Advanced registration for ALA Annual Conference ends next Friday, May 14! Registering before advanced registration ends can save YALSA members $50 over onsite fees. Register today!

YALSA has a lot planned for Annual this year! You can download a full schedule of events and meetings (PDF) and find details on the conference and DC at the YALSA Annual Wiki.

Preconferences: YALSA is offering two exciting preconferences on June 25! You do not need to register for Annual to attend either preconference.

Join us at our full-day preconference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with “Sensitive” Topics in Teen Services, with authors Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan, and Ellen Hopkins. Lunch and a swag bag included! (Ticketed Event– YALSA Member: $195; ALA Member: $235; Non-Member: $285; Student/Retired Member: $195.)

Or participate in our half-day preconference from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools, with authors Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Malinda Lo, John Green, David Levithan. Tickets cost $99.

Special events: YALSA will honor its award winners and authors featured on its selected lists with several special events during Annual 2010! Join us June 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon ($59 in advance/not available onsite), honoring this year’s winner, Jim Murphy. On June 27, start your day at the YA Authors’ Coffee Klatch ($19 in advance/$25 onsite) from 9 to 10 a.m., featuring authors from YALSA’s literary awards and selected booklists. On June 28 from 8 to 10 p.m., finish out your Annual at the Michael L. Printz Program and Reception ($29 in advance/$35 onsite), featuring this years’ winner, Libba Bray, as well as honor book authors Deborah Heiligman, Rick Yancey, Adam Rapp, and John Barnes.

In addition to our ticketed events, YALSA will honor its Alex Award winners at a free program on June 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. YALSA and ALSC will also honor the Odyssey Award winner, Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken, at a free reception on June 28, 4-5:30 p.m., sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.

How to register: If you are planning to attend ALA Annual Conference, you can add any of our events to your registration at

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, 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; (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 have added.

To register only for either of the pre-Annual workshops, please fill out the form at (skip Section I) and either mail or fax it to 800-521-6017 or mail it to: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters, 568 Atrium Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

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