Bourn wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium

For Immediate Release
Wed, 07/20/2016


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — Silence Bourn, a Youth Services librarian at Seminole County Public Library, Northwest Branch, has won the 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Bourn with up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses to attend the 2016 symposium, which will be held Nov. 4–6, in Pittsburgh, PA.

 “It is my desire to develop writing programs and workshops that will provide the guidance and skills teens will need to transition into the workforce,” Bourn wrote in her application.  “It is my belief that attending YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium will offer a wide range of learning opportunities and connect me with a vast network of professionals with whom I can draw inspiration and support from as I tackle the challenges ahead.”

Bourn’s supervisor, Sara Gonzalez, talked about her commitment to young adult services. “I have been consistently impressed with her dedication to the library, her innovative ideas and solutions, and her commitment to the children and teens of our community.” Additionally her supervisor added, “Silence not only cares deeply about serving our community, but about being a shining example for our profession.”

The Young Adult Literature Symposium will be held Nov. 4-6, in Pittsburgh, PA. The 2016 theme is “Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact.” To read program descriptions, find out how to reserve a hotel room, and see the full list of registration rates, visit  Join the conversation online with the hashtag #yalsa16.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: