In 2011, young adult authors Jennifer Murgia and Cyn Balog approached Stephanie Supinski, branch manager at Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library. They wanted to do a festival celebrating YA authors and their books, but also to allow teens to talk to the authors about their books.
Palmer Branch hosted their first YA Fest in August of 2012 with 35 middle grade, young adult, and new adult authors in attendance. The library greeted 350 guests who chatted with authors, purchased books and entered their names for raffle prizes.
Our mission is to give middle grade and teen readers a chance to connect with authors about books, writing, and publishing. As a library event, we want to encourage young readers to continue reading.
YA Fest is run by Jennifer Murgia and Ashley Supinski. It is an Easton Area Public Library program open to the public. The Friends of the Library sponsor our event.
Held in April 2014, YA Fest hosted 50 authors and greeted 500 guests. Books were for sale thanks to Barnes & Noble store #2210.
Held in October 2015, YA Fest hosted 32 authors and greeted 300 guests. Books were for sale thanks to Barnes & Noble store #2210.
Held in March 2017, YA Fest hosted 42 authors and greeted 400 guests. Books were for sale thanks to Barnes & Noble store #2210.