About BAYA

Bay Area Teen Librarians

[San Francisco] Bay Area Young Adult Librarians is an organization for teen services professionals working in public and school libraries.

We provide continuing education, networking, and professional support for librarians.

We review fiction and nonfiction books, and publish bi-monthly reviews.

2020 BAYA Officers

  • Nicole F
  • Andrea M
  • Beth - Treasurer
  • Megan of the Web Team
  • Jessica of the Web Team

Officer Bios

BAYA President – Amy Truter

Amy is a Youth Services Librarian at Sunnyvale Public Library in the South Bay. She is in charge of the teen collection, programming, and volunteers. She loves to connect with teens in person and online, and her very favorite thing is to recommend books to readers. At home, she is surrounded by her family, six cats, tea, books, and knitting projects in varying degrees of completion.

BAYA Vice President – Nicole Fernandez

As a librarian for San Mateo County Libraries, Nicole focuses on expanding learning experiences for children and teens. She’s a board member of the CLA Youth Services Interest Group and spends time volunteering in the Half Moon Bay community with Ayudando Latinos A Soñar. Outside of work, Nicole relaxes with a cup of tea and a good book.

BAYA Treasurer – Beth Wrenn-Estes

Beth has held positions in school and a public libraries since graduating from the University of Denver School of Information and Library Science in 2000. Her first job out of library school was the Manager of Technical Services, Collection Development and Acquisitions for Denver Public Schools in Colorado. Before started teaching for SJSU full-time she worked at Lone Tree Library in Douglas County, CO. Beth was a youth services librarian and was responsible for both collection, programming and services for the children’s department. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth. Beth has taught in the iSchool at San Jose State University for the past 13 years as well as currently being the Business Manager of California Library Association and the Treasurer for BAYA.
Beth moved to El Cajon, CA. from the bay area in October of 2017 to be close to her daughter and grand daughters.

BAYA Secretary – Andrea Mullarkey

Andrea works at the Berkeley Public Library at the Tarea Hall South Branch where she mostly tries to keep up with the leadership teens and is learning new technologies for virtual connection. She loves own voices books, believes in digital privacy and generally tries to build a safer space for teens at the library.

BAYA Book Review Editor, GoodReads, and Website Reviews Guru – Megan Keane

Megan Keane is a problem solver and network builder with an extensive background in nonprofit community management, libraries, and volunteer management. Megan currently works as a public librarian in the SF Bay Area. When not in the library, Megan can be found teaching or practicing yoga, hiking, or curled up with a good book, and is a self-professed penguin nutcase enthusiast. Find her on bookstagram: @liloverdue

BAYA President Elect – Kirstin Mandalay

Kirstin Mandalay works at San Leandro Public Library at the Manor Branch. She runs regular teen programs, and currently is running regular virtual trivia contests for teens who want to connect online. She is in charge of teen collection development and children’s fiction at the branch, aiming for more diversity and #ownvoices to represent her diverse community.

BAYA Vice President Elect – Danny Le

BAYA Website Manager – Jessica Lundin

Jessica works in Youth Services, Juvenile & Teen, for the San Jose Public Library system. She has a passion for teen programming, YA reads, graphic novels, comics, and manga, organizing the San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel and Comic Contests, and planning craft programs. When not working or updating the BAYA website, Jessica loves to meal prep, play video games, and go for morning walks.

BAYA Social Media Team – Kirstin Mandalay & Nicole Fernandez