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Native YA Today: Contemporary Indigenous Voices and Heroes for the 21rst Century & Beyond
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00AM
In real life and on the page, Native teen heroes rise from sovereign Indigenous Nations. Indigenous representation in YA is shockingly slight, damaging Native youth and depriving those teens who should be their allies, friends. Indigenous writer-educators will candidly discuss their books, their creative journeys, and the need for all teen readers and their literary champions to include Native novels in their reading lives. 

It's a Mystery to Me
Saturday 10:30 -11:30AM
Mystery and horror writers will discuss their latest books. A book signing will follow. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

A Look at the State of the Book with DPLA
Sarturday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Join the Digital Public Library of America for an update on their ebook work, including the DPLA Exchange, Openbookshelf, and SimplyE. The update will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the evolving technology of the book. What do technological advances portend for literacy and knowledge? What are the cultural, technological, and commercial factors influencing the book’s future? How will the future of the book play out in education, scholarship, libraries, and publishing? How will ebook and other digital devices impact the growth of self-publishing? And, what is the role for libraries in maximizing access and use of digital books?

The Power of Book Reviews & Diverse Authorship
Saturday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Book review publications are an integral component of how readers make book choices. Book reviews often drive how books are chosen within public libraries, school and university libraries, in addition to bookstores and mainstream media. Currently, there are no book review publications solely dedicated to diverse authorship. The editors of the forthcoming 2040 Review will present the issues related to the exclusion of authors of color from book review markets and share solutions on how inclusiveness can bridge the gap.

Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can’t Put Down
Saturday 2:30 – 3:30PM
This program will focus on compelling stories about real life events. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert. A book signing will follow. 

Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
From the golden age of science fiction and epic fantasy to the multifaceted world of today, our views and concepts of gender and sexuality have shifted along with the times. A panel of acclaimed authors - Seanan McGuire, Nnedi Okorafor, Jacqueline Carey, and Sherrilyn Kenyon - will discuss how the lens of science fiction and fantasy reflects the world that we see today as well as the world we want to become. 

First Author, First Book
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
In this traditional United for Libraries program, first-time authors will introduce their debuts, providing a chance to get to know future bestselling writers. A book signing will follow. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) - The Four D’s of Translation in Children’s Publishing: Diversity, Drag, Disguise, and Delectation
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
Join the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) to explore what it takes to create a good translated book for youth. This interactive session, moderated by international children’s literature scholars and presented by three award-winning publishers of high quality translated children’s books, examines what occurs when international translations go terribly wrong and creatively explores four important areas of book translations. The session includes prize drawings for international and translated children’s books.


Diverse Users, Diverse Collections: Global Popular Culture Made Local
Sunday 9:00 - 10:00AM
In this session area specialist librarians will explore the opportunities and challenges in developing international popular culture collections. From Bollywood, to Indian comics, to Korean popular culture, we will explore why it’s important to include materials from the Global South in popular culture collections. Finally, we will discuss how librarians without subject or area expertise can build such collections.

Isn't it Romantic?
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30AM
Popular romance authors will discuss their books in this program, which will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. A book signing will follow.

Book Club Central
Sunday 1:00 - 2:00PM
A panel of speakers related to promoting Book Club Central and book clubs in libraries. 

Pleasure Reading in School: Leveraging Enthusiasm for Pleasure Reading
Sunday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Recreate your summer reading program by leveraging the enthusiasm of avid readers in your community to infect the less-avid with the magical combination of a compelling book and a personal connection. Imagined in our private San Jose, California high school nearly 10 years ago, ReCreate Reading has been tested, tweaked and refined. The program replaces required but dreaded annotation, essay writing and testing with dynamic, small group discussions that leave participants coming back for more. 

American Dream Literacy Initiative: 10 Years Serving Adult English Language Learners
Sunday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Since its inception in 2007, the American Dream Literacy Initiative (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/literacy/americandream) has supported public libraries throughout the United States in initiating or expanding literacy services for adult English language learners. Administered by the American Library Association and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the program has provided a total of 214 grants to 188 libraries, across six cohorts. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a Second Language collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English Language Learning, General Educational Development, and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations. This session will share findings and recommendations from a multi-year evaluation study, as well as highlight individual grantee libraries’ successes and stories from the field.

Arab American Literature- A Librarian’s Guide
Sunday 2:00 - 3:30PM
Over recent years, Middle Eastern literature has been making great strides in the international book market, with many authors and works receiving widespread attention and praise. The implementation of awards such as the Arab American Book Awards has also done much to raise the profile of Arabic literature and to facilitate a wider readership. In this session, panelists will highlight Arab American literature, including children’s books featuring Arab American characters to poetry and fiction written by Arab Americans and nonfiction in the field of Arab American studies, along with the award program. 

The Art of Audiobook Narration: RUSA's Listen List
Sunday 2:30 - 3:30PM
The interest in audiobooks has reached an all-time high, as evidenced by the enthusiasm for public libraries’ digital download and physical collections. Librarians can rejoice in the findings of the Audio Publishers Association’s 2017 customer survey, which found that libraries remain major access channels and important drivers of discovery, as 27% of people said borrowing from a library or library site was very important for discovering new audios. Mary Burkey, recipient of the Louis Shore Award for outstanding audiobook reviewing and audiobook columnist for ALA's Booklist, and Renee Young, NoveList's audiobook appeal factor expert, will outline core collection resources, practical professional tools, and provide an audiobook lexicon to facilitate format-specific conversations.


Something for EVERYONE: 15 Years of Teens’ Top Ten!
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
2018 marks YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten fifteenth year! We will be celebrating all things Teens’ Top Ten in this interactive program. Even if your library is not one of those participating in the teen reader groups, all libraries can utilize the resources provided by the Teens’ Top Ten.  

Collection, Conversation, Community: Taking Action to Combat Social Inequities and Fight for Justice in Our Communities
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
What is the wealth and value for students and school-aged patrons of using texts to examine current issues in their communities? This session will look at how our students and patrons, from grade school through high school, can make connections with the broader community outside school and library walls by creating through-lines that encourage connections between literature and “real life”.  

Sizzle, Snap, and Pop: What’s Hot and What We’ve Bought in Young Adult Literature
Monday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Young Adult Literature (YAL) has come to the forefront in the publishing industry. This presentation will focus on thirty newer titles, selected on the basis of positive student response. The list of books will be generated from the Young Adult Choices (YAC) selections, Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list, and student selection from the presenter’s school library. 

Using Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Books to Enrich Programs and Instruction in Public, School, and Academic Libraries
Monday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Learn practical and effective ways to use Coretta Scott King Award-winning books to enrich both programming and instruction. Lead by a team of educators, you will leave this session with resources and creative ideas that can be implemented immediately. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion and a chance to win door prizes. 

Fostering Creative Community Connections with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser 
Monday 2:30 - 3:30PM
This year, the Public Library Association (PLA) launched a new initiative, Fostering Creative Community Connections with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser. With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PLA worked with the French company Short Edition to bring their Short Story Dispenser (http://dispenser.short-edition.com/) and digital content creation platform to several public libraries. The aim of the project is to strengthen a culture of literacy and reading, while increasing public awareness and use of library programs and services. Join us to hear how participating libraries are leveraging the dispensers to strengthen and develop new local programming and connections with library and/or community partner programs and services, in addition to creating new interest in literacy and literature through innovative access to more than 80,000 short stories. We’ll also provide an overview of the national short story writing contest that is part of the project.