Saturday, June 30, 2012

Guest Blog: ALA for BFYA

We two teen librarians took three of our teens who are avid readers with us last weekend to the annual American Library Association convention for librarians, which took place at the Anaheim Convention Center this year, to speak at the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) event. The teens had to read books ahead of time and be prepared to report on them--whether they liked them or not and why--to the committee that creates the BFYA list each year. The final list will be published in January, based mostly on the picks and pans of these 50 teens. Our participants were Erica, Susie and Henry, and this below is Henry's report:

The ALA convention was the best 10 hours I ever spent around books! At the Anaheim Convention Center, they had an exhibit hall where publishers were giving out free ARCs (advanced reader copies of books that will be released later on in the year or next year) to any teens who asked for them. I snagged 28, and a FIVE dollar hardcover copy of The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi and got it signed by the author!!! I also had five other books signed: two historical graphic novels filled with different stories about Native Americans and Washington, D.C., as well as Prodigy (the sequel to Legend) by Marie Lu, Matched, by Allie Condie, and a new book called Origin, by an up-and-coming author, Jessica Khoury--her first book. We also had a luncheon, and then we all went up to the Marriott to give reviews on the BFYA list nominees. This was the only negative because the same books were reviewed eight or nine times during the two-hour period. We all got home around 7:00. It was an awesome experience and I will go as many times as I can with the library. It was awesome!!!

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