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YALSA's Young Adult Services Symposium takes place Nov. 3-5, 2017, in Louisville, KY. YALSA will host special events requiring additional registration on Friday, with concurrent sessions taking place all day on Saturday and for a half-day on Sunday morning.

All attendees are eligible to receive a continuing education certificate showing the number of contact hours. There will be a signup sheet at registration and certificates will be e-mailed out two weeks following the Symposium. 

Ticketed Events  I  Free Evening Activities  I  Concurrent Sessions

Ticketed Events (these are an extra fee, optional, separate from registration)

AM Preconference, Friday, 9am-12pm, $79 TBD

PM Preconference, Friday, 1pm-4pm, $79. TBD

Squatters Brew Pub Dinner, Friday 7:30pm, $49.
Join fellow attendees for a casual dinner at a local brew pub  Buffet dinner is included, cash bar available. Although much has changed since the first Squatters beer was poured in 1989, we remain firmly dedicated to our original goal of providing our customers world-class handcrafted beer and food in a warm, friendly environment. As we have grown, we have continued to embrace our Triple Bottom Line philosophy of People Planet Profit, where supporting a healthy community is a priority. Some of the organizations with whom we partner include: The Downtown Alliance, Utahns Against Hunger, Equality Utah, Alliance House, and Green Bike SLC. We procure healthy ingredients and use environmentally friendly products and services from within our local eco-region and develop long-lasting relationships with farmers, growers and suppliers so that we know exactly what is and is not in the products that we buy. We purchase Blue Sky Wind Power and are continuously working to reduce our carbon footprint by procuring products produced from post-consumer recycled materials and purchasing goods that are environmentally friendly, sending less waste to our landfills. These efforts have resulted in Squatters being recognized locally and state-wide for its efforts.   

Author Luncheon, Saturday, 12pm-1:30pm, $49. Featured authors TBD.  Enjoy lunch, listen to authors, and receive signed copies of their books. 

Optional free activities

Discovery Experience at the Family History Library, Friday, 2:00pm.  Limited number of spots available. Participants will go through a guided family discovery workshop. The focus of the Family History Library is to help guests make personal family discoveries. The Discovery Center is a family-friendly area where families can begin their journey of self and family discovery through fun and engaging activities. We encourage each guest to enter some family information in the Family Tree on FamilySearch before their visit. In addition to listing the basic information about your family members, be sure to include a few photos and stories in the Memories section. Please note: Having a FamilySearch account is NOT required to enjoy the Discovery experience, however, guests will have a more meaningful experience if they have an account and their family tree started.  A free FamilySearch account can be obtained at htttps://   

Family History Library Tour, Friday, 7:00pm. Come take a guided tour of The Family History Library.  While there will not be any guided family history activities, the library will be open until 9:00pm if you wish to do some research after the tour.

Free Evening Activities (included with registration)

Opening Session: Fri. Nov. 2nd at 5:00PM

Book Blitz and Galley Grab, Sat. Nov. 3rd, 5:00pm

Immediately following the concurrent sessions on Saturday, registrants can grab a free YALSA bag and attend the Book Blitz and Galley Grab where they can score free books, advanced reading copies, and rub elbows with authors.  Hors d'oeuvres served. Cash bar.

Closing Session:  Sunday, November 4th 12-1pm 

Concurrent Sessions (included with registration) Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am-12:00pm, Closing session 12-1:30pm

Saturday, 8:30am-10:00am, Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm, Saturday, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Sunday 8:30am-10:00am, Sunday, 10:30am-12:00pm. 

There will be three sessions to choose from in each of the above time slots.  Then, the Closing Session is from 12-1:30pm on Sunday.  Program descriptions are below.  

Saturday 8:30-10:00am


Saturday 10:30am -12:00pm


Saturday 1:30pm - 3:00pm

William C. Morris Author Forum

Debut YA authors will discuss what led them to write for teens, their creative process, and the experience of publishing a novel.  


Saturday 3:30pm - 5:00pm


Sunday 8:30am - 10:00am


Sunday 10:30am - 12:00pm