YALSA launches first Wednesdays program

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn
Communications Specialist

For Immediate Release
November 24, 2009


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), hosts informal online chats for YALSA members on the first Wednesday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern in ALA Connect at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa. Starting with the Dec. 2 chat, YALSA encourages members to use this as an opportunity to host a monthly face-to-face event for socializing, networking or professional development.

YALSA members can find guidance for planning events on YALSA’s First Wednesdays tip sheet, which includes information on how to plan an event, connect with regional YALSA members and choose potential activities. YALSA members can also download handouts for their First Wednesday events at www.ala.org/yalsa/handouts and list their event on the YALSA Wiki.

"YALSA's First Wednesdays is a way to give those working with teens in libraries, and those interested in library teen services, the chance to gather in an informal setting, talk about topics of interest related to teen services, and learn about YALSA," said YALSA President Linda W. Braun.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.