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OKI Conference 2018:
#ReadLocal - Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard

Thomas More University
Crestview Hills, KY

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018   |   8 am - 4 pm


OKI Conference 2018:
#ReadLocal - Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard

Thomas More University
Crestview Hills, KY

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018   |   8 am - 4 pm


 

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OKI 2018 Keynote Speakers

Ohio

Adam Watkins

Adam Watkins

Author & Illustrator, Raybot and Weebot

Adam Watkins lives in southern Ohio with his wife, Amy and their two kids, Lucy and Fletcher. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004, where he majored in Illustration, studying under C.F. Payne his junior and senior years. After graduation, he worked for an advertising agency in Cincinnati and is now a full-time freelancer. He loves children’s books and the outdoors. Adam is the author and illustrator of R is for Robot, Raybot, and Raybot and Weebot.

 

Kentucky

Author, Heather Henson

Heather Henson

Author, Lift Your Light a Little Higher

Born and raised in Danville, Kentucky, Heather grew up at the Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, founded by her father in 1950. Heather is the author of several award- winning books, including That Book Woman and Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer. After living in New York City where she was an editor for Harper Collins Publishers, she returned home and now resides on a farm near Danville with her husband and three children.

 

Indiana

April Pulley Sayre

April Pulley Sayre

Author & Illustrator, Thank You, Earth

April Pulley Sayre is a photo-illustrator, an award-winning author of over 60 books, and an expert in the fields of writing, science education, children’s literature, and wildlife. She has followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. She and her husband, Jeff Sayre, a native plants expert, love science and adventure, and when not leading tours to Panama’s rainforests, they can be found in their wildlife garden in South Bend, Indiana.

 

Speakers + Workshops


#Read Local: Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard

It's trendy to #eatlocal and #shoplocal so why not #readlocal, as well? Join librarians, educators and lovers of children's literature as we discover the talented authors and illustrators who live in our very own states (and maybe our own neighborhoods). Spend the day getting to know Adam Watkins from Ohio, Heather Henson from Kentucky, and April Pulley Sayre from Indiana.

      2018 Breakout sessions:


    • Coding without Computers Cassondra Vick and Emily Wages,   SWON Libraries

      Participants will learn fun, interactive ideas for teaching computational thinking to small children... and big ones.

      Computers aren't needed to learn how to code, and you don't have to know how either! Learn fun, interactive ideas for teaching computational thinking to small children... and big ones! We'll learn coding games and explore some fun coding toys that teach this new form of digital literacy. Vick is Director of SWON Libraries. Wages is the Emergent Trends & Technology Educator at SWON Libraries.
       

      Handouts for this program can be viewed and downloaded at: swon.li/code-oki18
       

    • Hey, Do You Know What Your Teen is Reading? Valerie Davis,   Campbell County Public Library, Newport Branch

      Teens’ lives and interests are diverse, whether they are looking to see themselves or escape into a different world, there is a book for them. This presentation will explore many different and wide ranging genres and books to let you better understand what your teen is reading. Davis has served on multiple YALSA book committees, including chairing the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award.
       

    • Muddling Through Middle GradePaula Geglein,   Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

      Never has it been a better time to be a Middle Grade reader, but this resurgence has come with an abundance of titles to navigate through. Books once published as Teen are now considered upper Middle Grade, topics once considered taboo are now being addressed, and voices once silent are now being heard. Together, we’ll muddle through the Middle and discover the best 2018 Middle Grade titles.
       

      Handouts for this program can be viewed and downloaded at: swon.li/middlegrade18
       

    • Music and Limberjacks Barb and Russ Childers,   Bear Foot

      Participants will learn DIY methods of homemade music and storytelling to engage youth by using handcrafted limberjacks to reinforce Appalachian folk tales and backyard wisdom.

      Learn DIY methods of homemade music and storytelling to engage youth by using handcrafted limberjacks to reinforce Appalachian folk tales and backyard wisdom. Participants will act and sing. Since the 1980s, Russ and Barb have conducted children's workshops on games, dance, and song; have led school programs on Appalachian music and dance; have created community storytelling programs; and have taught clog dancing workshops.

      Handouts for this program can be viewed and downloaded at: swon.li/music-limberjacks
       

    • New Picture Books You Need to KnowCandace Clark, Susan Kandt & Cindy Yeager,   Boone County Public Library

      We winnowed the field to the best and found titles with thoughtful text and evocative illustrations that should be included in library collections and programming, covering a range of interests, topics and aesthetics.
       

    • Programming on a Shoestring BudgetPamela Jayne,   Boone County Public Library, Florence Branch

      Participants are encouraged to think outside the box as they learn about inexpensive programs for grades K-12 that costs $20 or less & can be executed at most libraries.

      Programming on a budget is possible…if you think outside the box! This workshop will showcase a variety of programming for grades K-12 that costs $20 or less, and can be executed at most libraries.
       

    • Supporting the E in STEM on a BudgetJessica Bowman,   Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

      Participants will learn how to implement three affordable Engineering programs that are easily adaptable to a variety of environments and settings.

