Children's Literature Festival Advisory Council

The Children's Literature Festival Advisory Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Dean of Library Services. The council promotes both the Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults and the annual Children's Literature Festival, which has been hosted at University of Central Missouri since its inception in1969.

Members of the council are:

Ms. Joan Arth, Library Media Specialist, Liberty Missouri Public Schools

Dr. Dawna Lisa Buchanan, Chair, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department, Central

Ms. Sandra Diamond, Community Representative, Manager, Warrensburg Books and Toys

Ms. Rosalie Gilbert, Community Representative

Ms. Ophelia Gilbert, retired faculty, Central, former Co-director, Children's Literature Festival

Dr. Donald Melichar, Associate Professor, English Department, Central

Mr. Philip Sadler, retired faculty, Central, former Co-director, Children's Literature Festival

Ms. Laura Rao, retired faculty, Central

Ms. Janis Russell-Wilson, Community Representative

Ms. Naomi Williamson, Assistant Professor and Director of the Children's Literature Festival, Library Services, Central

Dr. Matt Zupnick, Associate Professor, Art Department, Central