The Stigma of Mental Illness

In a relaxed setting, we'll discuss mental illness, the stigma attached to it and how we can decrease this stigma in our community. Attendees can make a decorative wish jar to take home.

Social Worker Lisa Anderson from Michigan Medicine's Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools will lead the discussion.

This event is In partnership with Michigan Medicine's Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools and in conjunction with Washtenaw County's anti-stigma campaign, #wishyouknew.

 

KidLitCon | Session 5A: Publishing: The Indie Author Revolution

Indie authors are changing the publishing industry. In fact, this is the age of the author. Join panelists Lauren Ranalli, T.L. Criswell, Sailaja N. Joshi as they discuss challenges and successes that are unique to indie publishing, building a grass roots platform to reach readers, selling and making profit from bookselling and how indie authors can position themselves as experts and thought leaders.

KidLitCon | Session 4A: Science Meets Story: STEM in fiction

What happens when STEM (Science - Technology - Engineering - Math) meets stories? Join authors Jen Camiccia, Vicky Fang, Rajani LaRocca, Kim Long for a discussion on their experience combing STEM with our deep human need for stories. 

This event is part of KidLitCon an annual conference for people who care about, and/or blog about children’s and young adult literature. 

KidLitCon | Session 2A: Using Genre to See the World More Clearly

Authors have the unique ability to help readers imagine and truly see different realities -- to grow our worldview, world consciousness, and care for people, places, and perceptions leading to positive change. This panel will discuss how we can, through story and craft, provide the mirrors, windows, and doors that let children see possibilities and hope for today -- and for the future.

This event is part of KidLitCon an annual conference for people who care about, and/or blog about children’s and young adult literature. 

KidLitCon | Session 1A: Empowering Engagement through Picture Books

Whether silly or serious, picture books can give the youngest of readers the tools they need to engage with the world.  Join picture book authors Debbie A. Taylor (Over in Motown) and Nancy Shaw (Sheep in a Jeep) as they discuss the different ways picture books can inspire.  Moderated by youth librarian Lauren Baker.

Fit to a T

Join Aaryn Ebner, BSN, RN, ONC, CMSRN, from the University of Michigan Hospital and the United States Bone and Joint Initiative to discuss the connection between weak bones, the risk of breaks and osteoporosis.