Faythe Arredondo is the Teen Services Librarian for the Tulare County Library in way too sunny California, but works mainly at the Visalia Branch Library. A 2007 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she also has a degree in Sports Management (yes, really) and Public Relations. She has been working with teens since 2008 and her current crazy teens since 2011. When not doing work on YALSA Committees (2015 Quick Picks and 2016 Morris), she can be found watching hockey, baseball, movies, talking Star Wars, reading (naturally), debating another tattoo, or playing games on her phone, iPad, PS3, or PSP. Not that she has a problem. You can find Faythe on Twitter (@farre) or Tumblr (farre.tumblr.com).

Alicia Blowers is the middle school librarian at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. Don’t let her current location fool you, though, because she is a Jersey Girl through and through. She earned her MLIS for Rutgers University in 2008. An active member of YALSA, Alicia has served on the 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults committee and the 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award committee. She also serves on the board of Capitol Choices. Find her on twitter @aliciablowers and every once in a while on her blog The LibrariYAn. If she can’t be found in either of those places, she’s probably walking her dog, curled up with a good book, and/or eating cheese.

Eden Grey
is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. She earned her MLIS from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is a Michigan native. Eden is a reviewer of Young Adult books for School Library Journal, YABooksCentral, and SWON’s ROYAL special interest group. She also leads SWON’s Teen Services Special Interest Group. When she is not herding cats -ahem, teens- at the library, and ambushing unsuspecting patrons to recommend books to them, Eden can be found reading, knitting, sewing, cosplaying, and playing Pokemon. You can always find her on Twitter (@edyngrey), and Blogging Between the Lines.

Evan Mather 
is the Young Adult Librarian at Bloomingdale Public Library in Bloomingdale IL. He has worked with teens, in libraries, or both for over a decade, and received his MLIS from Dominican University in 2015. He has a passion for libraries, and his favorite age group to work with is teens (mostly because they can best appreciate both an awesome database and an on-point fart joke). When he isn’t working at the library or advocating for it in the community, he can be found reading, watching movies, wrestling with tangled earbuds, or drinking coffee/beer/whiskey. You can find Evan shouting smart library thoughts and/or dumb jokes at the Internet on Twitter (@evan_mather).


Alice Son spends her days hanging out with young adults as Teen Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a northwest suburb of Chicago. She taught high school English and worked as a web developer for years before finding a home in librarianship. She appreciates all kinds of technology, thoughtful syntax, and fandoms (especially of the boy wizard variety). She is a Gryffindor. You can find her collection of non sequiturs on Twitter (@alicehson).


Linda Jerome is the teen librarian at La Crosse Public Library on the beautiful “west coast” of Wisconsin. She’s been working in libraries for the last 24 years in a variety of positions but has been working with children/teens for the bulk of her career and for the the last dozen years has focused on teen services. A 2010 graduate of UW-Milwaukee SOIS program, she has been active in the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the Wisconsin Library Association, currently serving as past-chair of the YSS board. When she isn’t reading teen books and pushing them on unsuspecting family and friends, she directs two handbell choirs, snuggles with her two dogs (mutts FTW!), cheers too loudly for the Badgers and Packers and enjoys a glass of good whiskey. You can find her on Twitter (@lindalouj) pretty much all the time because she *might* have a Twitter addiction.


Beth Saxton has over ten years experience as a Youth Services Librarian with a focus on Teen Services.  After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 2002 she found a real passion for helping teens learn more about their interests and discover their favorite books.  She is a member of ALSC and YALSA and has served on Popular Paperbacks, the 2012 Printz committee, and the 2015 Edwards committee. When she isn’t reading, blogging, or raising a little reader of her own, she’s knitting, crafting, or participating in various fandoms. You can find her on Twitter (@BethReads) or her website (Bethreads.com)


ReginaRegina Townsend is the Teen Services and Outreach Librarian in the western-suburbs of Chicago.  A 2011 graduate of Dominican University, she walked right out of graduation and into a newly created teen position, and hasn’t looked back. Regina was most recently named the 2014 Young Adult Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Association, and is learning how to get her feet wet in YALSA.  When her teens aren’t squatting in her office talking and she gets a second to think, she can be found in front of her PlayStation(s), teaching herself Photoshop, awaiting her Hogwarts acceptance letter, or obsessively curating her Pinterest boards (to her husband’s chagrin). You can find Regina on Twitter (@MsHootieHoo),  Pinterest, or her blog (MissHootieHoo.com)



Whitney Winn is a Teen Services Librarian at the King County Library System near Seattle, WA. She earned her MLIS from UCLA in 2008 and has been working as a full-fledged librarian since 2013 after a detour to higher education administration. To keep up her library skills, she has been involved with YALSA on several committees, including the 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults committee. Besides libraries and books, she dabbles in various crafts including quilting and embroidery, plays board games, and spends too much time on Tumblr (whitneywinn.tumblr.com and poplibrary.tumblr.com). You can also find her on Twitter (@whitneywinn) and on her blog (YouthServicesCorner.com).