April 23, 2014

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January 2014 YALSA Report Serves As a Guide for Library Community’s Youth Services Best Practices


Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.

Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants


YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarding 10 grants of $1000 to libraries with innovative programming ideas for Teen Read Week 2014. Apply by June 1.

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

YALSA’s Teen Tech Week Tips


Teen Tech Week (March 9-15), DIY@your library is almost upon us. YALSA shared ten tips for making the experience great for your teens, your library, and you.

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen | YALSA Recommendations

Eleanor & Park

The good news just keeps on coming for Griffin Teen in 2014! YALSA recommendations include Eleanor & Park, If You Find Me, and Uses for Boys. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

‘Cultural Competence’ Is Essential to Serve Teens

‘Cultural Competence’ Is Essential to Serve Teens

With a society that’s growing increasingly diverse, librarians should proactively integrate cultural aspects of “diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups” into programs and services.

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SLJ Reviews of Youth Media Award-winning and Honor Books


Before Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses and Brian Floca’s Locomotive won the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, respectively, they had won admiration from SLJ reviewers, as did many more Youth Media Award-winning and honor books. Read some of our reviews here.

Winners of the Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2014


A full list of American Library Association Youth Media Awards winners and honor selections.

YALSA Envisions the Future of Libraries, Teens


The Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) is finalizing results of a yearlong project identifying ways that libraries can adapt to better meet the needs of 21st century teens. Yet the report is “a beginning, not an ending” of YALSA’s efforts, which will expand to include more advocacy, outreach, and funding this year, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s executive director.

Sign Up Now for YALSA Teen Tech Week Webinars

Teen Tech Week 2014

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has organized a series of three webinars which can help ensure an enjoyable and successful Teen Tech Week (March 9-15, 2014) for you and your teens.

Mark Your Calendars for Teen Tech Week


What roars in like a lion every spring? Teen Tech Week (TTW), of course! There’s no time like the present to start your preparations. TTW, which is sponsored and supported by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA), is March 9-14. This year’s theme is DIY@yourlibrary.

YALSA Names Five New YA Authors as Morris Award Finalists


The Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) has selected five books as finalists for its 2014 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

Teen Tech Week Best Buy Mini Grants Available


Young Adult Library Services Association members can apply for 10 $1000 mini-grants for use during Teen Tech Week on March 9-15, 2014. The award is funded by Best Buy.

Introducing YAAC! Teen Reviewers for 2014

YAAC Johnson County Library

Each year ​SLJTeen​ rotates the responsibility for reviews by teens to one of the YA Galley Groups selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In 2014, ​the Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) from Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will be taking over teen reviews.

YALSA Badges Aim to Quantify Youth Librarians’ Competencies


In just a few weeks, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will finalize the soft launch of its long-awaited badging program, which aims to provide a uniquely interactive opportunity for skill-building in its seven Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. YALSA hopes the program will be fully launched by January, Linda Braun, the project’s manager, tells SLJ.

YALSA Seeks Comments on Libraries and Teens Project Data


Through Friday, November 1, the Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) is seeking public comments on the draft report from its National Forum on Libraries and Teens project. The report aims to identify the ways in which libraries can adapt and change to meet the needs of 21st century teens.

NY Kid Lit Exhibit; REFORMA’s Mora Award; YALSA Top Ten | News Bites


The Port Washington (NY) Public Library will host an exhibition of kid lit illustrators. Arizona State University wins REFORMA’s 2013 Mora Award. YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list is announced. The Gale Virtual Reference Library adds nearly 200 children’s Encyclopedia Britannica titles. Apply for a ALSC/Candlewick Press Grant. A research fellowship is available at the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Announced

Teens Top Ten

The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced its official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list, a “teen choice” selection of favorite books—published the previous year—chosen by teens for teens.

Dollar General Awards Youth Literacy Grant to ALSC, YALSA


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $246,806 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). ALSC and YALSA will use the funds to support El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Teen Read Week, and summer reading for teens.

Pictures of the Week: Celebrating Teen Read Week 2013

Teens at Lawrence Public Library, Kansas created terrariums for the favorite young adult novels. Above, an example engineered by young adult librarian assistant Molly Wetta, based on Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012). The project was inspired by Teen Library Toolkit and Library as Incubator.

Teen Read Week, YALSA’s annual national adolescent literacy initiative, was held this year from October 13-19. Librarians who serve teens organized events, displays, and programs to encourage them to be lifelong readers and library users. This year’s theme, “Seek the Unknown @ your library,” is illustrated in this terrarium based on Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, created by Molly Wetta of Lawrence Public Library, Kansas.