YA Lit Talk Show; Quick Picks, Amazing Audiobooks Announced | SLJTeen News

Check out our latest roundup of news for librarians who serve teens.
Check out our latest roundup of news for librarians who serve teens.

Applications for the Talk Story Grant are now open

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the “Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture” Grant. The literacy program reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. It celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures. Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018 Grant Amount:  $750 Grant Period:  May 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018 For more information, please contact: Katrina Nye, APALA Co-Chair Xuemin Zhong, APALA Co-Chair Liana Juliano, AILA Co-Chair Awards will be announced by Saturday, March 31, 2018.

YA Lit–Focused Talk Show Premieres

The Georgia Center for the Book is offering its young audience a zany, Jimmy Kimmel–esque live talk show centered around YA authors called YATL. The program was created by former bookseller and author Kimberly Jones (repped by Adams Literary); author, photographer, and writer Vania Stoyanova (Vania Photo Studio); and writer and artist Jessi Esparza (Motion Designer at CNN) who also serves as showrunner. YATL is a live show in the Georgia Center for the Book auditorium filmed for later playback on Facebook with author interviews, games, giveaways, fun video clips, and lots of shenanigans. Their inaugural show will feature Jackson Pearce (Cold Spell; Little, Brown), Lauren Morrill, (My Unscripted Life; Delacorte) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin; Crown). Each month's audience swag bag will be sponsored by a different publisher or lit-related retailer; the inaugural sponsor is Tor. Book sales will be handled by the children's bookstore Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA). The first show dates include January 24, February 28, and March, 28. For more details, email the creators or follow them on Instagram ©YATLofficial.

Upcoming Webinar on Immigrant Rights

The Stand With Immigrants Campaign invites you to a free 30-minute webinar, "Enforcement and Immigrant Rights," on Tuesday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. This webinar will provide an overview of those rights and will help librarians and people in the community prepare for encounters with immigration law enforcement. They will also share information on access to resources and volunteer opportunities. To register for this free webinar, click here. Your registration will generate an automatic email with details on how to join the webinar. Order Free Immi "Know Your Rights" Cards Immi "know your rights" cards are wallet sized, available in English and Spanish, and have information on what to do if questioned by immigration or law enforcement. They are also a great way to refer your community to our free online screening tool, plain language legal resources, and searchable directory of trusted nonprofit legal providers. Keep some at your front desk, bring them to your next community meeting, and distribute them at your school or workplace. To place your order, click here.

Summer Learning Digital Literacy Grant

Now through February 1, apply to host a summer learning Geek Squad Academy at your library to help underserved youth, ages 10–18, build digital literacy skills. Learn more and apply: https://academy.geeksquad.com/proposal

YALSA’s 2018 Quick Picks & Amazing Audiobooks Lists

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2018 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list on January 10. The list, aimed towards young adults aged 12-18, is drawn from the previous year of spoken-word releases and presented annually on The Hub. The full list can be viewed at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/amazing-audiobooks and includes 28 fiction titles and 2 nonfiction titles. YALSA had previously revealed its 2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list on January 4. The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who, for whatever reason, are not avid readers. The full list can be viewed at www.ala.org/yalsa/quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers. Both lists will be available on the Teen Book Finder Database and app.  

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