Teens Presenting at Annual

Two of my favorite presentations were given by teens while in Anaheim. Seth Cassel with Flamingnet Book Reviews presented as part of the YALSA Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs panel presentation on Hyperlinks: Reaching Teens Outside the library as well as the YALSA Technology for Young Adults poster session. He is a true entrepreneur, appeared to enjoy presenting, and has such a fantastic product which started grassroots and has grown into such a rich community.’  Check out his article in YALS from last summer. I also was able to hear Karina Grimaldi and Brigit Boler’s presentation from the Ridgdale Public Library (check out Beth Gallaway’s post on the entire YALSA panel presentation for Beyond Gaming Tournaments and MK Eagle’s post on the program.) where Karina showed off her handmade clothes for cosplay, they both demonstrated Random Battles which was a way of getting into character and expressing oneself with strategies, role playing, and often integrates music, quick thinking, and a competitive spirit. It was truly 21st century fandom from two teens that know their anime inside and out.
Feel free to share your stories of teens attending and/or presenting at the conference. If you’re in the Bay area this month and want to hear more entrepreneurial teens presenting, check out YPulse’s Mashup conference.

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Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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  1. The teens participating in Sarah Flowers’s session on the new YALSA/RUSA Guidelines for Reference Services to Young Adults were awesome! They clearly articulated why professional and equitable customer service makes them more likely to keep using libraries into adulthood, and answered some tough questions from the audience to boot!

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