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Just in Time for National Poetry Month: Words Unlocked Contest

Words Unlocked 2015 is a month-long initiative that includes a seven-day structured poetry curriculum, sponsored and created by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS).The practitioner-ready curricular materials, which include lessons á la carte, culminate with a nationwide competition and publishing venues for poetic works.

WordsUnlockedThe Words Unlocked 2015 theme is “Transformation! Through Words Unlocked.” CEEAS hopes to encourage young people who are held in juvenile justice facilities to explore this theme and not let the transformation they have experienced, hope to experience, or even fear they may experience, go unnoticed. Poems must be 50 lines or fewer, unpublished (electronically or in print), and the sole work of the entrant. Only poems written in the English language can be judged. The contest submission period runs from Friday, April 10 through Friday, April 24. Visit the Words Unlocked website for complete submission guidelines.

Love Poetry and Bad Boys? Win a Copy of Dating Down

datingdownAt Café Hex, Samantha Henderson can imagine being the person she really wants to be. It’s her place to daydream about going to art school and getting away from her politician father. It’s her place to imagine opening herself up to a new kind of connection, away from her family and the drama of high school.

Enter X—the boy she refuses to name. He’s older, edgy, bohemian … in short, everything she thinks she needs. Her family and friends try to warn her that there may be more to him than she sees, but still she stays with X, even as his chaos threatens to consume them both. Told in waves of poetry—whispering, crashing—Dating Down is a portrait of exhilaration and pain and the kind of desire that drives a girl to risk everything.

Five lucky winners will receive a copy of Dating Down for their collections. To enter, send an email to FluxNow with your name, library, shipping address, and email address. Entries must be received by midnight (CST) on April 30, 2015. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. One entry per person, please; prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Share Your YA Innovations at ALA Annual 2016

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, June 23–28, 2016. Proposals may be submitted through June 1 via this form. Proposals should feature creative, innovative programs that address topics of focus in the Future of Library Services for & with Teens: A Call to Action report.  Interested parties who are not ALA members will need to create an account in order to submit a proposal.

The YALSA membership will vote on all of the programs that were submitted to determine which programs will move forward. Those who submitted proposals will be notified of their status the week of September 1, 2015. See the official press release for more details.

Inside A Work of Art Book Party

MaysonetwYAfansYou may remember A Work of Art (Merit Press, 2015) from a giveaway in SLJTeen a few weeks ago. Author Melody Maysonet threw a book launch party for her debut.

MelodyMassonetwFamily“Book party, or no book party? That was the question three months ago, mostly because it felt a bit egocentric to throw a party for myself. Then my publicist told me to think of it as throwing a party for my book. That made sense to me, especially after all I put Tera through in A Work of Art. The least I could do is throw her a party, right?”

Finding Mr. Brightside Giveaway

findingMrBrightsideCelebrate the publication of Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark (Holt, 2015). Clark’s new novel tells the story of Abram and Juliette. They know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other—at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.

Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a year later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite Juliette to Taco Bell. To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.

Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Finding Mr. Brightside for their collections. To enter, send an email with your name, shipping address, and email address. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on April 30, 2015. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. One entry per person, please; prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

The NEH Awards “The Great Stories Club Grant” for At-Risk Youth to ALA

NEH Logo MASTER_082010The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $350,000 grant to the American Library Association for a project called The Great Stories Club—a thematic reading and discussion program developed to reach at-risk youth through literature based library outreach programs. “The Great Stories Club” will introduce teens and others facing difficult circumstances to accessible and appealing books selected by scholars with a special interest in reaching the underserved, and will be held at over 200 national libraries working in partnership with community organizations serving at-risk and incarcerated youth. It is based on an ALA pilot program, launched in 2006. This NEH-supported national expansion of the program is expected to reach more than 8,000 young adults. This grant is just one of 232 announced on March 23, amounting $22.8 million in awards.

Wake County Public Libraries’s Ann Burlingame Receives 2015 Sullivan Award

Sullivan-Ann Burlingame headshot1The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries of Raleigh, NC. The Sullivan Award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children. The award will be presented at the ALA President’s Program, Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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  1. I’m so glad I decided to throw a book-launch party for A WORK OF ART. As you can see from the pictures, we had a blast (and Tera says she forgives me for putting her through the wringer). Thanks for sharing, SLJTeen! More information about A WORK OF ART is available on my website: http://www.melodymaysonet.com.