Former Gateway Chair Jennie George and current Gateway Chair Amy Taylor will be presenting with Megan Chambers, Lee’s Summit West High School Librarian, at this year’s YASLA YA Literature Symposium. The presentation, titled How to Deal: Dealing with Complicated and Diverse YA Content, will focus on the question: How the changing face of today’s teen drive changes in content and what impact will this have on YA libraries and their readers? A complete description is below.
If you haven’t already looked into attending this year’s symposium – check it out at http://yalitsymposium12.ning.com/ It’s being held Nov. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. We would love to see you there.
How to Deal: Dealing with Complicated and Diverse YA Content
As the lives of young adults become more complicated and diverse, so do their interests. Young adult literature is already becoming more complex and varied. In this program a panel of presenters will discuss how the growing complexity of teen’s lives is shaping the content of young adult literature and how they deal with its impact on their libraries and readers. Each member of the panel will give a 5-6 minutes presentation that will focus on the question “How the changing face of today’s teen drive changes in content and what impact will this have on YA libraries and their readers?” The presenters will not only speak to the philosophical side of the issue but will offer practical ideas for collection development, developing and using award lists, creating your own reading lists and marketing books to teens. After hearing what our presenters have to say, participants will be invited to discuss and share their own beliefs and ideas. Presenters: Amy Taylor, Jennifer George, and Megan Chambers