For immediate release | May 25, 2016

Join YALSA at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has big plans ahead for Annual 2016 – join us June 24 – 28 in Orlando for five action-packed days with endless opportunities to learn and network with your fellow colleagues, favorite authors, and experts in the teen services field.

To register, visit Advanced registration ends June 17, 2016. Register in advance and save on onsite registration costs.

Already registered? You can add special events such as the brunch honoring Edwards Award winner, David Levithan, to your existing registration in two ways:

(1) by phone: Call CompuSystems at 855-326-8344 and ask to add the Edwards Brunch to your existing registration; or

(2) online: Click on the dashboard link found in your registration confirmation email. If you need additional assistance with adding events, email

YALSA will be hosting the following ticketed and special events:

  • Booklist and YALSA Present: The Michael L. Printz Program and Reception

    Friday, June 24 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Kick off your Annual Conference by attending the Michael L. Printz Program and Reception on Friday night! Come listen to the 2016 Michael L. Printz winner, Laura Ruby, speak about her writing. Afterwards, Laura Ruby and honor book authors Marcus Sedgwick and Ashley Hope Pérez will respond to questions, followed by a reception. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist Publications.

    Tickets – $34 in advance/$40 on-site

  • Margaret A. Edwards Brunch

    Saturday, June 25 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Come join us for lunch and listen to the winner of the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award, David Levithan, speak about his writing. The award honors an author's significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine.

    Tickets – $39 (no on-site ticketing)

  • YALSA Happy Hour, Sponsored by ABRAMS

    Saturday, June 25 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Mingle with YALSA members at The Pub, located in Pointe Orlando, walking distance from the OCCC at 9101 International Dr. #1003, Orlando, FL 32819. Enjoy a complimentary drink and light refreshments courtesy of the sponsor, ABRAMS. Open to all attendees.

  • YA Authors Coffee Klatch

    Sunday, June 26 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA's award winning authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors such as Marcus Sedgwick, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Cat Winters, who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA's five literary awards. Attendees will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at each table to talk about their current projects! See a list of participating authors here.

    Tickets $25 in advance. Please note, a limited quantity of tickets will be sold on-site.

View a complete listing of YALSA events at

For questions about any of YALSA’s events or programs, please contact Nichole O’Connor at or 800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

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:


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)