2023 Spring Conference

April 16-18, 2023
Tan-Tar-A Conference Center

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Prospectus & Registration Form (PDF)
Exhibitor Registration (Online)

Attendee Information

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations will only be accepted online at maslonline.org or via email at tammy@c2cpro.solutions. Please note that registrations will not be accepted by fax. Applications received via email must be typed. Handwritten registrations will not be accepted.

Attendee Registration Form (PDF)
Attendee Registration From (Online)
Lindenwood Credit Information
2023 Conference Evaluation
2023 Spring Conference Wakelet

Schedule/Workshop Information

Schedule of Events for 2023 MASL Conference
Workshop Grid
Workshop Descriptions

Hotel Information

Please use the following code on the Margaritaville/Tan Tar A website: LBRN

Conference Shirts

Order your conference shirt HERE. Deadline to order is February 19th.


Please double check your registration to see what meals are included. Itemized registration must purchase their meals separately during the registration process or in the online store.

Cash for a Cause

Email basket details to Amy Hertzberg at ahertzberg@nevada.k12.mo.us.


Volunteer Sign Up Form

Confirmed Authors

Mindy McGinnis, 2022-2023 Gateway Final Nominee Author (Be Not Far From Me)

Mindy McGinnis is the author of multiple novels that span many genres. From historical to fantasy, contemporary to gothic thriller, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.A ninth-generation farmer, Mindy attributes much of her character to growing up on an Ohio farm, learning the value of physical labor, and the harshness of the natural world early in life. Much of her writing reflects small-town living and aspects of rural poverty. A former school librarian, Mindy still lives and works in her hometown, and is dedicated to making herself available to financially disadvantaged school districts and communities.Mindy has done multiple interviews and guest posts over the years, and has been featured on such outlets as NPR and PBS. She’s also been a guest on a myriad of podcasts, blogs, and websites, many of which can be viewed below.

Terry Border, 2022-2023 Show Me Final Nominee Author (Scaredy Snacks!)

Terry Border worked in the commercial photography industry for a dozen years before leaving it to follow more artistic ambitions. He began what he calls Bent Objects (anthropomorphizing everyday objects and foods by adding wire arms and legs) in 2006. Since then he has published two collections of Bent Objects images, and used a form of the project to create seven children’s books. Some of the places Mr. Border has lectured about his work are the New York Times building, Brazil, and Korea, where his work has been in several solo exhibitions. He lives with his wife, cat, and rescue dog in Greenwood, Indiana.

April Henry, 2023-2024 Truman Prelim Nominee Author (Eyes of the Forest)

New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction:  when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in Puffin Post, an international children’s magazine. By the time April was in her 30s, she had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 26 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right. 

James Ponti, 2022-2023 Mark Twain Final Nominee Author (City Spies)

James Ponti is the New York Times Bestselling author of three Middle Grade book series: City Spies, about an unlikely squad of five kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 Spy Team; The Edgar Award-winning Framed! series, about a pair of tweens who solve mysteries in Washington, D.C.; and the Dead City trilogy, about a secret society that polices the undead living beneath Manhattan. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.

Keynote Speakers

Featured Presenters

Melissa Corey has 14 years of experience as a Library Media Specialist, all with the St. Joseph School District. She currently serves the students and staff of Robidoux Middle School, which is her second home. Melissa is serving as MASL President for 2022-23, with previous MASL experience as the Public Relations Chair, Treasurer, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and Truman Readers Award One-Year Member. Melissa earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science and her Educational Specialist in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri. She is a recipient of the MASL Progressive School Library Media Program Award (2011), an SJSD Innovator of the Year Finalist (2020, 2022), and an SJSD Support Person of the Year Finalist (2017). Melissa was also a member of ALA’s 2011 Class of Emerging Leaders. Melissa is married to Brent (who is also a librarian and new MASL member!) and has two kids, Grace and Lucas (who really love to read!).
Rebecca Marcum Parker earned her BSE in English and Library Science Education and MA in Literature from the University of Central Missouri; she earned her ELL certification from Webster University under the National Professional Development TESL Grant- The Culturally Responsive Instruction for English Learners Project 2016 (only non-classroom teacher awarded this grant). She has 25 years’ experience as inner-city school librarian, currently at East High School in the Kansas City School District. She is a member and former treasurer of the Missouri Association for School Librarians plus Diversity Taskforce member since 2021 and Advocacy Task Force member and secretary since 2020. Rebecca is the first vice-president of the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians. She is also one of two School Libraries representative on the MO Secretary of State’s Library Council since 2016.
Rebecca is the author of chapter “Action research, effective communication, and your library program” in The Relevant Library: Essays on Adapting to Changing Needs (2018), co-author of 2 chapters in Library Services for Multicultural Patrons (2013), author of chapter in How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (2012), and contributing author in Library Management Tips That Work published by the ALA (2011). Additionally, she was a selected member of the American Federation of Teachers’ Teacher Leader Program 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 (80 members nationally), and one of two selected Teacher Leader Program participants invited to sponsor, lead, and address the National Network of State Teachers of the Year national conference 2016. She serves on KKFI’s Heartland Labor Forum as an interviewer, often interviewing about censorship and freedom to read. In September she participated in the Kansas City Public Library’s “Ban These Books? Let’s Talk” panel with KCPL’s and Johnson County Public Library collection development librarians and the head of the Cass County Public Library. 
Rebecca lives in the Kansas City Metro area with her husband, David, and has two amazing adult children, Natalie and Brad. She loves reading, collaborating, and striving to follow the Four Agreements.
Beth Vrabel is the author of a dozen middle grade novels, including the critically acclaimed To Tell You the Truth and Lies I Tell Myself. She lives in Canton, Connecticut, with her family. Visit her at BethVrabel.com.
Winner of the 2022 Connecticut Book Award for Middle Grade Fiction (“To Tell You the Truth”)
Winner of 2021 Housatonic Award for Middle Grade (“The Newspaper Club”)
Selected for Junior Library Guild (“A Blind Guide to Normal” and “Lies I Tell Myself”)
2021-22 SSYRA Finalist (“The Newspaper Club”)
2016 International Literacy Award winner (“A Blind Guide to Stinkville”)
Vrabel’s books have been finalists for the Mark Twain Award, Great Stone Face Book Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award, the Bluestem, and Rhode Island Middle School Book Award, among others.

AASL Publications & Products:  Order Products Through MASL

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering AASL Affiliate state organizations, including MASL, the opportunity to coordinate pre-orders of various publications and products with delivery to our state conference.

MASL members interested in purchasing copies of the AASL Standards, need to complete the below linked form and return to the MASL Office via email (info@maslonline.org) by Friday, March 3, 2023.  Please note that payment must be received by Friday, March 3. 

This form is the only way to order copies through MASL, and orders must be picked up at the 2023 Spring Conference.  MASL will not ship these titles.

Click here for AASL Publications & Products Order Form