Young Adult Library Services Association

2017 Morris Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2017 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

YALSA will name the 2017 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23 in Atlanta during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

YALSA opens proposals for 2017 Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. The theme of the symposium is “Libraries: Helping All Teens Build a Better Future,” and is to be held Nov.

Renner named member manager of YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Allison Renner, a Teen Services Librarian at the Cordova (Tennessee) Branch Library as its new member manager for the YALSAblog.

Libraries win funding for their teen programming ideas at YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected the winners of its Symposium Programming Challenge. A total of three first place winners and one honorable mention were selected.

Winners were selected at YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium which took place Nov. 4-6 in Pittsburgh, PA via a “shark tank” like setup where attendees pitched their ideas to a panel of judges.

The winners, along with the honorable mention recipient are:

YALSA and Best Buy partner for 2017 Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its partnership with Best Buy for its 2017 Teen Tech Week celebration, which will take place March 5-11 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.”

Best Buy is a longtime supporter of Teen Tech Week, with Teen Tech Week 2017 the fourth consecutive year Best Buy has supported the initiative. For Teen Tech Week 2017, YALSA and Best Buy will partner to co-host Teen Tech Week events in communities across the nation.

2017 Teen Tech Week™ site now live

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2017 Teen Tech Week website is now live. The celebration will take place March 5-11, 2017 with the theme “Be the Source of Change.”

“For years, libraries have been the place to learn about making, STEM, and coding, and this year's Teen Tech Week initiative encourages teens to consider how they can improve their community,” said YALSA President Sarah Hill. “I can't wait to see what projects and events teens will come up with to support the theme.”

Johnson named YALSA’s 2017 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Laurel D. Johnson, a Young Adult Librarian at the Skokie (Illinois) Public Library, as its 2017 Emerging Leader.

Johnson will receive funding from YALSA to attend the American Library Association’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta and 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Veizaga named Member Manager of Teen Programming HQ

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Angela Veizaga as the new member manager of its Teen Programming HQ website.

Veizaga is a Systemwide Youth Programs Librarian at the Boston Public Library and will serve a one year term as member manager starting November 1st.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants $248,406 to ALSC and YALSA

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $248,306 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Official 2016 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting August 15 with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016). Altogether, over 28,000 votes were cast for the 26 nominees.

The official 2016 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

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