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How to Get Your Book on the Library Shelf:

A Panel Discussion


Manuscript Critique Session

January 17, 2009


Panel Discussion: 10:00 a.m. – noon

Critique Session: Noon – 2:00 p.m.


North Kansas City Public Library

2251 Howell St, Kansas City, MO 64116

Are you a writer?  Have you ever wondered:

  How librarians decide what books to buy?

  What you can to do promote your current book to libraries and their patrons?

        How you might tailor future books to better appeal to the library market? 

Find out all this and more from our five panelists:

Sunny Church is a Youth Services Supervisor at the KCK Public Library.  She has 30 years of professional library experience, primarily as a Children’s Librarian, Children’s Coordinator, or Children’s Services Manager, and has worked in California, Ohio, and other states.

Marsha Lytle, a librarian at Spring Hill Intermediate School, has also worked in high school, medical, law, college, and public libraries.  She is currently serving her third year on the Kansas Reading Circle, and is a past president of Kansas City Young Adult Librarians.

Kaite Mediatore Stover is the Head of Readers’ Services for the Kansas City Public Library. She is a columnist and book reviewer for Booklist and also reviews for Present magazine and INK.

Debbie McLeod is Youth Collections Specialist for the Johnson County Library System and selects all print and non-print materials for patrons aged birth to 15.  She has been on the Newbery and Caldecott committees and is a member of the Advisory Board for Booklist.

Susan K. Schank, currently working at a public elementary school in KCMO, has 15 years of experience as a school librarian and is also the author of a new picture book, Tera’s Dawn.

If you’ll be staying for the manuscript critique session, please bring five copies of your work and a brown bag lunch.  (Light refreshments will be provided.)