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PAYA: Bringing (More) YA to PA

You know what I like? Book blogs and libraries, working together.

Book bloggers love their libraries. We borrow books; we donate books.

Some bloggers go further in their support. Check out the fundraising and advocacy of PAYA: Bringing (More) YA.

From their website: “PAYA is a coalition of Pennsylvania’s young adult authors, bloggers, librarians, readers, and other book-lovers. Our mission is two-fold: To share the love we have for young adult literature with others in our state; To raise money to support Pennsylvania’s libraries, with a focus on helping build Young Adult library collections and Young Adult services.”

The 1st Annual 2010 PAYA Festival is Saturday, August 21st, 1pm-3pm at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in West Chester, PA. Eighteen authors will be signing books; there are workshops; raffles; and, of course, a book sale. Full details are at the PAYA website.

PAYA began last October and ran auctions in October and April to benefit Pennsylvania libraries. Another initiative by PaYA  is library-specific book drives.

While I’m just over in New Jersey, this is smack-dab in the middle of my vacation and I will be in North Carolina. I’m not attending, but if you do, please report back about this great event.

If you know of other blogger/library advocacy efforts and fundraising events, please let me know!

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. I was fortunate enough to meet the young lady who organizes this event at ALA this year and she’s fantastic. If PAYA was closer in proximity I’d definitely be participating.