In partnership with Mount Saint Mary College, Dutchess, Orange/Ulster, Sullivan, and Ulster School Library Systems, a Banned Books Symposium will be taking place on March 10, 2018 on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. This half-day conference will feature presentations in all capacities of banned and challenged books as well as Jay Asher, author of 13 Reasons Why, as the keynote speaker. If you are interested in presenting at this conference, please use the guidelines below to send in your submission. Sessions will be formatted in 45-minute blocks.

Topic suggestions include, but are not limited to the following:
  • K-12 classroom teacher or school librarian experience with a book challenge
  • Using challenged/banned books in the classroom
  • Policies and procedures when a book is challenged
  • Personal experiences with books being challenged/banned
  • Programs surrounding banned books
  • Dealing with controversial books in the classroom
  • Other relevant topics


Note: Presentation proposals accepted until October 13, 2017.  Accepted proposals will receive notification by November 20, 2017. Please select educator or vendor presentation proposal below.

* 1. Presenter Information

* 2. Co-Presenter Information (if applicable)

* 3. Please select only one

* 4. Title of presentation as you wish it to appear in the program (20 words or less)

* 5. Presentation Summary:  A summary of the topic and information to be covered (maximum of 200 words).

* 6. All presentation rooms are equipped with a computer, projector, and internet access. Are there any other pieces of equipment you will need for this presentation? Please list them here.

* 7. Target Audience:  Please check all that apply.

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