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 Registration | Authors | Agenda | Contact

Thursday, January 31 - Saturday, February 2

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?


YA Summit to Return to Prescott


Apply for the YA Summit Full Sponsorship Here!

  • Cut off date for sponsorship application: November 11th
  • Conference registration, meals, and resort lodging for sponsorship recipients are free.

Registration - Coming Soon!

    • Registration begins November 12th 
    • Session Registration includes: Sessions, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, and author keynote address.
    • Cost: AzLA Members $165 / Non-Members $200


Adele Murray & Morgan Wylie


ADELE MURRAY studied and worked as an archaeologist before becoming a librarian where she has six years’ experience supporting STEAM learning for urban youth. She now runs teen tech programming at Hennepin County Library – North Regional.

MORGAN WYLIE studied computer science and art at Cornell College, and has over 12 years’ experience in supporting youth education at non-profit arts, cultural, and library organizations. She currently runs teen tech programming at Hennepin County Library – Brookdale.


Logan Phillips


Logan Phillips works as a bilingual poet and performance artist, touring his art throughout the US, Latin America and beyond. Born and raised in Cochise County, Arizona to a family of Irish-Slavic ancestry, Phillips lived in and around Mexico City 2006-2011, where he contributed to organizing and hosting the country's first regular poetry slam series. He the author of the full-length book of poems Sonoran Strange, (West End Press, Albuquerque, 2015), named a “Top Pick” for Southwest Book of the Year by the region’s librarians. A seasoned arts educator, Phillips also co-directs the youth-centered arts and social justice organization Spoken Futures, Inc., whose programs include the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and La Pilita Cultural Center in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo.

 Thane Benson  

Thane Benson is a librarian for Denver Public Library. He works with teens to create original programming that fosters creativity and encourages expression among young people. He is the author of the book Murder Mystery, Graphic Novels, and More: Innovative Programs for Engaging Teens in Your Library, soon to be published by ABC-CLIO. When he is not at the library, Thane moonlights as an independent comic book and graphic novel creator. His work is online at

 Keliann LaConte  

Over the past decade, Keliann LaConte has worked with library, education, and STEM professionals to support the “STEM in libraries” movement in the U.S. As a 2018-19 Fulbright Global Scholar, Keliann is conducting research and professional development on the topic of STEM learning in libraries in Australia and the UK. Keliann co-convened the 2015 Public Libraries & STEM conference, and she currently provides resources and training to U.S. librarians as a member of the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) leadership team. Her training includes a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Denver; she also has a master's degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Caltech, and she performed astrobiology research at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Day 1 - Thursday, January 31st 

2 PM Hotel Check-in                                                                            
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Pre-Summit Workship - YALSA Session
7 PM - 8 PM Opening Speaker - Author, Tom Leveen
8 PM - 10 PM Welcome Meet and Greet Reception

Day 2 - Friday, February 1st  

8 AM - 9 AM  Breakfast
9 AM - 10 AM Opening Key Note - Jennifer LaGarde
10 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10: 15 AM - 11:45 AM  Room 1 - Root Cause Prevention - Sebastian Blackwell, Bloom 365
  Room 2 - Robots and Teen Programming Ideas! - Alyson Walker
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM  Lunch & Networking
1:30 PM - 3 PM 

Room 1 - 5 Laws of Teen Programs - Wylie & Murray 

Are you struggling with teen programs and looking for ways to get teens into your library? Tired of sitting in an empty room with cold pizza? Learn best practices for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs for teens. Attendees will share and learn about the following topics: formal and informal programs; outreach; partnerships; funding challenges and opportunities; creating affirming spaces; and connected learning.


Room 2 - Murder Mystery for Teens - Thane Benson

For the past five years at Denver Public Library we've created different interactive murder mystery events as Halloween programs for teens. These events are created by teens who write the script and act out the parts of the characters (aka the suspects). Other teens are invited to the event as guests. The guests witness the drama and then, working in teams, they must solve the mystery by interviewing all the suspects. We will explain the formula we use to create these events. Then workshop attendees will work together to create the outline of an original murder mystery story.


This is an interactive workshop by design. Some information will be presented in lecture form but attendees will be encouraged to actively participate. We will model how to facilitate creative brainstorming and group writing sessions with teens by having the audience play the part of a teen group by brainstorming and writing an original murder mystery story in the workshop. Attendees will walk away with a functional murder mystery outline as well as the tools to work with with teens to create their own original story.

3 PM - 3:15 Break - Announce Scavenger Hunt
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM Room 1 - Mobile Makerspace - Vicki Lazaro

Room 2 - Women in Conversation - Local Author Panel 

Several popular authors who write for Young Adults and live in Arizona will gather to share their ideas and take questions from the audience. Featured YA authors are Amy Trueblood, Erin Jade Lange, Shonna Slayton, Sonja Stone and Suzanne Young.

After Work Hours Fun  
5:15 PM - 7 PM Scavenger Hunt / Dinner: On your own
7:15 PM - ???  Author Meet and Mingle
Day 3 - Saturday, February 2nd     
8 AM - 9 AM Breakfast
9 AM - 10 AM  Author Key Note - Mitali Perkins
10 AM -10:30 AM Break (Author signing)
10:30 AM - 12 PM

Room 1 - Out-of-this-world Programs - STARnet

The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) leads a vibrant online community that is designed to connect libraries with Science-Technology Activities and Resources. This workshop features inexpensive, easy‐to‐do activities to engage your patrons in NASA science and discovery. Receive NASA resources and discuss how they can be used to engage diverse members of your community. Learn how you can use STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse, blog, and resource pages to see how other libraries are facilitating STEM learning and share your own experiments in STEM programming.

  Room 2 - Starting Magic At Your Library! - Jeffrey Stoffer
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking lunch and raffle drawings
1:30 PM - 3 PM Room 1 - Title TBA, - Dr. Joan Kaywell
  Room 2 - DJ Skillz at your Library! - Logan Phillips
3 PM - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM - 4 PM  Conclusion, Debriefing and MAJOR Raffle!



For questions or more information, please contact Donna Boyce 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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