      Learn how to implement three budget friendly activities that use common items to communicate the concepts of Engineering and are easily adaptable to a variety of environments and settings. Bowman works in an urban library location and serves on her organization’s Mock Newbery Committee.
       

    • Telling a People's Story: African-American Children's Illustrated LiteratureJason Shaiman,   Miami University Art Museum

      Participants will learn about this first-of-its-kind museum exhibition, featuring original art by African-American illustrators that looks at African-American cultural and historical identity through the lens of children's picture books.

      Learn about this first-of-its-kind museum exhibition, featuring original art by African-American illustrators that looks at African-American cultural and historical identity through the lens of children's picture books. It is now a traveling panel exhibition available for public schools and libraries. Shaiman is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, OH.
       

    • Using Authors as Co-TeachersJennifer Maschari and Jenn Bishop,   Authors

      Join authors Jennifer Maschari and Jenn Bishop as they provide tips for educators on how to “partner” with authors: using books as mentor texts in writing, arranging virtual visits, and making use of extended materials on author websites.

      Gain tips for educators on how to partner with authors using: books as mentor texts in writing, arranging virtual visits, and making use of extended materials on author websites. Leave with ideas and activities that you can use right away. Maschari teaches middle school and is the author of two middle grade novels, The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price and Things that Surprise You. Bishop is the author of two middle grade novels, 14 Hollow Road and The Distance to Home.
       

    • The Wonder of It All: Addressing Anti-bullying Behavior with StoryKevin Cordi,   Ohio Northern University

      Participants will learn how to use the book, Wonder, to address issues of bullying behavior with literature, to generate discussions around the issue of bullying and to use drama and story to question issues and to teach non-violence.

      Learn how to use the book, Wonder, to address issues of bullying behavior with literature, to generate discussions around the issue of bullying and to use “Ensemble Storytelling” to question issues and to teach non-violence. Dr. Kevin Cordi is an Assistant Professor of Education at Ohio Northern University. For over 25 years, he has served as a professional storyteller. He is the author of Playing with Stories: Story Crafting for Writers, Teachers, and Other Imaginative Thinkers.
       

    • Write LOCAL Author PanelFeaturing: Emma Carlson Berne, Mary Kay Carson, Geri Kolesar, Brandon Marie Miller, Kerrie Logan Hollihan, Andrea Pelleschi, Linda Leopold Strauss, and Kathy Cannon Wiechman

      Hear from local authors how their writers’ group helps them grow as writers – with technical advice, goal-setting, inspiration, support (when work isn’t going well and editors seem unreasonable!), and friendship. We are writers of fiction and non-fiction, at all stages of our careers.
       



Past Conferences + Archives


The first Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Children's Literature Conference was held over 20 years ago in 1996 & featured illustrator Will Hillenbrand (who designed OKI's signature mouse!) & children's poet and author J. Patrick Lewis. In 1997, OKI debuted its first theme: "Connecting the World with Books". Since then, it has continued to bring quality authors, illustrators & presenters to the tri-state area for the benefit of teachers, librarians, educators and others serving youth.

Take a peek into OKI's past conference themes, speakers and workshops at the OKI Archive. PDF versions of all past conference brochures are available.

 

Awards + Donations


OKI Charlotte Decker Award:

Established to honor the late Charlotte Decker, this award is designed to encourage others to enrich the lives of children as Charlotte did through a lifetime of work as librarian, Academic Challenge coach, and volunteer in professional organizations promoting the enjoyment of reading among young people. Nominees should be individuals whose extraordinary efforts have encouraged others to support youth literacy through time, service, and philanthropy.

Eligibility + Criteria

Librarians and classroom teachers serving the needs of youth are eligible for this award. To nominate a librarian or classroom teacher, use the online application.

Recipient Recognition

The recipient will be recognized at the OKI Children's Literature Conference and will receive free registration to the conference at which they are recognized.

Previous Recipients of the Charlotte Decker Award (Google Doc)

 

2019 Application Deadline: TBD

 

Tina Moore Memorials

Tina Moore, founder and co-owner of Blue Marble Books (along with her husband, Peter), passed away in 2016.

Tina was one of the tri-state’s most prominent children's literature experts, and friend of a great many children’s book authors and illustrators. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Children's Booksellers (ABC) and was a founding member of the trade organization. She was recognized for her contributions to area literacy with the Silver Gertie Award (1989), and she was named one of the Women of the Year in Northern Kentucky (1995).

The Moore family would be pleased if you would like to make a donation to the OKI Conference in Tina's honor.

To donate, please visit the Tina Moore Memorial donation page on the SWON Libraries website. You will be able to pay via check or credit card.

Donate

 

Questions?


You can contact the OKI Committee by email at oki@swonlibraries.org.

If you have any questions about or problems with the registration process, please contact SWON Libraries Consortium at info@swonlibraries.org or call 513-751-4422.

Special Accommodations: Our goal is to make our programs accessible to everyone. Please request ADA services at least two weeks in advance of the conference by contacting Dr. Barbara L. Zahler at 859-344-3358.