Williamson to open YLG London conference

Williamson to open YLG London conference

Lisa Williamson, author of YA novel The Art of Being Normal (David Fickling Books), is the author speaker at this year’s London conference organised by CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG).

Williamson will open the YLG London UnConference 2015, which is taking place 8th March at Richmond Reference Library in London, with a speech about libraries, children, and the importance of reading stories about diverse characters.

The conference is an annual event focusing on children’s librarians but Jonas Herriot, customer services manager at Richmond-upon Thames-Libraries, said it is open to anyone interested in children’s books.

“We have a diverse mix of people who usually attend ranging from librarians to paraprofessionals who work in libraries,” he said. “These can be from public, school, or even academic libraries. We also hope to have authors, publishers and others from the wider book industry to attend, as it gives them a perfect opportunity to speak tofrontline staff.”

Other topics covered at the event will include engaging with a teenage audience, promoting reading in children, and how to run story activities using picture books.

Herriot is also looking for attendees to host their own sessions, and said they canbase their talks on any subject related to libraries.

He said: “These sessions can be a chance to talk to others about any area you are familiar with, get advice from othersabout areas you would like to know more about, or to simply learn from yourpeers.”

The conference is free but attendees must register their place or pitch an idea for hosting session on the YLG wiki page.