SEE YOU @ SE-YA!
Written by Lindsey Kimery
What happens when two Tennessee librarians travel to a book festival in another state? They start brainstorming and dreaming on the ride home about starting a teen book festival in Tennessee! The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival (SE-YA) is in its fourth year and will be held March 7-9 at MTSU. The festival features 40 authors of middle grade and young adult literature. Readers have the opportunity to connect with a diverse lineup of New York Times best-selling and award-winning authors from around the country. March 7 and 8 are reserved for school field trips only. Community Day, which is open to the public, is on Saturday, March 9, and writing workshops will be offered at 9am, followed by a full day of panels and book signings. Attendance certificates will be available for educators and librarians in need of professional development.
Want to get even closer to the action? SE-YA is currently in need of volunteers to assist with registration, serve as panel hosts, hospitality, and more! Sign up on the website between now and February 12 and receive a free t-shirt. What a wonderful opportunity for the amazing librarians of Tennessee!
The festival is sponsored by Follett, Rotary, the Richard Siegel Foundation, Sharing Change, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. The mission of SE-YA is to encourage and develop literacy in young adults by connecting them with authors, thereby advancing education in the community.
For the Community Day schedule to volunteer, become a sponsor, and more, please visit www.seyabookfest.com. If you want to register to bring students on March 7 or 8, please email info@seyabookfest for registration information.
Lindsey Kimery is the Library Media Specialist at Woodland Middle School in Brentwood, TN. She is TASL’s Secretary, Advocacy Chair and is Vice-President of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival. She writes about library programming and lesson ideas on her blog, LibraryStile.