Students with author Kosoko Jackson

R.A. Long 12th grader Delaney Morgan and 10th graders Madison Jennings and Damien West Weber joined teens from Washington and Oregon schools at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Conference. The students were invited to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults teen feedback session to share their thoughts about the committee’s top pick titles with the committee chair and three members. Using student feedback from the session, committee members will select and publish their top ten titles to recommend to librarians throughout the United States.

To prepare for the event the three students, members of the R.A. Long ReAL Teens Read Club sponsored by R.A. Long Library, read dozens of  titles from a list of over 100 under consideration by the committee. In addition to the feedback session, the day included an opportunity to meet with publisher representatives to get Advanced Reader Copies of upcoming titles, an informal lunch with five authors, and an opportunity to get autographed books.

Damien West Weber with authors Elliott Neff and Shaun David Hutchinson

“Participation in this event emphasizes the library’s important role in student literacy by providing authentic experiences in the district outcome of becoming effective communicators as well as knowledgeable persons who evaluate, create, and use information ethically and effectively,” says Jodi Kruse, R.A. Long teacher librarian. And as an Evergreen Teen Book Award committee chairperson, Mrs. Kruse wants to integrate similar teen feedback sessions in the selection of that committee’s final nominees.

To find out more, visit ReAL Teens Read Bloggers and read featured posts by Delaney Morgan and Madison Jennings. Check the library’s Facebook page for upcoming videos of student feedback.