Culturally Responsive Teaching

Dawnnesha Lasuncet, Oregon Department of Education

During this three-hour preconference session, participants will engage in:

  • Examining three levels of educational discourse within the socio-historical/-political context of American education
  • Introductory knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy through a liberatory framework
  • Understanding the difference between culturally inclusive and culturally authentic texts

Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Book Repair Workshop

Connie Edgar, Corban University

During the 90-minute session, Connie will discuss how to assess a book that needs to be repaired, go over the various vendors that supply book repair items, and provide hands-on time to actually repair a book. She will share with us what type of supplies to keep on hand and how to use them. Also, Connie will discuss different ways you can protect your books as you are processing them to help them last longer.

Bring a few books from your library to mend during the session. Participants will also be given a supply kit with basic sample supplies to help them with book repairs. It will be a great time of learning more about an important skill that you can use in your library.

There is a materials charge of $10.00 for the workshop. You must register for this session in order to attend.

Group size is limited to 15 participants, so there will be two 90-minute sessions.

Friday, 9:00 am to 10:30 am OR 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Booktalks for Secondary

Booktalk Session

Sonja will pack in a plethora of fast-paced, tantalizing young adult booktalks with suggestions for readers from 8th grade to new adult. This high energy, multi-media, varied presentation will cover all reading tastes, from fantasy to realistic, and from simple to multilayered and challenging. Participants will receive a printed list to help them keep track and make purchases when they return to their libraries.


Sonja Somerville is the Teen Services Senior Librarian at Salem Public Library, building over the past 8 years on previous careers as a newspaper reporter, grant writer, marketing specialist, and volunteer coordinator. She has always liked to talk about what she reads and has started a book club everywhere she has lived as an adult. Book talking is one of her favorite activities. She is a wide-ranging reader who likes to find and share hidden gems and diverse voices. Her booktalking style is fast-paced and high energy so she can pack in as many great stories as time will allow.

Friday, 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm

Booktalks for Elementary

Booktalk Session

Teena and Anna will tag team to present the latest and greatest books for elementary-age students.


Teena Nelson (top picture) has worked 20 years for the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, Oregon and has seen libraries take amazingly huge steps in serving children and adults over those years. Card catalogs were still a thing when she began! She taught preschool for many years, learning Montessori-style teaching. She married a fisherman and traveled with the small boat fishery up and down the west coast. She home schooled her children while on the road. She now lives in Siletz, Oregon, has 4 daughters and 14 grandchildren, and has multiple library children who greet her everywhere she goes. Audio books are a passion -- driving an hour each way to work generates that. She encourages youth to listen to audio books, and has helped make strong readers by this advice. Art and music combined with stories make a perfect story time.

Anna Monders (bottom picture) has been the booktalk specialist for Jackson County Library Services in Southern Oregon for the past five years. She presents booktalks to over 5000 kids a year, primarily in fourth to sixth grade. She’s thrilled when kids in her audience swarm the school library or go home and beg their parents to take them to the public library. Many of her booktalks are available on The Booktalk Blog. (Photo credit: Eagle Point MS Facebook page)

Friday, 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm