Everything YA

Date: Friday, September 6th, 2019

Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Circle City Center 365 N. Main St., Corona, CA 92880


  • $25 for ILS Members
  • $30 for Non-ILS Members
  • Presenters will receive a special discount!

Registration Deadline: August 20th at 5:00 PM or when spaces are filled.


Join us for the Inland Library System YA Interest Group’s fourth annual Everything YA mini-conference specifically for Teen/Tween librarians. This event will provide teen and tween librarians with programming ideas for several recurring events—as well as helpful advice regarding YA Collection Development, Serving Challenging Communities, Building Partnerships within your Community and much more. Throughout the day there will be plenty of time to network and share your own great ideas!

Former REFORMA President Madeline Peña will kick-off the event with the first of the morning’s keynotes, followed by Crystle Martin, Former YALSA President and Director of Library and Learning Resources at El Camino College in Torrance, California. The event will culminate in a panel discussion, “Diversity in YA.” The panel features YA author Cindy Pon (Ruse) as moderator, along with authors Mary Weber (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow), Jeff Sweat (Mayfly), Dana L. Davis (The Voice in My Head), and Daniel Acosta (Iron River). A local bookseller will be on hand to sell copies of the authors’ books, and a signing will follow the panel. Panel bios and full schedule/description of the day’s activities follow below.


Madeline Peña is the Digital Content Manager for the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). In the past, she has worked as Multilingual Collections Manager and Bilingual Social Media Librarian with LAPL.

She has been an active member of REFORMA for the past six years. She is a current member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, serving as Chapter Representative for the West Region, Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee, and Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for RNCVI. In the past she has served in a variety of positions including President of the Los Angeles Chapter, and Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for RNCVI.

In 2015, she was honored with the REFORMA Dr. Arnulfo Trejo Librarian of the Year Award.

Crystle Martin was the YALSA President (2018 - 2019) and Director of Library and Learning Resources at El Camino College in Torrance, California. She has been active with YALSA since 2013. She has a PhD in Education and studied how youth learn and develop information skills in their online interest spaces.

Meet the Panel

Cindy Pon


Cindy Pon is a writer and a longtime student of Chinese brush painting. She is the author of Fury and the Phoenix, Serpentine, and Silver Phoenix, which was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth, and one of 2009's best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. She lives in Southern California. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and part of the We Need Diverse Books advisory board.

Mary Weber


Mary Weber is the bestselling HarperCollins author of six books, including the Storm Siren Trilogy and this year’s highly acclaimed To Best the Boys. In her spare time, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking aging superstars while wearing sweatpants. You can join her shenanigans on IG (@maryweberauthor) & her newsletter (

Jeff Sweat


Jeff is the author of the post-apocalyptic novel Mayfly. Jeff’s life has been centered around the story—first as a journalist, then as a social media pioneer, and then as a public relations expert. He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children and attended Columbia University. Jeff lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, two racing greyhounds and a blue-tongued skink.

Dana L. Davis


Dana L. Davis is a novelist and Hollywood actress with previous series regular roles as: Carmen Phillips on TNT’s Franklin and Bash and modern day mimic Monica Dawson on NBC’s cult series Heroes.

She currently stars on the animated series Star Vs. the Forces of Evil, Craig of the Creek, and She-Ra. Dana has guest-starred in over 20 prestigious primetime series, including 911, Scorpion, Code Black, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI. She made her film debut in Coach Carter with Samuel Jackson.

In addition to her work on screen, Dana has become a motivational speaker for teens. Her stirring assemblies empower and encourage youth, helping them to redefine what it means to win and lose.

Extremely versatile, Dana is a screenwriter and a trained Violist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Loyola Marymount University. She volunteers for nonprofits like Empowering Lives International, an organization which provides training, resources, and encouragement to underprivileged East African children. Dana also created her own nonprofit organization Culture For Kids, LA, an organization which gifts inner city children tickets and transportation to see performing arts shows around the Los Angeles area. 

Dana was raised in the Midwest and currently resides in Los Angeles with her 7-year-old daughter.

Daniel Acosta


Daniel Acosta was born and grew up in California. After a half year as a novice in the Claretian order, Daniel left the seminary and enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles. Following college, Daniel was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was discharged from the Army in 1972 and returned to CSULA to earn his teaching credential. Daniel earned a Master’s Degree from CSULA and spent thirty-four years teaching English and creative writing at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, California. A former member of the L.A. Barrio Writer’s Workshop, Daniel retired from teaching in 2007 and returned to his writing. His fiction has appeared in national print and digital periodicals. Iron River is his debut novel. Daniel is the father of four. He and his wife, Linda, live in Rosemead, California.

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