I have blogged about PAYA and the fantastic work that Harmony, Yan and Josh Berk have done to support YA literature in Pennsylvania. So it was with great pleasure that I had Harmony along with a couple of other dial in guest on my show today.
PAYA, Bringing (More) YA to PA, is an initiative started by book bloggers Harmony and Yan with help from Tenner author and PA librarian, Josh Berk, in response to dramatic Pennsylvania state budget cuts that have reduced library funding by more than 25%.
Since I grew up in Pennsylvania, this struck a chord with me. Plus, I think it is absolutely amazing and impressive that Harmony, a just-turned 15 year old, and Yan, a 17 year old student, have taken this kind of initiative and done such an incredible job organizing a website, book drive, and auction, with plans for an annual Philadelphia YA Book Festival beginning summer 2010. Oh, and that’s in addition to their regular book blogging and schoolwork.
The show explains how PAYA came about, and what it is doing to help schools and library's in PA. Share the knowledge of how three young people have taken on the responsibility to help Young Adult Readers in Pennsylvania and how you to can help PAYA.
After all as Kat one of the dial in guests commented.
"Everybody should be able to read a book no matter what state or country they live in."
You can find out more about PAYA at
Join me as I chat with Harmony as she is my guest on todays "A Book and a Chat"
or on my blog spot at
BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
"Across the Pond"