Navigate difficult situations with YALSA’s preconference, “It’s Perfectly Normal”

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

March 16, 2010

CHICAGO — Teens face difficult situations every day, and librarians need the tools to help support young adults through the tricky adolescent years. Topics like sexuality, abuse, privacy and others can be difficult for librarians to address with teens or their parents and caregivers.

To help librarians navigate delicate matters, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will offer a full-day preconference, “It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with ‘Sensitive’ Topics in Teen Services” at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. You do not need to register for ALA Annual Conference to attend this workshop. Tickets for the preconference cost $195 for YALSA members, $235 for ALA members and $285 for nonmembers.

Experts in the field of adolescent development, along with authors and librarians, will discuss how they have managed to successfully maneuver this difficult landscape. Participants will explore strategies for collection development, services and programming relating to these sensitive issues. Speakers for the preconference include authors Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan and Ellen Hopkins.

If you wish to register for this event without registering for Annual, you can download the form to mail or fax in (ignore part I) at If you haven’t registered for Annual, you can do so at and add this special event onto your registration.

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1)
By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2)
Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on
this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you have added.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,