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The Adventures of Library Girl

The Adventures of Library Girl
Last week I had the opportunity to attend and present at the Alaskan Library Association Conference (#AKLA) in Anchorage. As a North Carolinian who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was therefore forced to read at least one Jack London short story or novel every single year that I was in public school, (which is the reason why I know a) the exact temperature at which spit freezes and b) that if you're planning to eat your dog to survive in the arctic tundra, you'd better come up with a plan B because your dog will know), I was SOOO excited to visit Alaska. Something about all of those tales of dogsleds and wilderness must have sunk into my DNA as I couldn't wait to leave the lower 48 and plant my feet in snow covered Alaskan snow. In short, I had high expectations for this trip. And let me tell you, they were met!

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YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens? Illustrations by Marcos Chin. It’s not a genre. It’s not a format. It’s not even an age group. The term YA (young adult) is an industry buzzword and popular culture phenomenon, but most of all, it’s a category of books that speaks across genres to the teen experience. While much has been written around its appropriateness for adolescents and its appropriation by adult fans, YA continues to generate big bucks for authors and publishers.

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