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Edina students engage in the reading community at Teen Lit Con

May 7, 2019 – Each year, Edina Public Schools (EPS) loads up a bus full of readers, grades 6-12, and takes them to a local literature event: Teen Lit Con. Authors, books, teens and fun collided in this all day event that A senior and a sixth grader smiling together at Teen Lit Con includes author meetings, breakout sessions, writer workshops, and book signings. There are presentations on newly released titles and opportunities for students to purchase books. Teens are able to explore being part of a larger reading community. 

 “I’ve been to Teen Lit Con for the past four years and it was a blast every time,” said Charlotte Palmer, a senior at EHS. “I loved hanging out with my close friends, talking about our favorite books and getting excited to meet our favorite authors!”   

Senior Annika Kelly has also attended Teen Lit Con many times. “Teen Lit Con offers great opportunities for your readers and writers to learn from their peers and favorite authors in a really cool and fun environment,” she said. “I look forward to it every year!” 

Media Specialists Bob Diehl (SVMS), Heather Palmer (VVMS) and Sara Swenson (EHS) attended the event with students. “It’s been fun for readers to participate each year. Teen Lit Con is a place where readers truly come alive, meeting their favorite authors, talking with fellow readers and writers,” Swenson explained. “Part of the fun of being a school media specialist is seeing students’ excitement around reading and helping to make those connections for readers.”

The 2019 event marked its sixth anniversary and featured 12 authors, seven of which are Minnesota-based. Teen Lit Con is sponsored by MELSA with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and with co-sponsors Metronet, Mackin, Dakota Co. Library, & Hennepin Co. Library. Students from all over Minnesota come together to share a love of literature, reading, and writing with authors and each other.

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