Conversation Around the Campfire: Celebrating Community and Collaboration in our Libraries

 In June, Summer Camp, Webinar

Thursday, June 25th, 7:00pm CST

Join us as we listen to these innovative librarians share how they are keeping their communities together while away from the physical library.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to for those who cannot participate in the live session.

Webinar Resources


Melissa Thom, M.A.

Teacher Librarian, Bristow Middle School, West Hartford, CT

Melissa Thom, M.A. is a teacher librarian at Bristow Middle School in West Hartford, CT. She earned her bachelor’s in elementary education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, a master’s in elementary education from Northern Arizona University and a master’s in educational psychology/gifted and talented from the University of Connecticut. She spent 12 years teaching grades four to six as a classroom teacher, and four years ago she earned her library media specialist certification from the ARCLMS program. She is the vice president of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians, a member of the Customer Advisory Board for Scholastic Book Fairs, a 2019 AASL Social Media Superstar Reader Leader finalist, and her most recent publication was an article in the October issue of School Library Connection entitled, Creating a Culture of Reading. Follow Melissa on Twitter @MsThomBookits.

Amy Hybarger

Teacher Librarian, Sky Ranch Middle School, Washoe County, NV

Amy Hybarger is a teacher librarian at Sky Ranch Middle School in Washoe County, NV. Her focus for the last 10 years has been on creating a learning environment that encourages students to learn, design and create. Amy believes that strong collaborative relationships with teachers provide her with the opportunity to engage students in hands-on activities incorporating the Nevada Academic Content Standards, social-emotional learning skills, and 21st-century competencies. Her goal is to have STEAM experiences embedded in the Sky Ranch Library Makerspace to prepare students to be career and college ready. Her previous teaching experiences as a middle school English Language Arts teacher motivates her to continue to promote and engage students in the love of literacy. Connect with Amy on Twitter @amyhybarger.

Amanda Sass-Henke

Media Specialist, Orono Middle School, Long Lake, MN

Amanda Sass-Henke is the media specialist at Orono Middle School, in Long Lake, Minnesota, where she promotes a culture of literacy and supports students and staff in reading, learning, and growing. Prior to becoming a media specialist, she taught middle school English Language Arts for 15 years and obtained her Doctorate of Education from Hamline University. She has also been published in NCTE’s English Journal and Voices from the Middle. No day is ever the same in the library, but the best part of her day is helping members of her middle school community find books. She also looks forward to hosting author visits each year, facilitating professional development around the topics of literacy and inquiry, and promoting OMS’s annual Tournament of Books. Outside of work, she has a never-ending pile of books to read, two daughters with her husband Jeff, and a new hobby in log-rolling. Follow her @spartansread on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.