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CLC Session Descriptions

Session 1: (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)

Presented By: Benjamin E. Sapp

Benjamin E. Sapp, Director of the Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay and Instructor of Education, will present about the Mazza Museum.  The Mazza Museum is dedicated to international art from picture books, and is the first and largest museum in the world specializing in the art from picture books.  The presentation will provide information on the history of the Museum, images of original works of art and some stories behind the creating of those works, and programs the Museum provides for people of all ages.  Learn more about the Mazza Museum at

Audience: All Attendees

Session 2: (10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.)

Presented By: Marcy Canterna

Session Title: Nonfiction/Fiction Tie-in to Writing

Session Content: Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, and the Common Core has increased the need for more written examples in all subject areas.  Students can use nonfiction learning for reports to show understanding of concepts, then weave the information into fiction stories.  Picture books and chapter books can be used to supplement information and encourage creativity in writing.  This session will provide examples of using books and classroom work to develop nonfiction and fiction writings for a Science lesson and a Social Studies lesson.

Audience: Educators and Librarians

Presented By: Luke Fetkovich

Session Title: The Business of Self-Publishing a Young Adult Novel

Session Content: You’ve written a young adult novel; now what?  Self-published author Luke Fetkovich will provide an in-depth look at the self-publishing industry, and tips for navigating the industry successfully.  Luke published his first professional novel, Fifteen Minutes, with Booklocker in 2013.

Audience: Educators, Librarians and Writers

Audience: Educators and Librarians

Presented By: Marc Tyler Nobleman

Session Title: “Draw a Story, Write a Cartoon”

Session Content:  No, that title isn’t backward. This writing workshop by author/cartoonist Marc Tyler Nobleman focuses first on drawing readers in by writing compelling opening lines—whether nonfiction or fiction. Learn the four elements that can make that opener stronger—and a few to avoid. Part two focuses on creating humorous cartoon captions. The art of the cartoon is not only the art but also the writing! Crafting a cartoon caption of even a few words requires self-editing, so it’s a step toward the process of longer revision. Focusing on single lines of writing in this way is particularly accessible to and motivating for reluctant writers while simultaneously engaging avid writers.

Audience: Educators, Librarians, Writers

Presented By: Rebecca & John O’Connell

Session Title: Bibliotherapy Bookshelf: Using Picture Books to Facilitate Discussion and Connection

Session Content: What do you do when the emotions inside of you are more than you can express? Books can help.  Sharing a book together can help a child open up and talk about his or her experiences and feelings. This workshop explores how we can use picture books to foster trust and start conversations with students in elementary or middle school. Social worker John O’Connell describes specific instances of books providing comfort or therapeutic breakthroughs, while librarian Rebecca O’Connell presents a booklist of useful books and provides resources for finding more.

Audience: Anyone who works with children

This session has been cancelled

Presented By: Lindsay Schaffer & Mike Colligan

Session Title: Bazinga! A School Guide to Comic Books
Session Content: Ever wonder what makes comics so captivating, why are reluctant readers drawn to comics, graphic novels, and manga? In this session we will examine why comics are so intriguing for students of all ages. What comics, graphic novels and manga will be a great addition to your library or classroom library?  Comics are considered to be motivating, visual and popular amongst your students so why not use them to the best of their abilities to engage your readers.

Welcome to the world of comics! (Capes and masks not required)

Audience: Librarians and Educators

Session 3: (12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)

Presented By: Ashley Barrowman

Session Title: Knowledge, Strategy, and Application of Technology in Pre-Kindergarten Storytime

Session Content: Ashley Barrowman, Early Learning Outreach Specialist with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, will help you discover ways to integrate technology into classroom storytime programs to enhance language and literacy! Attend this session and gain knowledge of how to choose enticing and interactive apps and learn countless strategies on how to incorporate them throughout your literacy programs.

Audience: Educators and Librarians

Presented By: Melissa Marks

Session Title: Integrating Children’s Literature and Social Studies

Session Content: Dr. Melissa Marks, Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, presents this session about integration children’s literature into the social studies curriculum.  Social studies is being marginalized in today’s elementary classrooms; however, research has shown the importance of social studies in developing children’s cognitive and social skills. Integrating social studies and children’s literature allows students to learn about the world, improve their English Language Arts (ELA) skills, and meet the Pennsylvania standards while allowing teachers the time to include social studies in the classroom. This session provides teachers resources and ideas to naturally integrate social studies and English Language Arts (ELA) to provide the best education to students, to meet the ELA standards, and to engage students in learning.

Presented By: Jeff Kuntz

Session Title: Give Your Instruction A Kick In the Pants

Session Content: This presentation will help participants think outside the box when preparing engaging lessons. A wide variety of replicable lessons/projects will be presented that can be adapted for most grade levels in many different settings including school and public libraries. We will look at using Boot Camps, using literature across the curriculum, using music in the classroom, integrated projects and outdoor education.

Audience: Librarians and Educators

Presented By: Dr. Mary Beth Spore

Session Title: Examining the Literary and Pedagogical Value of the Graphic Novel

Session Content: Graphic novels may encourage lifelong readers, but what does the research show?  Research into other pedagogical merit of graphic novels in underway, and early results are surprising. We will take a look at some research into graphic novels as gateways to life-long reading and also examine the literary merits of some texts, including Marc Tyler Nobleman’s Bill the Boy Wonder and Boys of Steel. Discussion is encouraged.

Audience: Librarians and Educators

Presented By: WPA SCBWI (Pat Easton and Marcy Canterna)

Session Title: Introducing the SCBWI Class of 2014-2015

Session Content: Most children think that authors only live in New York or California.  Pennsylvania has a wealth of talented authors and illustrators, and we want to share their newest books with you.  We will discuss each recently published book, and we will talk about the story, the author, and the illustrator.  Then, we will share some suggestions of ways to include the stories in your classroom, at a variety of grade levels and in many curricular areas.  Presented by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (WPA SCBWI).

Audience: Educators, Librarians, Writers

Session 4: (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Presented By: Marc Tyler Nobleman

Session Title: Heroes With and Without Capes

Session Content:  Author Marc Tyler Nobleman ( ) reveals secrets he uncovered and mysteries he solved while researching the first standalone books on the creators of two of the most successful icons of the 20th century, Superman and Batman—a real-life detective story, riveting even for those who couldn't care less about superheroes. At the same time, it's a behind-the-scenes look at how a picture book is built and an eye-opening reminder of the importance of preserving our cultural history before it's too late. Packed with material that fires up students and educators alike and inspires a wealth of classroom application. Part educational, part motivational, all entertaining.

Audience: All Attendees