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.
turtle of omanIn the winner’s circle The recipients for the 2015 Arab American Book Awards were recently announced. Given to exemplary works by and about Arab Americans published in the previous year, this year’s top accolade in the Children/Young Adult category went to Naomi Shihab Nye’s The Turtle of Oman (HarperCollins, 2014). The honorable mention went to The Olive Tree by Elsa Marston and illustrated by Claire Ewart (Wisdom Tales Pr., 2014). The winning titles will be celebrated during an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 29 at The Annex at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI. The Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced the winners for the 2015 RITA and Golden Heart Awards on July 25. The RITA—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts. The recipient of the Best First Book category is YA title Run to You by Clara Kensie (HarlequinTeen, 2014). Best Young Adult Romance went to Boys Like You by Juliana Stone (Sourcebooks Fire, 2015). Young adult romance manuscript "When I Wake" by Stephanie Winkelhake received the Golden Heart. sophomores_Enter to win a copy of the new YA title SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS Award-winning author David Lubar returns with SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS (Dutton; August 18, 2015), the companion to the perennial favorite Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. Since Sleeping Freshmen first hit shelves 10 years ago, readers have been won over by the intrepid Scott Hudson, who tackled the timeless trials of freshman year with humor and heartwarming sincerity. Now entering his sophomore year, Scott has a whole new set of challenges in store, including dealing with a new baby brother, a girl who may or may not be his girlfriend, and an English teacher who just might be his mortal enemy. Still, no longer at the bottom of the social ladder, and with some valuable life lessons under his belt, Scott is pretty confident that sophomore year is going to be a breeze. But as he quickly discovers, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. To celebrate its publication, Penguin Young Readers will give away a hardcover of Sophomores and Other Oxymorons as well as a paperback copy of Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie to 10 lucky readers of SLJTeen. Click here to enter. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on September 2, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and notified via email. Prizes will be shipped to U.S. addresses only. Grant opportunities Libraries looking to launch a new or expanding an existing successful program to help teens master text-based literacies can apply for the Margaret Edwards Trust Literacies Programming Grant, which is funded by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Up to five grants worth $5,000 each will be presented. Potential applicants can visit YALSA's wiki to learn more about multiple literacies. Apply via this online form by November 1, 2015. DollarGeneralLiteracyLogoWin $10,000 for your Literacy Program! Libraries and other organizations that provide literacy after-school activities for youth can apply now through August 27th for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award, administered by the Afterschool Alliance. Learn more or access the application here. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the availability of a new grant to help fund creativity programming in public libraries. The Curiosity Creates Grant will be given to 77 recipients to encourage creativity for children ages six to 14. Each $7,500 award may be used to expand existing programming and/or create new opportunities for children to explore their creativity. Selection Criteria Includes: 
  • Creativity components
  • Program reach (including diversity, inclusion and community partnerships)
  • Project design and replicability
For more details, see ALSC’s Curiosity Creates page. September is Library Card Sign-up Month PEANUTS_WEB_PSA_336x280Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country promote the value of a library card and library services. “A free library card is essential to people of all ages," said ALA President Sari Feldman in a press release. “Through our support of education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment, libraries are transforming to create individual opportunity and community progress. Libraries have proven to be a safe haven in times of crisis, a bridge across the digital divide and a catalyst for content creation through nontraditional resources such as 3D printers, recording studios, culinary classrooms and lendable tools.” The Denver (CO) Public Library offers DevCamps, free weeklong sessions that pair teenagers with professional Web developers who expose them to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Also, in an effort to help library users navigate new technology and help residents connect across generations, the library in Spokane, WA, trained local teenagers to teach older adults how to use mobile devices. This year’s Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair is Snoopy, the world-famous beagle from the beloved Peanuts comics. The iconic character is appearing in digital and print PSAs promoting September Library Card Sign-up Month. Check out ALA’s event kit for more information and resources for Library Card Sign-up Month. YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Teens Top Ten YALSAVoting for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten official titles is now open. Starting August 14, teens everywhere can start casting their votes for their favorite titles for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten now through Teen Read Week (Oct. 18-24) at The voting landing page, hosted by DOGObooks, features all 24 nominees showcasing book covers, titles and summaries, as well as the opportunity for teens to leave comments about their favorite titles. All teens aged 12–18 are eligible to participate in the voting process and will be able to vote for up to three of their favorite titles from the list of 24 nominees. A video featuring the 24 nominated titles can be found on YALSA’s Reads 4 Teens site. Individual trailers for each title can also be found on YALSA’s YouTube channel.    

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