This week an awesome team of YALSA members (Chair Dina Schuldner, Rachael Bohn, Derrick Burton, Markita Dawson, Millie Moffett, Bill Stea, and Adrienne Strock) published a new toolkit, Partnering to Increase Your Impact, and I wanted to make sure you knew about some great partnerships that YALSA has formed for Annual conference this year in Chicago!

YALSA will partner with ALSC and AASL in the exhibit hall–visit us at #2731. And a shout out to these publishers for sponsoring the Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Luncheon: Blink, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic!

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Joint Youth Executive Committee Meeting Thursday, June 22, 4:30-6pm; MCP W186c. This is a meeting of the Executive Committees for the Youth Divisions, American Association of School Librarians, Association for Library Service to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Michael L. Printz Program and Reception Friday, June 23rd, 8 – 10PM; Hyatt, Grand AB, tickets are $34.
Come listen to the 2017 Michael L. Printz award-winning authors, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, and honor book authors, Louise O’Neill , Julie Berry, Neal Shusterman, and Nicola Yoon, speak about their writing, followed by a reception. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine.

Margaret A. Edwards Brunch 11:30am-1:00pm Saturday, June 24th, MCP, S105, tickets are $34.
Come join us for brunch and listen to the winner of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award speak about their writing. The award honors their significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine.

Saturday, 3:00-4:00pm, MCP, W175c, YALSA is co-sponsoring the following program with the ALA Video Round Table Program Committee: Community Partnerships and Digital Literacy through Public Service Announcements.  Libraries are increasingly finding ways to help their school-age patrons to communicate creatively and make a positive impact in their communities through video projects. Carson City Library in Nevada partnered with the Carson City School District to help high school freshmen create 60-second PSAs that raised awareness of social issues at their school. We are delighted to have representatives from the Carson City Library and School District to talk about their experiences and share tips. List of Participants: Tiffany Hudson – Audio-Visual Librarian, Salt Lake City Public Library (Role: Moderator) Natalie Wood, Creative Learning Manager, Carson City Library Ananda Campbell, District Library Coordinator, Carson High School Sena Loyd, Director, Carson City Library.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:00-5:30 p.m., Inaugural Walter Dean Myers Memorial Lecture 2017, Palmer House Hotel, Room TBA Theme: “Second Chances: Strategies for Working with At-Risk Youth in Libraries”  Co-sponsored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee (CSK), the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and Simon & Schuster, Inc. Join the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for an engaging panel discussion featuring Phoebe Yeh, Vice President and Publisher at Crown Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House; librarians Jessica Anne Liddell, Karen Lemmons, and Janice Greenberg; and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

Saturday, 4:30-6:00pm, MCP, W178a, The Other (Invisible) Refugees – Supporting Central American Children in Crisis Since 2014, approximately 48,000 unaccompanied youth arrive in the U.S. annually as refugees from Central America. They are held in 100 detention centers in 12 states while they await time in court to plead their case for being granted asylum. View a film from IBBY & REFORMA, and learn about their Children in Crisis Project, which seeks to raise awareness about these vulnerable youth and to provide resources to them. Donations accepted at the door.

Saturday, 5:00-6:30pm, Location TBA (check the Scheduler). Youth Council Caucus.  Caucus meeting focusing on youth issues for ALA councilors who are members of AASL, ALSC, and YALSA.

Saturday, 5:00-6:30pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick, Burnham/CC 23A-C, Celebrating 25 Years of The Rainbow Fish with Marcus Pfister USBBY (AASL/ALSC/YALSA) Join Marcus Pfister, Swiss author, at ALA’s joint session with the United States Board on Books for Young People as we celebrate 25 years of The Rainbow Fish. Pfister’s first picture book, The Sleepy Owl, was published in 1986 with NorthSouth Books. In 1992 The Rainbow Fish was published to much acclaim and was followed by over a dozen other titles about the same beautiful fish who learns the value of sharing his beauty with others, giving all a chance to shine. Pfister’s works have been translated into over 50 languages. NorthSouth Books will sponsor refreshments.

YA Author Coffee Klatch Sunday, June 25th, 9-10am, MCP, S105, tickets are $25. Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA’s award winning authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA’s five literary awards. Librarians will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk abut their upcoming book! Participating authors include: Julie Berry, Jessica Abel, Melissa Albert, Kwame Alexander, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Kathleen Baldwin, Peter Bognanni, Wendy Brandt, Sharon Cameron, Kristin Cashore, Melanie Crowder, Cory Doctorow, Sarah Beth Durst, Kim Dwinell, Candace Ganger, Geoffrey Girard, Adele Griffin, Julie Halpern, Deborah Heiligman, McCall Hoyle, Holly Jennings, Shing Yin, Khor Marjorie Liu, Emery Lord, Marie Lu, Anna-Marie McLemore, Nnedi Okorafor, Daniel José Older, Louise O’Neil, Mitali Perkins, J.L. Powers, Amy Reed, Rob Rufus, Meredith Russo, V.E. Schwab, Neal Shusterman, Scott Stambach, Megan Whalen Turner, Kim Turrisi, Cat Winters, and Skottie Young. Sponsored by Blink.

Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm, MCP S103, Booklist’s #50YearsofYA Panel Booklist’s ongoing 50 Years of YA celebration—based on the 1967 publication of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders—reaches one of its peak events with this wide-ranging discussion about the past and future of YA literature. Featuring a blow-out panel of seven superstar YA authors to include: Kristin Cashore (Bitterblue, Penguin Young Readers Group), Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion, Little Brown Books for Young Readers), Deborah Heiligman (Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper, Scholastic), Neal Shusterman (Scythe, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books), Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves, HarperCollins Children’s Books), and Nicola Yoon (The Sun Is Also a Star, Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus. Sponsored by ALA and YALSA.

Monday 3:00-5:30pm, MCP, W184bc, The 2017 Odyssey Awards Celebrate the spoken word at the 2017 Odyssey Award Presentation featuring clips from the 2016 winners. The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the best audiobook production for youth and co-administered by YALSA and ALSC and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.  The Audio Publishers Association is providing the refreshments!

About Sarah Hill

Sarah is the Information Services Librarian at Lake Land College, a rural community college in Illinois. She is happily serving as YALSA Immediate Past President. You can follow her on Twitter at @glibrarian.

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