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The Gift of Story with John Schu

May 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT

Time:  9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Registration starts at 8:30 am)

Cost:  Free

Lunch included


Mr. Schu (John Schumacher) will present The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life. This session studies the five affective elements of story — healer, inspiration, clarifier, compassion, and connector. Participants will explore how the universal truths found in stories can change us, inspire the readers we support, connect readers to each other, answer our deepest questions, and promote healing. Each attendee will receive a copy of Mr. Schu’s book,  The Gift of Story.


Sharon Fox Self-care and the librarian: How to prevent burnout and keep enthusiasm and energy up (Sharon will be virtual)

John Schu is the children’s librarian for Bookelicious, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and shares his love of reading with countless educators and students around the world. He served as the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs for almost 6 years. He is the author of This Is a School (Candlewick Press,2022) illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison, This Is a Story (Candlewick Press, 2023) illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, and The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life (Stenhouse,2022). He is a contributor to The Creativity Project (Little, Brown, 2018), edited by Colby Sharp. John Schu lives in Naperville, Illinois.

Sharon Fox earned her MSLIS from Syracuse University (2010) and is now happily working as a K-6librarian in the Port Jervis City School District. She is proud to be working with Project Look Sharp as a Collaborative Activity Production Leader as well as through the Librarians as Leaders for Media Literacy initiative. Best known in the library world for her lesson plan templates, Sharon has presented at NYLA, NYLA/SSL, NYSCATE, Hudson Valley area BOCES, North Country area BOCES, and at family dinners when information literacy interventions were necessary.

Link to register in Wincap:

2022 – 2023 SLS Professional Development

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May 24
9:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT
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