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2017 YA Summit

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January 26-28, 2017

Prescott Resort and Conference Center
1500 AZ-69
Prescott, AZ 86301

Teens Transform!


Libraries are increasingly finding a need to reach out to the young adult community. Libraries are transforming from places that provide resources into places that provide community. The young adult community requires a place free from judgment where they can be themselves, and the libraries are transforming into a place where they can safely gather for fun, education, and companionship.

Library staff who work with teens, whether in a public library setting or a high school setting, have a passion for what they do. But they can’t do it alone! How are you transforming your teens, your library, and your community? How can we engage teens to transform their lives?


Thank you to those who applied for a sponsorship! The application period is now closed. All recipients have been notified.


Session Registration

Includes: Sessions, meals and author Maggie Stievater keynote address.
Cost: Members $150 / Non-Members $175

Full Summit Package

Includes: Hotel, meals, pre-sessions and sessions, off-site excursions, opening reception, and author Maggie Stievater keynote address.
Cost: $1,160

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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater Portrait

I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither. I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car. I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki. I like things that go.

Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Pena Potrait

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen Portrait

Tom is a lifelong Arizona resident. He attended a local private school for grades K through 8, a public high school for 9 through 12, then spent twenty years working on a bachelor’s degree — so, never give up. He has been writing fiction since second grade, when one of his teachers had him read an original short story to the first graders next door. He became an agented writer in late 2006; his first novel, Party, was published by Random House Children’s Books in 2010. Since then, he has published with Abrams/Amulet, Simon & Schuster, and again with Random House. His eighth novel will be released in 2017. In addition to writing fiction, Tom is a frequent speaker and instructor of writing, from early grades through adult. He regularly speaks at writer and educator conferences, various fan conventions, and school and library programs.


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Program Descriptions and Speaker Bios


Day 1


Thursday, January 26, 2017

 2:00 pm  Hotel Check-in
 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm  Pre-Summit Workshop STEM Activities by STEMAZing DaNell Hogan
 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Opening Key Note Speaker:  Author Maggie Steifvater 
 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  Welcome Meet and Greet Reception

Day 2

Friday, January 27, 2017

 8:00 am - 9:00 am  Breakfast
 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Opening Key Note - Author Tom Leveen
 10:00 am - 10:15 am  Break
 10:15 am - 11:45 am  Room 1: Re-Imagining Spaces: (Alternate Reality) Games and Gaming
  in Cultural Institutions - Angelia Giannone and Antionnet Johnson
   Room 2: NANOWRIMO - Grant Faulkner
 11:45 am - 1:30 pm  Lunch and Networking
 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Room 1: Connected Learning Outside the Box - Corey Wittig
   Room 2: LRNG - Jennifer Greenlee
 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm  Break
 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm  Room 1: Connected Learning Outside the Box - Corey Wittig
   Room 2: New Competencies for Young Adult Library Services - Crystle Martin, YALSA
 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  Scavenger Hunt / Dinner: On Your Own
 7:15 pm - ??????  Meet the Authors on Whiskey Row

Day 3

Saturday, January 28, 2017

 8:00 am - 9:00 am  Breakfast
 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Opening Key Note - Author Matt de la Pena
 10:00 am -10:15 am  Break
 10:15 am - 11:45 am  Room 1: Summer Reading Program Training - Donna Throckmorton
   Room 2: YA Literature and Fan Created Work - Robin Brenner
 11:45 am - 1:30 pm  Networking Lunch
 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Room 1: Teen Leadership Seminar - Emily Scherrer
   Room 2: Amplifying Youth Voice and Diversity - Logan Philips, ArtSpeak
 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm  Break
 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm  Debriefing and Conclusion

Fun Friday Adventure

We also have fun activities planned on Friday after the workshops. Ready for a scavenger hunt? Join us in the Antiques District to search for clues! If you gather all the clues, your name will be entered in a chance to win a prize drawing. Your ticket to participate can be any item from the YA Summit CafePress store. Just wear or present the item to get in on the fun! This exciting excursion will take place following sessions. Afterward, you can relax on Whiskey Row and hang out with some of the authors at the YA Summit.


For questions or more information, please contact Lauren Regenhardt or Rob Wilson.

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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