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Best of the Best 2013

 2013 Best of the Best Postcard
CCYAL and KCPL Present:
The Best of the Best 2013 Workshop
Friday, July 19, 2013
East TN History Center in downtown Knoxville
Half day - $25
Full day - $50
8:30am - 9:00am  Meet and Greet with Coffee
9:00am - 12:00pm Books for Birth through Grade 6
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Books for Grades 6-12

Participants provide their own lunch and parking. Certificates of Attendance will be available and a book sale will be offered throughout the day. 

Registrants may pay by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature and mailed to Mary Pom Claiborne's attention at Knox County Public Library 500 W. Church Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Come sign up on the day of. We'd love for you to join us.
Meet the Presenters:

Julie Danielson  received her degree in Information Sciences from UT in 2002. Most recently, she was the librarian at theTennessee School for the Deaf but now works from home near Nashville and is the editor and blogger of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a blog focused primarily on picture books and illustration. She has also done freelance writing, including writing for The Poetry Foundation and ForeWord Magazine. She is currently co-authoring a book on the untold stories of children's literature and their creators, which was published by Candlewick in 2012.

Lisa Meidl received her Master's Degree in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee in 2009. She grew up in the East Tennessee area, the daughter of educators, and is married to Bill Meidl with whom she has three fine sons. She has been a user of libraries her entire life and considers her position as librarian at Willow Brook Elementary School in Oak Ridge to be the best job in the world,  with the best students in the world!   

Emily Davenport received her Master's Degree from the UT School of Information Sciences and is currently the librarian at Carter High School. She serves on the board for the Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature, lives in Jefferson City, TN and reads Young Adult literature voraciously. 

Angela M. Hoffman is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee's Master's program in Teacher Education with a focus in English Education at the secondary level. She completed her pre-service teaching internship at Gibbs High School and the L&N STEM Academy. In her downtime, she reads and reviews young adult novels. Angela is a ranked reviewer on and an active member of Goodreads book review community. In addition, she is section chair of the children's and young adult division of Friends of the Knox County Public Library's annual used book sale. Angela uses her ten years of working with children (first as a health educator and now as a teacher) to help inform how she reads and thinks about young adult books.

Beth Jackson has been a school librarian since 1977, serving three years in Knoxville at Pond Gap before moving to Athens, TN and working at Westside School in Athens from 1980 until the present. Beth served on the 2008 Newbery Committee and has attended numerous ALA and other Children's Literature Conferences. Her husband and three children are the joy of her life and books are among her best friends.

Scot Smith received his MLS degree from the University of Tennessee. He is currently the Library Media Specialist at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, TN. He has taught courses in children's and young adult literature for the School of Information Sciences (SIS) since 1999. In 2008 he received a Lifetime Service Award from the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. In 2010, he was presented the SIS Distinguished Alumni Award. In his spare time, Scot reads Young Adult literature voraciously. 

The Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee believes that literature is essential to the literacy, learning, social, emotional and aesthetic development of young people. 

Guided by this belief, it is the mission of the Center to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents, to current and future teachers and librarians, to members of the community, and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines. The Center is housed in the School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee.