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YSS Offers Three-Day Literary Line-up in Rochester  

In May 2013, the Youth Services Section has partnered with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

(TBF) to present three days of activities for specialists in both children’s and young adult literature.

Announced this summer at ALA’s Annual Conference, YSS was selected along with Nazareth College to host the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Michael Morpurgo on Thursday evening, May 16.  On Friday, May 17, YSS will offer their 38th annual Spring Conference at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport.  The conference date was selected to allow conference goers to also attend the Teen Book Festival on Saturday, May 18, at Nazareth College.  TBF is a free event for teens and adults who enjoy young adult literature. 

Amy Dickinson

YSS Conference Chair Cathy Henderson and the Conference Planning Committee has selected “Among the Readers and Beyond” as the theme of the day-long conference in “The Flower City.”  Critically acclaimed author of teen and middle-grade novels, Margaret Peterson Haddix, will be the luncheon speaker.  Nationally syndicated advice columnist and NPR commentator Amy Dickinson, author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter and the People Who Raised Them, will provide the keynote speech.

There will be an opportunity to select three workshops from an offering of fifteen presentations and panel discussions.  Topics will include reaching reluctant readers, gaming for all ages, outreach in the community, new programming ideas for children, tweens, and teens, music in storytime, powerful partnerships, genre arrangements for early literacy collections, and the new NYS Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.

Conference registration includes a continental breakfast and luncheon.  Early bird rates apply until Monday, March 25, 2013. 

Michael Morpurgo

Reduced registration fees will be offered for library school students and New York Library Association members in the Youth Services Section and the Section of School Librarians.  Those registered for the conference will have the first opportunity to secure free tickets for the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Margaret Peterson Haddix

On Saturday, TBF Live! The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival ( will celebrate eight years and counting with a line-up of 30 nationally-known authors with incredible appeal to tweens and teens.  It will be a day for teens, but all adult readers and book lovers are also welcome to this free event.  Over the years, the attendance has continued to grow, with an average of 3,500 teens, their families, librarians, and school faculty enjoying a day set aside to celebrate authors, books, and fun.  Young adult author Ellen Wittlinger has called TBF “the Woodstock of YA lit!” and this nationally-renowned festival means lots of fans, great publicity, and “rock star treatment” for all the authors involved.   

Come for the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, attend the YSS Spring Conference, and stay to meet your favorite young adult authors at the Teen Book Festival.  The Holiday Inn Rochester Airport is offering a special rate of $109 per night during this time period.  Reservations can be made directly with the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport at (585) 328-6000.  State that you are attending the New York Library Association’s Youth Services Section Conference to receive the special room rate (group code NYL).

Further information including a Spring Conference 2013 registration brochure and ticket request form for the Arbuthnot Lecture will be posted on the YSS Web site in January 2013.  YSS Conference Chair Cathy Henderson may be contacted at or (585) 723-2488.