The Young Adult Literature Conference, now known as the Colorado Teen Literature Conference, was initiated in 1988 by the Jefferson County Library Foundation, and Metropolitan State College at Denver English Department faculty as an outreach to teachers and library professionals who were concerned about teen literacy. Early sponsors of the conference were Metropolitan State College at Denver and University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development. In 2001 Colorado’s Young Adult Advocates in Libraries (CYAAL) broadened librarians’ participation throughout the state. The Colorado Language Arts Society became a sponsor in 2003, and REFORMA joined shortly after, sponsoring grants for Latina/o teens. Pikes Peak Library District also jumped on board to help with printing of registrations and programs.
Now in its 30th year, the CTLC has maintained its unique character as a gathering of proponents for literature that meets the literacy interests and needs of teens and teen advocates. The 2018 conference will take place on April 14 at the Tivoli Student Union at the Auraria Campus in Denver and will feature two outstanding keynotes - middle grade illustrator Raúl the Third (Lowrider series) and young adult author Simone Elkeles. Interested in attending? A limited number of on-site registrations will be available.
Even you can't make it to the CTLC, you can still check out award-winning children’s illustrator Raúl the Third! He will be at the Denver Central Library on April 15 from 2-3 p.m.to talk about his books and lead a BIC pen comic book workshop for kids. Books will be on hand to buy and have signed by the author courtesy of Tattered Cover Book Store. No need to register, but you can click here to get an email reminder!