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.
YA Fest PA's coordinators and Easton Area Public Library staff adheres to a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY and do not allow harassment of any kind.
If you experience, or witness, any activity that makes you uncomfortable, please find a staff member or adult volunteer for assistance.
Email the YA Fest Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the Palmer Branch staff at 610-258-7492 for an anonymous report.
YA Fest PA and the Easton Area Public Library will not tolerate any form of harassment, including but not limited to:
This policy extends to EVERYONE, including but not limited to Staff, Authors, Attendees, Volunteers, Barnes & Noble Staff, Security, and Press, in all festival spaces.
If a person(s) engages in harassing behavior, YA Fest and/or EAPL staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including asking the offending party to leave the event and, in extreme cases, contacting local law enforcement.
We also enforce and abide by the Policies of the Easton Area Public Library.