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2nd Biennial Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium 2016: Symposium Information


Registration in open June 1st through September 16th.  Attention, the registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 14th.

Cancellation Policy

Your $25 refundable registration fee is contingent upon attending the symposium.  You will not be refunded your $25 if you fail to attend. However, if you cancel your registration, in writing, before September 1st, your check will be mailed back to you.  Please contact Ms. Darden ( if you have any additional questions or concerns.

What to Expect at Check-in

The symposium will be held in Scott Concert Hall at the Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts building. Check-in begins at 8AM.  You will receive your badge that will state your name and school/library information.  You will also receive four children's books: two authored by Allan Wolf,  and another two illustrated by Gareth Hinds.  Both Wolf and Hinds will be available to sign your books at appointed times in the schedule (see the schedule on this guide below). You will also receive a tote bag to carry your books in.  

Lunch Menu

You will be treated to a catered lunch buffet by Aramark.


Baby Spinach Salad

Roasted New Potatoes

Fresh Herbed Vegetables

Fried Chicken

Bakery Fresh Rolls

New York Cheesecake

Iced Tea, Iced Water


The Sandhills Children’s Literature Symposium will benefit the following users: 

  • Pre-K through grade 12 students and
  • Public library storytime participants

as a result of pre-service teachers’, K-12 teachers’/teacher librarians’, Education professors’, university librarians’, and public library children’s librarians’ participation in this biennial event for the sandhills region [Harnett County, Cumberland County, Johnston County, Lee County, and Wake County].

Research shows that a child should learn to read in his mother tongue with the help of meaningful reading material to which he or she can relate and children’s literature provides this type of learning opportunity for children. That is why teaching literacy with children's literature should be a natural choice for teachers, and why children's literature should continue to be on the school curriculum and  featured during storytime sessions in public libraries. Providing students with access to award-winning literature and equipping teachers and librarians with effective strategies on how to teach literacy when using these texts will improve the literacy skills, cognitive and social growth of children in the sandhills region. 

About the Presenters

Allan Wolf, Author/Poet

Allan Wolf is an author, poet, performer and educator who lives in Asheville, North. After three years teaching at Virginia Tech, Wolf became the Educational Director for Poetry Alive!, a national touring company that presents theatrical poetry shows for all ages. Wolf is also a member of The Dead Poets, a musical trio who transform classic poetry into toe-tapping tunes. An active organizer in the early days of the poetry slam competitions, Wolf’s mission has always been to take poetry to the people. His hometown made history in 1995 as the smallest city to ever win the coveted National Poetry Slam Championship title. Wolf was the director of the Asheville Poetry Festival, creator of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, and he is generally considered one of the founding fathers of the National Slam Movement, particularly helping poetry slams take root in the South.

Wolf now writes and presents full time. Two time winner of the North Carolina YA Book Award, his poetry has appeared in many diverse publications from Lady Bug Magazine to the North Carolina Literary Review. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. Titles include Zane’s Trace (NC YA Book Award) and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry), More Than Friends: Poems from Him and Her, and Immersed in Verse.  His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College.  With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf travels the country presenting author visits, poetry shows, and inspirational talks for all ages.​


Gareth Hinds, Author/Illustrator 

 Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered four starred reviews and a spot on ten "best of 2010" lists), Romeo and Juliet (which Kirkus called "spellbinding"), and Macbeth (which the New York Times called "stellar" and "a remarkably faithful rendering"). Gareth is a recipient of the Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award. His books can be found in bookstores and English classrooms across the country, and his illustrations have appeared in such diverse venues as the Society of Illustrators, the New York Historical Society, and over a dozen published video games.​


Symposium Schedule

Report Form for 1 CEU

You have the opportunity to receive a total of 1.5 CEUs for your participation in the symposium. 

  • .5 CEU will be received for your participation in the symposium day sessions. 
  • To receive the additional 1 CEU, all participants must complete this report that describes how you used one of the titles you received at the symposium and applied the literacy strategy(ies) you learned during that session into a lesson or storytime activity for library patrons (attach more sheets if necessary).

Directions to Campbell

The symposium will be held in Scott Concert Hall at the Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts building.


From the South
Take exit 73 off of I-95, head west through Dunn, follow U.S. 421 west to Campbell University. Entrance is on Highway 421 approximately 15 minutes from Dunn (signs are posted).

From the North
Take exit 79 off of I-95, head west through Benson, follow NC Route 27 west to Campbell University (signs are posted).

From the West
Choice of U.S. 421 or NC Route 27 through Lillington. Both routes take you to Campbell University (signs are posted).

By Air
Flights are offered daily into Raleigh/Durham International and Fayetteville airports.

By Bus
Greyhound offers daily service to Dunn.

By Train
Amtrak provides service to Raleigh and Fayetteville



Suggested Lodging

Hampton Inn

100 Jesse Tart Circle

Dunn, NC 28334

(910) 892-4333

18 miles from Campbell University


Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

300E Cornelius Harnett Blvd.

Lillington, NC 27546

5 miles from Campbell University

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