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Church & Synagogue Library Association Conference

Kent State School of Library and Information Science is pleased to host the 2016 Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA) conference, July 27-29, 2016.

This year's conference theme is "Tell Your Story." During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to listen to some amazing keynote speakers and attend workshops on a wide range of topics that include building an exemplary collection for your library, marketing, and storytelling. At Author Teas, you can meet and talk with authors, and even get an autograph. Exhibitors at the conference will be ready with information on resources to support your library or materials you may want to add to your collection. And of course, you’ll have ample time for networking and fellowship with other attendees and conference presenters.

Keynote speakers include:

Lindsay Bonilla, an avid writer of poetry, picture books, skits, magazine articles and even screenplays. She has four published children's books (Lily and the City of Light, Lily and the Return to Htrae, 'Twas the Year Christ Left Christmas, and O Christmas Tree) and two DVD films, Flight to India and Voyage to Russia, based on some of her most popular storytelling programs. For more information, visit

Dandi Daley Mackall, an award-winning author of more than 450 books for children of all ages, with sales of 4 million copies in 22 countries. The Silence of Murder was winner of the 2012 Edgar Award and ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013. Recent picture books with Sleeping Bear Press include Legend of Ohio, Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story (Notable Book; Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People National Council of Social Studies & Children's Book Council; winner of the Angel Award and the “Award of Excellence” from Chicago Book Show) and A Girl Named Dan (her own “batboy” story, and a lesson on Title IX; 2 Mom’s Choice Awards & Amelia Bloom Award). For more information, visit

Shelley Pearsall, whose first book, Trouble Don't Last (2002), received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Her third novel, All of the Above, and most recent, The Seventh Most Important Thing, were both ALA Notable Books. Her books often appear on state reading award lists and “best of” lists. For more information, visit

For more information and registration, download the CSLA promotional packet or visit the CSLA conference website.