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Filling the Library Shelves: What Librarians Look for in Books for Their Collections with Marcie Flinchum Atkins & Jess Stork

Date(s) - 01/17/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Libraries are big markets for books. What makes a librarian buy your book? What makes a librarian select your book off the shelves for programming? Join public librarian Jess Stork and school librarian Marcie Flinchum Atkins as they discuss what they look for in picture books and middle grade books. This event will be recorded. The replay will be available for 30 days after the live webinar.


Marcie Flinchum Atkins is a teacher-librarian by day and a children’s book writer in the wee hours of the morning. She holds an M.A. and M.F.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She is the author of Ancient China (ABDO, 2015), “Rookie Get Ready to Code” series (Scholastic Children’s Press, 2019), Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature (Millbrook Press, 2019), and is a contributor to Things We Feel and What is a Friend? edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books, 2022). Marcie is the nonfiction events coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of SCBWI. She also muses about mentor texts, making time to write, and poetry at You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @marciefatkins.



Jess Stork is a public youth librarian who also writes middle grade with occasional forays into wacky picture books. She has a Masters in Library Science from Catholic University and a Masters in Education from Ursuline College and has served as a co-chair for the consultation committee for the Midatlantic region of SCBWI. She has created such library programs as a haiku egg hunt, a scavenger hunt of famous historical spies and mindfulness storytime. Occasionally, she eats large bags of potato chips while editing. You can find her online at or on her instagram account, @jess_storkwrites, where she posts #litoutfits, her project to match great kidlit books with matching kid outfits.