Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/02/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant in order to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.

Grant recipients include:

Joanna Gerakios
Pitt County Schools
Greenville, N.C.

Ellen Ketchum
Santa Fe Trail Middle School
Olathe, Kansas

Josephine Crenshaw
Ripley High School
Ripley, Tennessee

Amanda McCoy
Pauline Central Primary School
Topeka, Kansas

Margaret Alice Donahue
Henry E. Lackey High School
Indian Head, Maryland

Cherity Pennington
Shawnee Middle School
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Heather Lister
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Emmie Stuart
Percy Priest Elementary
Nashville, Tennessee

Maria Muhlbauer
Pioneer Middle School
Yorkshire, New York

Lea Michelle Porter
West Fork Elementary School
West Fork, Arkansas

Lisa Manganello
South Brunswick High School
Monmouth Junction, New Jersey

Lisa Bates Hightower
Riser Middle School
West Monroe, Louisiana

Rosan Cable
Pacifica High School
Garden Grove, California

Kristy Buchanan
Castro Elementary School
Denver, Colorado

Jamie Rivers
Mansfield High School
Mansfield, Louisiana

Nancy Jo Lambert
Reedy High School
Frisco, Texas

Crystal Ann Puryear
Wilkerson Traditional Elementary
Louisville, Kentucky

Barbara Mason
Antioch High School
Antioch, Illinois

Jennifer McDonald
C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary School
LaFayette, New York

Leah Bishop
Freedom Middle School
Franklin, Tennessee

Stephanie Stieglitz
The Lane
Hinsdale, Illinois

Elizabeth D. Graham
Woodland Heights Elementary School
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Denise Higgins
Pinebrook Elementary School
Aldie, Virginia

Michelle Lynn Carter
Kitley Elementary School
Indianapolis, Indiana

Jessica Lynn Thompson
Tye River Elementary School
Arrington, Virginia

Bethany Thornton
Indian Head Elementary School
Indian Head, Maryland

Crystal Steele Joyce
Old Richmond Elementary School
Tobaccoville, North Carolina

Mary Morgan Ryan
Oak School
Hinsdale, Illinois

Angela Maria Hunt
Minnieville Elementary School
Woodbridge, Virginia

Angie Woods
Station Camp Elementary
Gallatin, Tennessee

Bob Sibert, president of Bound To Stay Bound Books, said, “At Bound To Stay Bound Books we recognize the value of the professional librarian in our schools and take pride in being able to offer these grants to help further their knowledge and give them an opportunity to share their experiences with other professionals."

“We are so appreciative of Bound To Stay Bound Books’ continuing support with their sponsorship of the first-time national conference attendee travel grants,” said AASL President Terri Grief. “Through the grants, BTSB creates a stronger and more knowledgeable professional which in turn creates stronger and more knowledgeable students. The AASL national conference is an extraordinary professional development event and BTSB allows school librarians to participate and then to share their experience with others in their states.”

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 17th National Conference & Exhibition, “Experience Education Evolution,” taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession.

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