WLMA 2016 Preconference 

Friday, October 14

Morning 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Secondary Book Talks: Keeping up with the Upcoming Titles - Mike Fleming and Diane Ferbrache
Trying to keep it real in the library? Want the hottest, freshest materials to keep your library game on fleek? Join Mike and Diane for a 3-hour reality show as you have an all-access pass into their reading for the last year (it will definitely NOT be “so last year”). You can watch Diane and Mike fight viciously (probably not) and reveal juicy personal details (definitely not). These page-turning biblio-nistas will keep you breathless with anticipation because their recommendations have it all: catfighting, romance, sleaze, action, adventure and most importantly, fantasy. Participants will get a look at the 2016 "must know" fiction and non-fiction YA titles to recommend to teens of all ages (6th-12th grade) in your library/classroom, as well as "hot titles" to keep an eye out for in 2017. Participants will take away an annotated bibliography of suggestions across genres including the typical (Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Historical/Realistic), as well as the not-so-typical (Series & Sequels, Not to Miss Non-Fiction, New Books by Big Name Authors, Quiet Gems, and Middle School appropriate titles).

Diane Ferbrache is the librarian at Hazen High School in Renton, WA. In addition to being at Hazen full time, she is the Library TOSA/Facilitator working with all 22 libraries (& librarians) across the Renton School District. A member of WASHYARG, the Evergreen Award committee, and a reviewer for Unshelved.com, Diane reads both print and ebooks in all genres, but especially enjoys realistic and historical fiction. Born and raised in south Texas, Renton has been home for 22 years. In her spare time, she travels with her husband of 42 years – reading while he fly-fishes. She has two grown sons, one amazing daughter-in-law and an almost 3 year old grandson. This is Diane’s 22nd WLMA conference, and her second time presenting.

Michael FlemingMichael Fleming is the librarian at Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah. He was a member of the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee from 2010-2012, reading well over a thousand YA books during that time. He served on the Morris committee for YALSA, a selection committee that picks the best debut author of the year for YA books in 2013. Then, he was also a member of the Michael L. Printz Award Committee for 2014. He currently is the co-president of WASHYARG, and a member of the Evergreen Award committee. He also reviews books for Unshelved.com, the popular library comic strip. This is Michael's sixth year presenting at WLMA.


Since Time Immemorial
Participants will learn how to produce a plan for how librarians can support their teachers and schools in the implementation of "Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State." Teacher librarians will be able to network with others, become familiar with the STI website and other valuable resources, and participate in at least one demonstration lesson.

Shana Brown

Shana Brown, a Yakama descendant, has been teaching secondary English and social studies for over 25 years. Her experiences growing up on the Yakama Reservation continue to guide her teaching and writing. Shana’s insistence that Indian education is for everyone has taken her on an amazing journey. 

She first became involved formally in Indian education by co-writing Washington State’s now retired state grade level expectations for social studies. Others took notice and the notice allowed her the honor of writing curriculum for several state and national organizations. Highlights of her many writing achievements include lead writer of Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State, now required curriculum for Washington State’s public school students and curriculum for the Regional Learning Project’s Tribal Perspectives of American History in the Northwest. Currently she is the leader of the Pacific Northwest Regional Team for Native Knowledge 360°, an online project for the National Museum of the American Indian. Shana was recently recognized as a 2016 Great Educator by the US Department of Education and is a finalist in the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Media Production in the Mobile Age
This workshop is designed to cram 20 years of working student media projects into three hours. We will explore media production tools, media production apps, the production process, and teaching strategies.

Joe DockeryJoe Dockery teaches digital arts courses at Mount Si High School in the Snoqualmie Valley School  District. He weaves service learning into all aspects of his curriculum to ensure his students receive authentic learning experiences. Dockery also consults and trains nationwide on the use and integration of Adobe software. Joe recently authored “Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC for Video Communication” for Peachpit Press.



Afternoon 1:00-4:00 PM

Washington State Book Awards Super Session
Washington State Book AwardsChildren's choice awards can motivate readers, broaden exposure to diverse literature and provide quality tests to use during lessons. Join representatives from the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Sasquatch Award, Towner Award, Evergreen Award, and the new Otter Award to find out how these titles can be integrated into your library program.




Create, Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect with Google Apps for Education
Learn tips and tricks for using Google Apps to enhance learning in the classroom. We will explore the Google Apps Suite and the many apps and extensions that add even more functionality to the tools.

Martha ThornburghMartha Thornburgh is the Digital Literacy Specialist for the Mount Vernon School District. Martha is both a Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer. She loves the challenge of helping teachers infuse technology into student learning. Martha trains teachers in conventional workshops, online tutorials and modeling in the classroom. She spends time each week working directly with students and teachers. In addition to her district duties, Martha has facilitated workshops at regional, national and international conferences. In her 27 years of teaching, she has had the blessing to teach every grade level from pre-K to 6th grade in places as varied as the Navajo Nation, Texas, Ecuador, Kenya, and Indonesia.



Teaching with Story: Classroom Connections to Storytelling

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald is author of over sixty-five books on storytelling and folklore topics. This workshop will draw from TEACHING WITH STORY: CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS TO STORYTELLING. Margaret, a retired Children’s Librarian, now travels the world telling stories and teaching others to tell. Her recent picture books include PARTY CROC!  and THE BOY FROM THE DRAGON PALACE.

Learn to tell six short audience-participation folktales that you can connect to your school's curriculum. Stories add moments of joy to your day, and a five minute story can fit in anywhere. This is a hands on workshop - you will leave ready to tell! http://www.margaretreadmacdonald.com/