Marla Wigton-


2017 KASL President’s Distinguished Library Media Specialist Award, Amy Brownlee

“To recognize an individual working in a school district of the library media profession who has developed an outstanding library media program for his/her district, and has made an outstanding contribution to school librarianship and school library media development in Kansas.”

Amy is the K-12 library media specialist for USD 376 in Sterling, KS.

Amy has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a study trip to Africa, received the Beta Phi Mu Achievement Award from Emporia State University in 2002, and been a member of the William Allen White Children’s Book Award Selection Committee. Amy has presented numerous times at KASL Annual Conferences as well as at the SCKLS Summer Reading Workshop, KASL District IV Workshop, and KAMLE Symposium. She has written and received numerous grants to supplement her school library program. Amy has also had several articles published in the School Library Monthly.

Amy maintains an awesome Library Website where she posts pictures and projects that her students have completed. She has a Wiki page and she has created numerous links for her students to use.

“I admire Amy as a person and as a Library Media Specialist. She has worked very hard to create a model library program in a “one-lady” district library program. She is truly deserving to be awarded the KASL President’s Distinguished Library Media Specialist Award!”                                                                                                                                   -Linda Glaze-

Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback has announced the 7th annual Kansas Book Festival will take place 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Kansas State Capitol. The festival will feature current authors and books and is focused on enforcing the importance of reading.

“Our mission is to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading. The festival is one of the key ways that we are able to live out our mission,” Brownback said. “We have a great lineup assembled of locally and nationally known authors and illustrators that everyone will enjoy. And as always, there is something for everyone.”

Last year’s event drew an estimated 2,000 people at last year’s event. Headlining this year’s event will be children’s author Andrea Davis Pinkney (“A Poem for Peter”). Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction. Among her list of accolades are multiple Coretta Scott King awards and American Library Association Notable Book citations.

Thirty authors are set to speak, including Candice Millard (“Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill”), Tom Clavin (“Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and the Wickedest Town in the American West”) and Joshilyn Jackson (“Almost Sisters” and “The Opposite of Everyone”). Along with author presentations, there will also be additional authors featured as vendors, book sales and signings, entertainment, live music, appearances by storybook characters Clifford and Curious George and activities for children of all ages. This event is free and open to the public.

A list of authors has been posted for the Kansas Book Festival – www.kansasbookfestival.com. Many are Kansas Notable Book authors. For more details concerning the Kansas Book Festival, please visit www.kansasbookfestival.com or www.facebook.com/KansasBookFestival.

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