Oxford - Oxford Conference Center
Pearl - Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College - Rankin Campus
Biloxi - Biloxi Civic Center
Dr. Michael Shoulders
Mike spent his childhood traveling in an army family from Maryland to Germany, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, and back to Germany before settling in Clarksville, TN. He taught for 14 years before becoming an instructional supervisor and earned his doctoral degree before retiring with 30 years of service for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.
Mike visits nearly 75 schools and conferences across America and Europe each year spreading the message that Reading IS Magic!
Alice Faye Duncan
Alice Faye Duncan is a librarian who writes books for children and adults. She is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) the National Education Association (NEA) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
MLC Information Services Director
Alex Brower is the Information Services Director at the Mississippi Library Commission. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi, and has worked at MLC for 3 years. She has a cat named Max, and enjoys reading fiction with plenty of dragons.
Timothy Alexander is an Emmy award-winning speaker on topics related to character development, mentorship, counseling, and coaching. He has presented at conferences, schools, and events across the country. He uses his own personal experience as a catalyst to inspire others to not give up but live a life of resilience. His impact has reached millions of people from all walks of life.
School Library Specialist
Elizabeth Simmons received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and Specialist in Secondary Administration from Delta State University. She is the School Library Specialist at the Mississippi Department of Education. A strong advocate in bridging the information literacy gap, she works with teachers, librarians, and administrators to bring the library to the forefront of curriculum. Her professional interests focus on incorporating new technology into everyday academics.
MLC Special Collections Coordinator
Charlie Simpkins is the Special Collections Coordinator for the Mississippi Library Commission. He has worked as an Elementary Education for five years and in various capacities in libraries for seven years. He is married to Kelli, a school librarian, and has one fur baby named Walden.