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The Best New Young Adult Books

A one-day seminar specifically designed for teachers, school librarians, and public librarians.

Presented by Kathleen Odean, a nationally recognized seminar presenter.

NOTE (June 7, 2020): The schedule below is tentative, depending on regulations about COVID-19.  If we can’t hold in-person seminars, we will offer an online version.  We’ll post information when available.  Registration will be open later in the summer.

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  • A lively presentation with useful handouts.
  • Books for grades six through twelve.
  • Contact and clock hours verification available.
Teenager reading a book in the library

Conference Dates

  • Albany — Monday, October 26
  • Syracuse — Tuesday, October 27
  • Portland, ME — Monday, November 2
  • Boston — Tuesday, November 10
  • Concord, NH — Thursday, November 19
  • Hartford, CT — Tuesday, December 1
  • Providence — Thursday, December 3
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African American Girl Reading A Book

About the Program

In this lively one-day seminar, Kathleen Odean introduces the best recently published books for young adults in grades six through twelve.  She brings the books to life with descriptions, quotes, and analysis.  Kathleen also shares practical activities and strategies for promoting the books to teens and integrating them into your program.  Participants have opportunities to chat briefly with each other about books and ideas.  Everyone takes home a 100-page handbook of booklists and resources.  This is Kathleen’s 18th year of presenting seminars that receive excellent evaluations from participants.  Join her for an enjoyable day about wonderful books!

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Love the program!

Allison Krause, English Teacher, Manchester-Essex, NH

This seminar gave me great ideas to promote books in my language arts class. Thank you!

Shannon Witman, ELA Teacher, West M.S., Andover, MA
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