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SLJ SummerTeen 2015 | Program

SCHEDULE

11:00 am-12 noon: Registration, networking and visit the exhibits

12:00-1:00 pm: Opening keynote

1:00-1:30 pm: Break

1:30-2:30 pm: Panels


 

Track 1:

PANEL: THE TEEN TRANSGENDER EXPERIENCE

According to the recent National Transgender Discrimination Survey, children who expressed a transgender identity or gender non-conformity reported alarming rates of harassment, physical assault, and sexual violence, forcing one-sixth (15%) to leave a school in K-12 settings or in higher education. YA fiction featuring realistic transgender teens gives readers the opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of gender diversity, while enabling librarians to meet the needs of all of their teen readers. This panel will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for, and about, transgender teens.

Panelists:

Alex Gino, author, George
Susan Kuklin, author, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Track 2:

PANEL: NEW AGE OF YA NONFICTION

While some of the growth seen in YA nonfiction can be attributed to the implementation of Common Core, it’s important to recognize the boost in the narrative and illustrative quality of what is being published. From how-to guides to memoirs, teens have a broader range to choose from than ever before. This panel of authors and editors will discuss what goes into the creation and packaging of top-rated nonfiction for young adults.

Panelists:

MT Anderson, author, The Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Paula Ayer, editor/author, Foodprints

Track 3:

PANEL: GAMING IN THE LIBRARY

Moderated by Heather Booth, Teen Librarian, blogger, Toolbox

1:30-1:45 pm: GAME ON!: MAKING THE CASE FOR GAMING presented by Amanda Schiavulli, Education and Outreach Librarian, Finger Lakes Library System, NY

1:45-2:00 pm: LIFE-SIZE GAMING presented by Lindsey Tomsu, Teen Coordinator, La Vista Public Library, NE and Keyahna Wood, Secretary, Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

2:00-2:15 pm: VIDEO GAMES, Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

2:15-2:30 pm: TABLETOP/BOARD GAMES, Faythe Arredondo, Teen Services Librarian, Tulare County Library, CA

2:30-3:00 pm: Break

3:00-4:00 pm: Panels

Track 1:

PANEL: THAT SCARED THE PANTS OFF ME! HORRORS, THRILLERS AND SUSPENSE

Sometimes a good scare is just the thing. Deceit, intrigue, and murderous intentions fuel reader interest and keep the pages turning late into the night. YA authors are stepping up the creep factor and psychological twists in their titles, and teens looking for smart and compelling characters have more choices than ever.

Panelists:

Joelle Charbonneau, author, Need
Dawn Kurtagich, author, The Dead House
Amy Lukavics, author, Daughters Unto Devils
Devon McCormack, author, Hideous

Track 2:

PANEL: AND NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME…DEBUTS YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT

A writer’s debut is the first crucial chance to introduce an individual style and tone to a potential readership. Pacing, form, dialogue and more must all be considered, which surely results in some sleepless nights for the author. There is no shortage of great debuts for teens, and this panel of first time YA authors will share thoughts on their creation process, and seeing their debut novels in teen readers’ hands.

Panelists:

Eleanor Herman, author, Legacy of Kings
Robert Hough, author, Diego’s Crossing
Daniel Jose Older, author, Shadowshaper
Emily Reed, author, Fairy Tales for Modern Queers

Track 3

PANEL: TEEN SERVICES TOOLBOX

Moderated by Karen Jensen, Teen Librarian, blogger, Toolbox

3:00-3:30 pm: HOW TO ORGANIZE A “CON” AT THE LIBRARY

Marissa Lieberman, Children’s Librarian, East Orange Public Library, NJ
Donna Rosenblum, Librarian at Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park, NY

3:30-4:00 pm: HOW TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN A TEEN VOLUNTEER GROUP

Megan Emery, Tween/Teen Volunteer Coordinator, Chattanooga Public Library, TN

PANEL: FIFTEEN SHADES OF ROMANCE: GENRE MASH-UPS

Though there’s still a happily ever after at the core, YA romance can go interstellar and medieval, paranormal and gay, or contemporary and political. This panel will consider how genre mash-ups are influencing the classic romance story, and how this is widening the audience for a hugely popular yet often misunderstood genre.

Panelists:

Fiona Wood, author, Six Impossible Things

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