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books as finalists for its 2014 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has just launched an updated version of its free Teen Book Finder app—which debuted in June, 2012—to include all of the books the association honored in 2013. The first of its kind, Teen Book Finder gives teens, librarians, parents, and young adult literature aficionados access to YALSA’s recommended reading and award-winning titles from the past three years.
For many young adult literature aficionados, the highlight of the American Library Association’s annual summer conference is the ticketed reception for the Printz Awards. A central theme emerged at this year’s celebration: the power of storytelling and its ability to connect kids to larger truths about the world.
There was a spirit of optimism among attendees at the 2013 annual American Library Association (ALA) conference held recently in Chicago, especially among school media specialists and youth services librarians. Members of ALA’s three youth divisions were particularly energized and motivated by the dynamic programming and renewed advocacy efforts, they say.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association in honor of work that makes a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” The award, which is sponsored by SLJ, was presented Saturday to Tamora Pierce for her “Song of the Lioness” and “The Protector of the Small” series. As the featured speaker at the event, the feisty and mischievous Pierce did not disappoint.