May 2024

Volume 5.4

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Kristi Sartain


President’s Corner May 2024

It’s summer! I hope everyone is able to take some time over the next couple of months and relax and refresh. It always takes me about a week to get the lazy out. I do nothing for the week after teacher workdays except sit on my comfy chair and read or doom scroll on TikTok. I am really looking forward to going to ALA in San Diego this summer. I have never been west of San Antonio, so this is a huge trip for me! I’ll also be touring eastern NC as part of the NCBOLD road show. I highly recommend attending an NCBOLD day near you. It’s a great PD opportunity and a way to learn what’s going on in the Tech World at DPI. You can register here. It’s free and they provide lunch! And there are a few NCSLMA members who will be presenting! Make sure you read carefully because there are two days at each location and one is for the tech sessions and one is for data managers. 

I wanted to share this research opportunity from Nancy Cravey and Michell McNeill. 

Researching for Change: Let's Elevate Our School Libraries!

Recent events have put a spotlight on our school libraries in North Carolina, highlighting the crucial need to advocate for our programs and the amazing folks running them. To make our case stronger, we're diving into research, and we need your help!

Nancy Cravey (Guilford County) and Michell McNeill (Harnett County) are teaming up to explore how our school library programs impact student achievement. We're digging into circulation data and library programming to see what really makes a difference.

What's on Our Radar:

Circulation and Success: Ever wonder how checking out books affects grades? We're on it!

Flexible vs Fixed Programming: Is flexibility the key to engagement? Let's find out!

We're looking for partners with access to district-wide data on test scores, library schedules, and circulation stats. Your insights will shape our research and help us advocate better.

Mark your calendars for June 18th at 4:00! We're meeting virtually to brainstorm ideas and kickstart this project. Interested? Shoot a message to Nancy Cravey at and/or Michell McNeill at to join in.

Let's join forces to show the world the true value of our school libraries. Together, we can make a real impact on student success!



Spotlight on Region 3:  NCSLMA partnered with NCAE to support the school librarians in Franklin County. You can view the report from the event here.  20 librarians from Wake, Granville,  Durham, an independent school in Orange county, and Franklin county showed up at the May 13th school board meeting.  After the public comments session was over Chris Tuttell led her first in person meet up with Region 3 librarians.

Spotlight on Region 4: Jenni Clark, media coordinator at Ben Martin Elementary in Cumberland County hosted the school’s first Free Book Fair.  Teaming up with 3 community partners, every student in the school was able to take home 5 new or gently used books to keep forever!  The turnout was great and the support was incredible.

Spotlight on Region 5: We are already planning our December PD.. We are hoping for even more sessions this year and we have already chosen a date. Mark your calendars to attend For The Love of Libraries. Regional professional development 

DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Updates

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the treads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”- Maya Angelou 

The DEI committee will be meeting virtually over the summer to begin developing this section of NCSLMA. The goal is to address DEI issues as they arise, to bring awareness & offer resources  and to facilitate professional learning opportunities related to DEI.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let me know by completing this form.

Looking forward to working with you!

Advocacy & Governance

Book Programs

Bad news coming out of Raleigh! Senate Bill 90 is back in play. Originally introduced in July 2023, SB90 was supposed to focus on appropriate student search parameters, but was expanded to include unrelated and restrictive legislation regarding school assignment, instructional materials, library materials, and health education. Instead of being reintroduced as a single bill again, this time around our legislators are planning to break the massive bill into small sections and tuck those sections into other legislation that is more likely to pass. NCSLMA denounces this all-too-common method of getting divisive legislation passed.

SB90 will impede our students’ basic right to read, negate the education and experience school librarians bring to our schools, and expand the division we have seen grow between parents and educators. We cannot allow his dangerous tactic to succeed. If you would like to read the full bill, you may access it HERE.

Please be on the lookout for Calls to Action in your email inbox in the coming weeks. We need our voices to be heard!

Lucy Wilcox

Congratulations to the 2024 Middle School Battle of the Books state champion team, Lewisville Middle School from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools! On Friday, May 3rd, they won the top spot, while Valle Crucis School from Watauga County Schools took the runner-up spot, and Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School from Buncombe County Schools secured third place.

A huge thank you to Fayetteville Technical Community College for hosting the competition free of charge to NCSLMA, and to My BOB Team for sponsoring the trophies and medals for the state champion and runners-up. @faytechcc @mybobteam

Congratulations to the 2024 High School Battle of the Books state champion team, East Mecklenburg High School of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Stacy Hersey

Membership Updates

Professional Growth

Our Summer Learning Series and Boot Camp are just around the corner.  Keep an eye on the horizon for the Event Invitations.

Awards, Grants, & Scholarships

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominees and applications for the Awards, Grants, and Scholarships! Notifications will go out on Friday, May 31st except for Media Coordinator of the Year. Those applications are due June 5, 2024. Notifications will go out on Saturday, June 15th!

Member Highlights

Check out the awesome work and events happening at Northwest Collegiate & Technical Academy located in Halifax County.  Northwest's Collegiate and Technical Academy's librarian, Mrs.  Jacquelyn Ruffin-Pittman has created an informative newsletter highlighting all the hard work that has been going on  including their High School Battle of the Books competition.  For more information read her newsletter here

Read on below for a book review submitted by Madelyn Hugh, SLMC at Cook Literacy Model School in Winston-Salem, NC

Colorful, inclusive, and a bit chaotic: Bathe the Cat is fun for all 

Bathe the Cat written by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by David Roberts is a colorful story of a family trying to get the house clean for grandma’s visit. They use magnetic letters to write out a chore list on the refrigerator: mow the lawn, mop the floor, and bathe the cat. Bathe the cat?! The feline family member is not pleased and scrambles up the letters, causing chaos and confusion. Feed the floor? Scrub the fishes? But hurry! The family has to figure it out before grandma comes at 2 o’ clock! Younger learners are sure to love the hilarity that ensues and the diverse family structure represented in these pages is a beneficial mirror for students who don’t often see their families represented in picture books. This book pairs well with Bad Dog by Mike Boldt and Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall for a cat-themed unit. Bathe the Cat is available on the SORA app through NC Kids Digital Library.

NCSLMA Sections

Director: Faith Huff

Director: Lucy Wilcox

Awards, Grants, Scholarships
Director: Leslie Pope

AASL Delegates

Laura Aldridge & Sarah Justice

Book Programs
Director: Stacy Hersey

Director: Brene Duggins

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Director: Vacant

Regional Directors:
Lead: Lori Munroe

Social Media
Director: Alicia Luke

Director: Vacant


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