Young Adult Services Forum (YASF)

Creating and providing professional development opportunities and materials for library staff members working with young adult populations.

2021 YASF Tournament of Books Book Submission

Though the 2020 Tournament of Books has just concluded, it's time to begin selecting titles for next year's tournament! Remember that sequels/companion books are not eligible, as well as non-fiction. Fiction and graphic novels are welcome.

Submit Your Titles 

The #WeWereHere Project aims to create a repository of teen voices in the historic time of 2020. 
If you are a teen, we want to hear from you how this unprecedented year of great social upheaval and pandemic has affected you. If you are a librarian, you can learn how to help and join your library to the project here. If you are just an interested person, please spread this project, use the hashtag, and amplify youth voices locally. Now is the time to hear and more importantly listen to young people.


Laurel Johnson is the Recipient of the Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award
October 1, 2020
Laurel Johnson, Young Adult Services Supervisor at Skokie Public Library, is the 2020 recipient of the Illinois Library Association’s Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by ILA and the Young Adult Services Forum, recog…
YASF Meeting Minutes: 8.13.20
August 21, 2020
Let the Tournament of Books Commence!
August 13, 2020
By Board Member At-Large Martha Sullivan Nominations for this year’s Tournament of Books is underway, and we’ve already seen a bunch of great nominations! We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of these great titles, so that we can …

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  1. Nov 12 2020

    Young Adult Services Forum Board Meeting

    Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 10:00am–12:00pm

    Zoom Meeting

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Forum Leadership

  1. Joe Marcantonio Joe Marcantonio, Manager Teen Place Manager at Schaumburg Township District Library
    Term ends 10/31/2020
  2. Veronica De Fazio Veronica De Fazio, Board liaison Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  3. Kylie L Peters Kylie L Peters, Member Middle School Services Librarian at Geneva Public Library District
    Term ends 10/31/2020
  4. Martha Buehler-Sullivan Martha Buehler-Sullivan, Member Geneva Public Library District
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  5. Quinn Stitt Quinn Stitt, Member Readers Advisory/Teen Librarian II at Berwyn Public Library
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  6. Tracey Vittorio Tracey Vittorio, Member Teen Services Libarian at Plainfield Public Library District
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  7. Izabel Gronski Izabel Gronski, Manager-Elect Oak Lawn Public Library
    Term ends 10/31/2020
  8. Lisa AF Barefield Lisa AF Barefield, Past Manager Head of Teen Services at Wheaton Public Library
    Term ends 10/31/2020
  9. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025

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