It’s Perfectly Normal

Do you ever find your conversations with teens veering more toward the personal than the professional?

Are books on sex, drugs, abuse or depression constantly going missing from your shelves?

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I’m a librarian, not a therapist!” (…or a social worker, or a nurse, or a police officer?)

Would you like to hear how some of the hottest YA authors incorporate tough subject matter into their books–and their interactions with teens?

If you answered yes to any of the above, YALSA’s full-day preconference on June 25 is for you!

It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with “Sensitive” Topics in Teen Services will take an in-depth look at topics like sexuality, abuse, privacy and others that can be tough for young adult librarians to tackle with teens (and the adults in their lives). We’ll hear from experts in the field of adolescent development, along with authors and librarians, about how to successfully maneuver these conversations and the services and programs that come with them, along with collection development strategies geared toward “sensitive” topics.

Authors Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan, and Ellen Hopkins will all be participating.

You don’t need to register for ALA Annual to attend the preconference. If you’ve already registered and would like to add a preconference or special event, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration, or (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

About mk Eagle

I'm the librarian at Holliston High School, a bit west of Boston. In my spare time I advise my school's yearbook and Gay Straight Alliance, write about food, and root for the Red Sox.
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