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Spring Symposium 2021

  • Tuesday, April 06, 2021
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • virtual


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We look forward to seeing you at MASL's Virtual Spring Symposium!
All sessions included in the registration price of $25 for members (non-members $35) for up to 15 Contact Hours. Sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants. Sessions will be held on the following dates and times (Zoom links will be sent to registrants in March):
April 6 at 4 pm: Keynote session featuring Ellen Oh 

April 7 at 12 pm: Authors Brown Bag Lunch session  featuring Maria Padian, Josephine Cameron, and Samara Cole Doyon. For more information and to preorder books at a 20% discount, visit

April 7 at 4 pm: Mallory Cook & Becca Cole with Amy Denecker: Leaders for Just Schools Curriculum

April 8 at 7 pm: Nancy Watson & Michele Benoit: Think, Create, Share, Grow: How collaborating with a willing teacher makes all the difference

April 13 at 4 pm: Iris Eichenlaub & Patti Forster: Centering Diverse Experiences: Decolonizing the curriculum with books written by diverse authors

April 13 at 7 pm: Corrie Calderwood with Karen Silverman: Pronouns & Gender Issues in Schools

April 14 at 12 pm: Beth Fuller PebbleGo K-3 Research and Literacy Schoolwide

April 14 at 4 pm: Leanne Oren & Cidney Mayes: Utilizing Social Media in a Blended Library Model to Engage Patrons

April 15 will be a full day of events:

11 am: Pender Makin, Maine Commissioner of Education

1 pm: President's Town Hall with Jennifer Stanbro, MASL President

2 - 4 pm: Exhibitors' Forum including Capstone booktalks by Beth Fuller: 2:30-3 Books for Grades K-5 and 3:30-4 Books for Grades 6-8

4 pm: Building Cultural Competency & Allyship in Maine Students
"How do I teach diversity when my community has little diversity?" is a question asked across the state. This question reflects an understanding of the imperative to prepare Maine children for living in a diverse America and a global community. Deqa Dhalac, the Family Engagement and Cultural Responsiveness Specialist at the Maine DOE, Dr. Krista Aronson of Diverse BookFinder, and Kirsten Cappy of I'm Your Neighbor Books explore what BIPOC children need in settings where they are the minority, what all students gain from building their cultural competency, how cross-group friendships and allyship are modeled, and how books can play in role in each of these educational experiences. 

5:30 pm: Joe Schmidt, Social Studies Content Specialist, Maine DOE and friends: Native American/Wabanaki Roundtable

7 pm: Annual Awards Presentation & Symposium Closing with prizes

Thanks to EBSCO, Junior Library Guild, Mackin, and Perma-Bound for their generosity in helping to sponsor Ellen Oh's appearance!

Please note that we can not offer refunds for our events. Recorded sessions will be made available to registrants. Beginning March 22, all payments must be made online at time of registration.

MASL's 2022 Spring Symposium "Moving Forward Together" will take place in person at Bangor High School on May 14, 2022 from 8:30 to 4. All attendees will be required to wear masks and be vaccinated.

We are thrilled to announce that we will host two virtual speakers: school librarian Nancy Jo Lambert and author Maia Kobabe. We also plan to present live sessions. Lunch and other light refreshments will be provided.

2022 Spring Symposium Schedule:


Check in, breakfast, exhibitors, networking


Opening: President’s Address, Awards Presentations






Keynote: Nancy Jo Lambert


Lunch, exhibitors, networking


Keynote: Maia Kobabe


Break, cookies, exhibitors, networking




Unconference Discussion Groups


Scholarship raffle, exit survey, certificates

We do reserve the right to convert this conference to virtual format if COVID conditions necessitate doing so. Registration and payment must be completed online. Registration is $50 for members, $65 for non-members. Scholarships to cover registration or lodging expenses are available for MASL members. More information will be forthcoming about lodging options. 

To cancel your registration you must contact Cancellations after 4/30/22 will forfeit the registration fee. 

MASL would like to thank our sponsors: Capstone, Paul & Rosalie DiCrescenzo, Ebsco and Gale for their generous support of this conference.


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