This is a guest post from the Local Arrangements Committee for ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The YALSA Local Arrangements committee for ALA Annual in San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015, is recruiting youth participants to give feedback on nominated books at the Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) Teen Session on Saturday, June 27, 2015 (a list of titles can be found here:

YALSA takes input from youth very seriously, and in order to get a wide representative of area youth, we are seeking applications from library staff in the greater San Francisco/Oakland area who would like to bring their teen book group to the ALA Annual Conference to participate in the BFYA Teen Session. Up to 50 local teens from the greater San Francisco/Oakland area will be able to participate.

Participation consists of teens (ages 12-18) speaking in front of an audience of the committee, publisher representatives, and conference attendees. The Teen Feedback Session runs from 1pm-3pm.

YALSA Goals for Youth Participation:
1. To organize and implement youth participation to support division goals
2. To collect a wide range of ideas from as diverse a young adult population as possible
3. To incorporate youth participation into programs and services in order to provide a richer experience for YALSA members
4. To create valuable experiences for the participating young adults in which they can gain knowledge and/or skills useful in future endeavors

All expenses, other than registration for Saturday, June 27, 2015, are the responsibility of the group. Registration on June 27 includes attending a publisher-sponsored lunch WITH AUTHORS immediately before the session and passes to the conference exhibit hall.

Notification will be made by May 15, 2015.

To APPLY, fill out the online form: .

About Hannah Gómez

School librarian in Northern California. MA children's literature, MS library and information science (Simmons College). Sometime scholar, sometime reviewer, sometime creative writer, always media-obsessed.

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