Presentation Academy: Registration Opens Friday April 1st

Presentation Academy stampJoin us for a unique, hybrid training experience to boost your presentation skills. If you are wanting to improve your skills to present at conferences this is the professional development opportunity for you.  Many of these skills will be valuable when you are out in your community advocating for your library.  These skills will be relevant for any type of library.  You’ll learn new ways to brainstorm presentation ideas, write successful conference proposals and design outstanding presentation aids.

Interested librarians are encouraged, but not required, to attend all events.

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MLA Award For Worthy Youth Services Librarians

The Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship is sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) of the Missouri Library Association and is made possible by the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund. Recipients of this award may use scholarship money to attend regional or national continuing education events to strengthen their skills in youth librarianship.


The deadline for application for this award is February 29. See the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship page for more details!

The Naked and the Read


The children of Missouri (and neighboring states) have spoken, selecting Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, as the winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 20,000 preschoolers and kindergarteners participated this year. Naked! was the overwhelming choice, receiving 6,078 votes. Digger Dog, written by William Bee and illustrated by Cecilia Johansson, finished second with 3,227 votes.

Contrary to popular assumptions, Naked! is not a story about a man’s nightmarish journey into the depths of his soul. Instead, it is a joyous, playful look at a child’s activities after his nightly bath. Our hero runs around the house naked, then runs around the house wearing only a cape, all the while sneaking cookies, before finally succumbing to exhaustion and bed.

The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event. For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website at

Registration for Library Advocacy Day is Now Open!

The Missouri Library Association will host its annual Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Secretary of State Interpretive Center, 600 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Online registration is now open. For more information and to register, go to  Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with your senators and representatives to tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri!


9:30 am – 10:00 a.m.    Check in at Registration
10:00 am – 11:30 a.m. Orientation
Welcome by 2016 MLA President, Jodie Borgerding
Comments by State Librarian, Barbara Reading
Legislative Update from MLA Legislative Advocate, Randy Scherr
General Information and Visit Etiquette by Legislative Committee Chair, Gerald Brooks
11:30 am – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost.
1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.     Afternoon Visits


$25.00 – Institutional Members
$35.00 – Non-Institutional Members
Don’t forget to set up your appointments with your senators and representatives! If you are not sure who you senator or representative is or if you need to find contact information, use these links:
Missouri Senators –
Questions? Contact Gerald Brooks, MLA Legislative Committee Chair at