YA author Aija Mayrock to keynote opening session for YALSA’s 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/02/2015


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — Aija Mayrock, author of "The Survival Guide to Bullying," published by Scholastic, will be the keynote speaker for the general opening session on Friday of the 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium, announced the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

“Mayrock’s personal experience and activism are an inspiration to teens and youth advocates alike,” said YALSA’s YA Services Symposium Marketing and Planning Taskforce Chair Jane Gov. “Instead of being brought down by bullies, she uses her experiences as fuel to empower and strengthen others.  She will certainly make a powerful start to the symposium.”

The Young Adult Services Symposium will be held Nov. 6-8, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, with a theme of “Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.  The symposium is funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment.

Early Bird registration is available online through September 15 at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium.  Early Bird registration costs $199 for YALSA members and members of the Oregon Library Association, $249 for ALA members, $310 for nonmembers, and $59 for students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information science program.

Aija Mayrock began writing "The Survival Guide to Bullying" at age 16 after dealing with bullying in her own life for many years. She promised herself that she would publish it as her gift to the next generation of kids who are bullied. Mayrock won the 2013 Silver Medal for Poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Award program joining the ranks of celebrated creative leaders such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King and Lena Dunham, all of whom won a Scholastic Award when they were teens. Mayrock is currently in college in New York City. Her dream is to give a voice to the voiceless through art.

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.