Elevate your library’s YA services with YALSA’s practical Nuts & Bolts for Serving Teens preconference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/01/2011

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CHICAGO — Teens are an essential part of any library’s service, but gaining their attention and creating programs and services that meet their unique needs can be a challenge. New librarians and generalists alike can learn practical strategies for serving teens that can be implemented immediately during YALSA’s Nuts & Bolts for Serving Teens preconference, scheduled for 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. June 24 in New Orleans.

At this session, presenters will crack open their tool box and share simple strategies for providing basic but effective programs and services for teens. Speakers include: Erin Helmrich on teen programming basics, Mari Hardacre on essential teen services and Jesse Vieau on incorporating technology into services and programs. Tips for managing teen behavior, including proactive measures that can be taken to ensure staff has positive interactions with teens, will also be explored.

Tickets for this half-day preconference cost $129 and include light refreshments.

If you wish to register for this event without registering for Annual, you can download the form to mail or fax in at http://www.alaannual.org/sites/all/themes/alaannual/images/Registration_EB.pdf (go to page 12 and ignore part I.) If you haven’t registered for Annual, you can do so at www.alaannual.org and add this special event onto your registration.

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2) Online: To add an event to your existing registration use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you have added.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks 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.