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Saturday, April 21 • 12:20pm - 1:00pm
Being On the National YALSA Teens' Top Ten Panel: A Tale of Many ARCs (Part 2)

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After noting a lack of West Coast libraries among the libraries chosen nationally for the YALSA Teens' Top Ten panel, Sonja Somerville and a group of teens from Salem Public Library decided to put in an application to be part of the 2017-2018 panel. Their excitement at being accepted as one of 20 libraries nationwide also came with a measure of panic. It has been a wild ride as Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) pour into the library. More and more readers have been recruited in an effort to keep ahead of the demand. The best - and also most challenging - thing about this list is that all the reviewing, nominating, and voting is totally generated from teens. No adults allowed. In Part 1 of this session, Sonja and a panel of teen readers share tips, highlight pitfalls, and offer interesting observations in the hope of encouraging increased future participation from Oregon. In Part 2, they'll deliver a series of rapid-fire book talks for some of the most amazing selections they've discovered as part of this process.


Brinsley Hammond-Brouwer

Speak Up! Book Club reader/reviewer, Salem Public Library

Anne Jenkins

Speak Up! Book Club reader/reviewer, Salem Public Library
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Sonja Somerville

Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Sonja Somerville is a recovering journalist and erstwhile grant developer and marketing specialist who finally decided what she really wanted to be was a librarian. She has her MLIS from Drexel University and The Funnest Job Ever getting teens excited about books, planning wildly... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:20pm - 1:00pm PDT
Joplin/Seeger Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA