Program

9:00 -10:00 am ET: Exhibit Hall Open | Explore the Booths

Opening Keynote
10:00-10:15 am ET: Opening remarks
10:15-11:00 am ET: Maggie Stiefvater, Raven King (Scholastic)

Break
11:00-11:15 am ET

YA Author & Book Panels (two panels running concurrently)

11:15-12:15 pm ET: Mental Health in YA Lit
The news these days is full of stories about mental illness—but what is true and what is sensationalized? Authors will discuss the nuances and challenges to depicting mental illness in literature authentically and respectfully.

Moderator:

Natasha Razi

Panelists:

Nyrae Dawn, author, Turn the World Upside Down (Harmony Ink)
Stephanie Kuehn, author, The Smaller Evil (Penguin)
Jennifer Niven, author, Holding Up the Universe (Random House Children’s Books)
Teresea Toten, author, Beware that Girl (Random House Children’s Books)
Susan Vaught, Director of Psychology, Western State Hospital, and author, Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy (Simon & Schuster)

11:15-12:15 pm ET: Genre-Bending SFF
When we think of classics like Lord of the Rings or 1984, we may have stringent definitions of science fiction and fantasy. Today’s YA defies confining labels. Join six authors whose works tie together dystopian societies, magic, imagined royal empires, and alternate versions of earth.

Moderator:

Sunnie Scarpa

Panelists:

Sarah Rees Brennan, author, Tell the Wind and Fire (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Traci Chee, author, The Reader (Penguin)
Kate Elliott, author, Poisoned Blade (Little, Brown)
Rachel Lou, author, The Bridge (Harmony Ink)
Amanda Sun, author, Heir to the Sky (Harlequin Teen)

Lunch Break
12:15-1:00 pm ET: Networking and visit the exhibits to live chat with authors

YA Author & Book Panels (two panels running concurrently)

1:00-2:00 pm ET: Stranger than Fiction: NF 4 Teens
How do you move nonfiction beyond the realm of textbooks and homework? On this panel, authors will discuss narrative nonfiction and memoir, describing how they make real life accessible and engaging to teen readers.

Moderator:

Hannah Gomez

Panelists:

Neal Bascomb, author, Sabotage (Scholastic)
Bridget Heos, author, Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA (Harper Collins)
Robert Hoge, author, Ugly (Penguin)
Reyna Grande, author, The Distance Between Us (Simon & Schuster)
Leonard S. Marcus, author, Comics Confidential (Candlewick Press)
Sarah Miller, author, The Borden Murders (Random House Children’s Books)

1:00-2:00 pm ET: Thrills & Chills: Suspense & Horror
If you’re the type of reader who likes to curl up on the couch just to get scared or have your heart race, this panel is the one for you. Learn how these authors craft spine-tingling, thrilling tales full of cliff-hangers that keep readers asking what’s next.

Moderator:

Emily Grace Le May

Panelists:

Eileen Cook, author, With Malice (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Ryan Graudin, author, Blood for Blood (Little, Brown)
Leo Hunt, Eight Rivers of Shadow (Candlewick)
Lorie Langdon, author, Gilt Hollow (Blink)
Mindy McGinnis, author, Female of the Species (HarperCollins)

Teen Services & Programming (two panels running concurrently)

2:00-3:00 pm ET: From the Teen Room to the Director’s Chair
If you are itching to take on more of a leadership role in your library or workplace, join us to garner inspiration from been-there-done-that experts. Leadership in the library can take on many aspects, from spearheading various libraries in a school district to leading innovative programs at a public library.

Moderator:

Justin Hoenke, Executive Director, Benson Memorial Library, PA

Panelists:

Faythe Arredondo, Manager of Tech Services, Tulare County Library, CA
JoAnn Conlon, Director of Innovative Media Resources Systems, Spring Branch ISD, TX
Chris Shoemaker, Director, Rye Library, NY
Robyn Vittek, Director, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA

2:00-3:00 pm ET: College & Career Readiness
Our College & Career Readiness panel will chat about everything from the college application and essay process to implementing work-study programs for disabled individuals to supporting English Language Learners to implementing inquiry-based learning in order to help students achieve a problem-solving mentality that will aid them in the workplace.

Moderator:
Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science

Panelists:

K.C. Boyd, Lead Librarian, East St. Louis School District #189, IL
Sara Frey, Library Media Specialist, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, PA
Elizabeth Kahn, Library Media Specialist, Patrick F. Taylor Sci & Tech Academy, LA
Monica Tolva, Library Media Specialist, Vernon Hills High School, IL

Break
3:00-3:15 pm ET

Teen Services & Programming (two panels running concurrently)

3:15-4:15 pm ET: Panel 3 | Instagram and Snapchat 101
Got the Instagram blues? Have no idea how to Snap your Chat? Join us for a fun and informative primer on all things Instagram and Snapchat. We also will discuss how teens today use these platforms and how you can market your library to better serve these app-hungry teens.

Moderator:
Robin Brenner, Teen Librarian, Brookline Public Library, MA

Panelists:

Alanna Graves, Teen Librarian, Cape May County Library, NJ
Molly Wetta, Collection Development Librarian, Lawrence Public Library, KS

3:15-4:15 pm ET: Panel 4 | Serving the Underserved: Teen Parents; Incarcerated Teens; Homeless Teens

We’ll discuss how to service and support marginal facets of the teen population. Transient and homeless teens, incarcerated teens, and teen parents all have differing, and unique, needs—gather ideas on how to identify which supports they need to help them succeed.

Moderator:
Sabrina Carnesi, Library Media Specialist, Crittenden Middle School, VA

Panelists:

Amy Cheney, District Library Manager, Oakland Unified School District, CA
Nick Higgins, Director of Outreach Services at Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Courtney Saldana, Youth Services Supervising Librarian. Ontario City Library, CA
Jennifer Velásquez, Coordinator of Teen Services, San Antonio Public Library System, TX

Closing Keynote
4:15-4:45 pm ET: Meg Medina, author, Burn Baby Burn (Candlewick)

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"A great resource for all Teen Librarians. You always learn something new. It is great to connect with the different publishers and authors at this event. I would highly recommend."
– YA Librarian, Amesbury Public Library, NH


"[SLJTeen Live] is an excellent virtual format to reach many of the authors or publishers that I would never have time to learn from individually."
– Teacher Librarian, Gale Ettrick-Trempeauleu School District, WI