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Announcing: YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Announcing: YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Teen Read Week just ended, but the celebration continues. Today, Willow Shields (aka Primrose Everdeen), announced YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles. This teen choice list engaged Teens’ Top Ten book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country in reading and voting. The selected titles will also be included on the must-have [...]

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; “My Library Story” Campaign from Gale | SLJTeen News

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The latest grants, contests, and news bites for librarians working with teens, including a way to boost summer reading programs with help from YALSA and Dollar General, and a library awareness campaign from Gale.

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: ‘Tropic of the Sea’

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: ‘Tropic of the Sea’

In a small seaside town there is a legend: Once every 60 years the Yashiro family receives a mermaid’s egg. They protect and care for it, and in exchange, the mermaids give the town calm seas and good fishing. The tradition is threatened now by a large commercial developer that wants to turn the town [...]

YALSA Hosts Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Today

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With Teen Read Week coming around the bend (October 12–18), gear up and tune into Twitter today—September 15—from 2–3 pm EST for YALSA’s Twitter chat “Marketing Your Teen Read Week.”

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

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August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Heart of Thomas

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Heart of Thomas

In a boys’ boarding school in mid-20th Century Germany, fourteen-year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death, but not before mailing a letter to another boy at the school, Juli. Thomas’s death causes a stir at the school just as Thomas’s letter throws Juli into an emotional turmoil. And if that [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: No. 6 Volume 1-3

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: No. 6 Volume 1-3

Touted as a “holy” city, No. 6 is one of six utopias built for the survivors of a terrible world war that left the Earth decimated in most places. While everything seems perfect on the surface, things aren’t what they seem. Shion, a teenage boy, begins to question the perfection of No. 6 and finds [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Sunny Volume 1

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Sunny Volume 1

Star Kids Home is a foster home for kids who for one reason or another, have been given up by their parents. The children range from toddler to middle school and come from different situations and with different problems, but one thing they share is Sunny, an old car that doesn’t run—except in the kids’ [...]

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

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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.

ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014

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At the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their picks for the best audio books of 2014.

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Street Lit in school libraries

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K.C. Boyd wrote this morning asking me to help get the word out about announcement of the 2014 Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) winners. This award was created by Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris, author of the Reader’s Advisory to Street Literature and the official press release appears on her Street Literature site. The young [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Knights of Sidonia Volume 1-2

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Knights of Sidonia Volume 1-2

Ten centuries have passed since the Earth and its solar system was destroyed by the Gauna, a massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient life form. Mankind escaped out into space, in massive seed ships that carry the remnants of humanity who search for a new planet to call home, without the threat of the Gauna [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Kitaro

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Kitaro

Yokai are the traditional monsters of Japan. They are the things that go bump in the night; the footsteps you hear behind you even though no one is there, or the creaking around the house late at night. They can take on any shape, be it human or animal, and even inanimate objects can come [...]

Edwards Award

Edwards Award

And now, for a bit of blatant self-promotion. I am a candidate for the 2016 Edwards Award Committee! The Edwards Award ”honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It [...]

New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

In the wake of the high profile announcements of the Youth Media Awards, another elegant list emerged a little more quietly. Every five years, a YALSA committee comprised of public, secondary, and academic librarians, selects titles for independent teen reading and lifelong learning in its Outstanding Books for the College Bound. The list includes fiction, nonfiction [...]

Creating a Life-Size ‘The Game of LIFE’ for Teen Read Week

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La Vista Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) created a life-size version of The Game of LIFE for ‘Seek the Unknown’ Teen Read Week 2013, because as one teen quipped, “What, may I ask, is more unknown than life itself?”

March, Relish win awards at ALA Midwinter

March, Relish win awards at ALA Midwinter

As has often been the case in recent years, there were several graphic novels on the list of honorees at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia this year. March, Book One, the graphic-novel memoir of Congressman John Lewis’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, was named a Coretta Scott King [...]

Teen Tech Week Best Buy Mini Grants Available

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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.

Bullying Prevention Resources; YA Lit Symposium | News Bites

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Scenario Learning is offering free bullying prevention resources to every school in October and November. Nominations are open for the American Library Association’s Excellence in Library Programming Award until December 1. The Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium is now accepting program proposals through November 1. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee is looking for new members to participate in various capacities.

YALSA’s Best YA Fiction; Stop the Summer Slide; A Fake Blake | News Bites

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The nominees for the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten have just been announced by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Kids Read Now combats summer slide with a summer reading program focusing on children in first through third grades. Channel One News is expanding its digital distribution so that its education content can be accessed inside and outside the classroom. Chronicle Books celebrates its 25 years in children’s publishing with a tween and teen book giveaway, with entries due July 3. A school librarian at Hitchin Boys’ School in the UK has discovered a poem incorrectly attributed to William Blake.