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2016 Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar

Seminar Evaluation New!

Dear Susan and Jill,

Thank you ever so much for welcoming me back to Kalamazoo so kindly. It is not a coincidence that both K-words are linked somehow—what fun to share such yummy meals and great gatherings of people. I loved every minute. Your wondrous city and library system is so lucky to have you both. Love, Naomi.


Date, Location

  • Friday, November 18, 2016
  • 9 am - 3:30 pm; check in beginning at 8 am
  • Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University, 
    2350 Business Court, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Map, Directions, Free Parking
  • Registration Required registration is now closed

Featured Speaker: Naomi Shihab Nye

2016 marks Kalamazoo Public Library’s 39th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar. This year’s seminar features award-winning author and poet Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning Kalamazoo author Jennifer Clark, and award-winning educator and teen book reviewer Ed Spicer. Learn more...


“As writers, creative thinkers, interesting human beings, how do we use what we already have? How do we extend our realms of knowing? Every single person, at every age, is already rippling with details, images, impressions. When I was 10, I already felt full. You? But the fountain of creativity keeps emptying out and replenishing. Let’s talk about the fountain today. Let’s find more ways to keep things flowing...”

—Naomi Shihab Nye



  • $40 (includes lunch)
  • $20 College Students (with ID) with lunch
  • $10 College Students (with ID) without lunch
  • Call 269-553-7804 for more information
  • Apply for a Bookbug Scholarship

Online registration is now closed

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pros and network with others! | See the full seminar schedule.