November 27, 2015

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Equal Parts Teen Services and YA Lit at 2015 YALSA Symposium

YALSA Symposium

Librarian Robin Brenner highlights programs and events at the 2015 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, which took place November 6–8 in Portland, OR. This year’s conference widened its purview to include services and programming alongside literature, which was reflected in the theme, “Bringing It All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.”

What Do Tweens Want?


Librarians create special spaces and services for preteens.

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“Get Away” with Under-the-Radar Books for Teen Read Week


Librarian Julie Stivers presents diverse and underappreciated titles that should be celebrated during YALSA’s Teen Read Week (October 18–24), including Varian Johnson’s The Great Greene Heist and Polly Holyoke’s The Neptune Project.

Apply for Summer Grants; “Ghostlight” Giveaway; NZ Banned Book Coming to the U.S. | SLJTeen News


SLJ readers can enter to win a copy of the spooky Ghostlight. Nominations are open for the 10th annual Cybils Awards. Polis Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the recently banned Into the River by Ted Dawe. Celebrate Teen Read Week with Blink authors. These news bites and more in the latest SLJTeen news roundup.

Molly Wetta Takes Over SLJ’s Pinterest Board for Teen Read Week


Want to make a splash for YALSA’s Teen Read Week (TRW) from October 18–24? Look no further than SLJ‘s TRW Pinterest page curated by blogger, collection development librarian, and guest pinner Molly Wetta.

“Romancing the Dark” Giveaway; Banned Books Week Essay Contest | SLJTeen News


Teen winners of a Banned Books Essay Contest in Colorado Springs were recently announced. “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth was named 2015 Illinois Young Adult Librarian of the Year. Readers have the opportunity to win a copy of Ann Jacobus’s Romancing the Dark in the City of Light.

Librarian Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Banned Books Pinterest Board


Looking for inspiration in advance of Banned Books Week (BBW), from September 27–October 3? Look no further than SLJ’s BBW Pinterest page, curated by blogger and collection development librarian Molly Wetta.

SLJ Welcomes Back “Someday” Printz Blog


Celebrating its fifth year, SLJ’s “Someday My Printz Will Come” blog has returned. It will continue to speculate about possible contenders for YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award while even adding a few podcast episodes liven up the discussion.

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month; Giveaway: Lubar’s “Sophomores” | SLJTeen News


Libraries are gearing up for the annual celebration of the power of library cards. The 2015 Arab American Book and RITA Award winners were recently announced. Just in time for back to school, readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of David Lubar’s Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, the companion novel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.

Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News


Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.

Grants for Making; 2015 Int’l Latino Book Awards Announced | SLJTeen News


Kids can apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by August 10. The International Latino Book Awards honored 246 artists and book creators during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 27. Penguin and Listening Library present LGBTQ audiobook resources; and more industry news.

Woodson, Riddell, Herrera Selected as Laureates; “Minus Me” Giveaway | SLJTeen News


Juan Felipe Herrera has been selected as the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate for 2015–16. Jacqueline Woodson began her two-year tenure as the U.S. young people’s poet laureate on June 1. Illustrator and writer Chris Riddell has been named the UK’s ninth children’s laureate. Check out more industry news in the latest SLJTeen News roundup.

Jane Addams 2015 Award Winners; Apply for Best Buy Teen Tech Grants; NYT Summer Reading Contest | SLJTeen News

Girl from the Tar Paper School

The winners of the 2015 Jane Addams Book Awards include Teri Kanefield’s The Girl from the Tar Paper School. Sarah Hill has been chosen as the President-Elect of YALSA. Teens can participate in a summer reading contest run by the New York Times. Best Buy is offering up to $10,000 to nonprofits working with teens and tech programming.

Adopt-a-Library Program Reveals Winners; “Nowhere But Here” Giveaway | SLJTeen News


The debut authors’ group Freshmen Fifteens announces the winners of its mini-grants. The 2015 International Latino Book Awards finalists are revealed. Enter for a chance to win a copy of Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here. Get a preview of Awkward graphic novel from Yen Press.

YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for Teens

YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for Teens

While the awards are announced at ALA Midwinter, often the Best of Lists are quietly released, though the announcements might be missed. Among the many “Best of” selection lists is YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Of 108 nominated titles, only 78 made it to the final list, which is geared for teens ages 12-18-years-old. […]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 1-3

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 1-3

Mankind has moved out into space, populating huge colonies called Sides that have orbited Earth for over half a century. In the year 0079 Universal Century, one such colony, Side 3, calling itself the Principality of Zeon, declared independence from the Earth Federation, and war broke out. In just over a month, the fighting killed […]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Tiger and Bunny, vols. 1 and 2

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Tiger and Bunny, vols. 1 and 2

Superpowered humans known as Next appeared in the world 45 years ago. Today, some of them fight crime in the city of Stern Bild while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show HERO TV—but not all Next use their powers for good. Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of fighting experience but has been […]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Vinland Saga Volume 1

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Vinland Saga Volume 1

Thorfinn is a teenage boy and a member of a mercenary crew of Vikings that raid towns in France and England and return to their home base in Denmark. But Thorfinn isn’t interested in battle or treasure. As a boy he dreamed of sailing on a long ship and becoming a Viking warrior. Now he […]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Strobe Edge Volume 1-6

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Strobe Edge Volume 1-6

Ninako Kinoshita has no idea what love is. Her friends think they know, and they try to tell her it’s her feelings for Daiki, a boy she’s known since middle school. But it’s not until she talks to Ren Ichinose, the handsome, enigmatic guy that all the girls worship, that she starts to understand. Ren […]

Coretta Scott King Book Grant; ALSC’s Graphic Novel Reading Lists | News Bites


In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.