Academic journal article Young Adult Library Services

YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium Preliminary Program

Academic journal article Young Adult Library Services

YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium Preliminary Program

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YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium Preliminary Program

November 5-7, 2010

Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Early bird registration ends September 10.

November 5: Special Events

YALSA will offer a full-day preconference and other special events on Friday, November 5, for additional registration.

6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Hot Air Balloon Rides ($135)You will pay onsite, but must pre-register for this event. The discounted rate, paid the day of the ride, includes transportation to and from the Marriott Albuquerque, an hour to hour and a half ride, first flight certificate, balloon trading card, continental breakfast, and Champagne toast.

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Preconference--On Beyond Stonewall: The Uphill Journey of Young Adult Literuture with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Content ($119, includes lunch) Join YALSA for a full-day preconference examining the history and current state of LGBTQ literature for teens. Presenters will trace the evolution of LGBTQ characters in YA lit, from early appearances to contemporary depictions, including significant and important titles, milestones, positive and negative examples, and more. We'll discuss current trends, persistent gaps, censorship, and how LGTBQ lit reflects the lives of today's teens. Speakers: Michael Cart and Christine Jenkins

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Teen Readers' Advisory Toolkit ($59) Enjoy light refreshments while receiving an overview of readers' advisory skills and techniques including how to read a book in ten minutes, how to do audiobook advisory and how to work with teens who don't read fiction books very often. It will also cover the importance of collecting and advising in different formats, including fiction, nonfiction, adult books, audiobooks, graphic novels, movies and tv shows. Participants will be better prepared to work with all types of teen readers, and provide a wide variety of listeners and reader's advisory services to all types of teen library patrons. Speakers: Kaite Mediatore Stayer, Erin Downey Howerton, and Jessica Mayer

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction ($59) As more teens struggle with their weight, YA lit is increasingly featuring vibrant, complicated main characters that happen to be overweight. But as the "Fat Lit" genre matures, it finds itself torn between fostering positive body image and "fat acceptance" among teens while at same time acknowledging the psychological and physical health issues often present with obesity. Participants will discuss the role of "fat lit" in contemporary young adult literature and how it fits into library collections. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers: Angle Manfredi and Lisa Pazer

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Meet Them Where They Are and Open the Door: Urban Teens, Street Lit, and Readers' Advisory ($59) Socioeconomically disadvantaged urban teens are often stereotyped as non-readers, reluctant readers, or readers of a single genre. But just as with other teens, urban teens' reading choices are informed by their needs, interests, and social landscape. While enjoying light refreshments, participants will discuss factors that contribute to urban teens' reading choices, demystify the increasingly popular genre of street lit, and demonstrate proven reader's advisory techniques and programs for connecting urban teens with a variety of books that speak to them. Organizers: Beth Saxton and Megan Honig

November 6: Special Events

YALSA will offer the following Saturday events for additional fees.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bill Morris Memorial Author Luncheon ($35) Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. …

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