November 18, 2017

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2015 Cybils Finalists Announced; YALSA Accepting Symposium Proposals | SLJTeen News

In the winner’s circle

Cybils-Logo-2015-Round-LgOn the first day of 2016, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards revealed the finalists in its 10th annual celebration of books for kids and teens. Among the 11 categories, three of them focus on titles for teens: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Nonfiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction. First-round judges engaged in a three-month marathon of reading and judging, and selected a maximum of seven titles in each category, seeking the books that best meet the organization’s criteria of literary merit and kid appeal. A second panel of judges in each category will now read the finalists to select one winner per category. Winners will be announced on February 14.

lie treeFrances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree (Macmillan UK, 2015) was recently named the winner of the Costa children’s book award. The annual Costa literary awards recognize English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland.

The Lie Tree is a compelling fantasy spun from one mesmerising idea: what if telling lies gave you the power to discover other people’s secrets?”, the Guardian described. The book was also shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2015. Hardinge was awarded £5000 and the book is now eligible to win the 2015 Costa Book of the Year prize, announced on January 26. Only one children’s author has won the Costa—Philip Pullman for his The Amber Spyglass in 2001. Abrams is scheduled to publish the U.S. edition of The Lie Tree in May 2016.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Lisa Brennan, middle school librarian at St. Christopher’s School, an all-boy, pre-K–12 independent school in Richmond, Virginia, the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards (MAE) Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient plus $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Brennan has requested that all award money be donated to the school library.

EH140605-YalsaBrennan collaborated with her colleagues to create a recreational reading program, “Parallel Reading,” for middle school students. It encourages boys to develop “Reader Identity” by reading and reflecting on five books of their choice throughout each school year. Faculty and students of St. Christopher’s Middle School all participate to produce a program that provides skills and experiences to create lifelong readers. A variety of experiences, such as responding to short writing prompts, promoting books to others, and listening to mentors describe their reading experiences help the boys develop a love of reading. “Making pleasure reading an active part of each boy’s life is our purpose,” Brennan wrote in her winning application. “We wanted to hear them discuss reading in the same way they fluently voice preferences regarding sports, music, or video games.”

The 2016 YALSA MAE Award Jury members are Melanie A. Lyttle, chair, Madison Public Library, Madison, OH; Sarah Razer Carnahan, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, AR; Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries, Seattle, WA; Candace L. Reeder, Northport-East Northport Public Library, Northport, NY; and Kathryn Anne Richert, Bloomingdale Public Library, Downers Grove. IL.

Grant opportunity

national-arts-and-humanities-awards2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. Twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. The deadline for application submissions is Tuesday, February 2, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Learn more and apply here.

YALSA seeking Symposium Proposals

YALSA is seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, with the theme of “Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact,” to be held November 4–6 in Pittsburgh.

The symposium will convene school and public library staff, educators, researchers, young adult authors, and other teen advocates to discuss the role of libraries in empowering teens within the library and beyond.  The event will pursue answers to such questions as:  How can libraries leverage teen talent and expertise within the library and out in the community?  What are best practices in designing youth participation opportunities for and with teens, including teens that are not regular library users?  How can libraries best connect with community agencies to provide youth-driven services and programs that meet teen needs and solve community problems?  In what ways can empowering teens through libraries address such issues as equity and inclusion?  What knowledge and skills do library staff need in order to actively engage teens of all backgrounds in youth-driven services and programs?  What existing resources can libraries leverage in order to engage and empower teens of all backgrounds?

Now held annually, the Symposium has also expanded its focus.  Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults.  YALSA is seeking proposals that highlight best or emerging practices for libraries of all sizes and capacities in the following categories:

  • Programs and services (including planning, implementing, and evaluation)
  • Collections and content Curation
  • Digital and Print Literacies
  • Youth Participation
  • Partnering/Collaborations
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Outreach

YALSA invites interested parties to propose 90-minute programs centering on the theme, as well as paper presentations offering new, unpublished research relating to the theme. Applications for all proposals can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium. Proposals for programs and paper presentations must be completed online by February 1. Applicants will be notified of their proposals’ status the week of March 14.

Serving Teen Parents

STEPThe Inglewood Public Library has received a STeP (Skills for Teen Parents) grant from the California State Library, reports the Los Angeles Sentinel. The STeP program, a statewide project of the California State Library and the Southern California Library Cooperative, has provided funds for the Inglewood Public Library to offer free workshops to pregnant and parenting teenagers.

The workshops will be held one evening a week at the Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library, February 3 to April 6.  Child care for participants will be provided during the workshops. The goal of these workshops is to teach necessary life skills to teens in order to successfully provide for themselves and their child. Research suggests that by giving teen mothers the support, training and resources needed to take control of their lives, they can become better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

The project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Librarian. Past recipients have included the Los Angeles Public Library and Pacific Park Library in Glendale, CA.

BEA and BookCon speakers announced

EH160105_GeneYangThe annual book industry convention BookExpo America (BEA) and its consumer conference offshoot have announced the speakers of the Children’s Author Breakfast on Friday, May 13.  Among the participants are Golden Globe award winner Jamie Lee Curtis as Master of Ceremonies, who will talk about her new children’s book, which is being published in the fall of 2016.  She will be joined by YA author Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), all of whom will also speak about their upcoming books and the inspiration behind their works.  Tahir and Yang will also participate at the consumer facing BookCon on May 14. The Children’s Author Breakfast attracts well over 1,000 attendees including booksellers, members of the media, and other book industry professionals.

The BEA Children’s Author Breakfast will kick off the final day of the three-day convention, taking place in Chicago.

“Every year the Children’s Author Breakfast is one of the most-anticipated events on the BEA schedule and this year will be no different. We’ve lined up an accomplished panel of guests who will provide booksellers and industry professionals an intimate opportunity to hear from the most influential and diverse voices in the industry,” said Steven Rosato, Event Director for BEA.  “It’s this type of programming that makes BEA the can’t-miss publishing event of the year.”

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Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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