Young Adult Library Services Association

Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has announced the 24 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library. The 24 participants make up the second cohort of the project.

The participants are:

ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing Libraries Ready to Code initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. It is the first time ALA has dedicated funding for CS programs in libraries.

Official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted August 15 through Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017).

The official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

Be the next member manager of YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ!

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks a new member manager for its teen programming website, Teen Programming HQ.

Barnhart to serve as YALSA’s first ALA Liaison

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has chosen Amanda Barnhart, Teen Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library in Independence, Missouri as its ALA liaison to represent YALSA in various American Library Association (ALA) groups and committees.

“I am eager and excited to explore the possibilities afforded by this opportunity,” said Barnhart. “I look forward to the work involved in strengthening the relationships that exist between the ALA groups and YALSA and in seeking new paths that enrich the work of both.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants $249,056 to ALSC and YALSA

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $249,056 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Ashley selected as 2017-2018 The Hub member manager

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Stephen Ashley, Teen Engagement Coordinator at the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Public Library as its new member manager for its blog, The Hub.

“I'm super excited to take over as the YALSA Hub member manager!” said Ashley. “I'm looking forward to working with YALSA members to share useful content on the Hub about creating collections that are diverse and reflective of the interests of teens today.”

YALSA’s 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its list of 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs from its Teen Programming HQ contest.

The top ten are:

Kumasi selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2018 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen Dr. Kafi Kumasi, Associate Professor from Wayne State to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Dr. Kumasi’s paper is entitled, “Doin’ the Knowledge: Using Hip Hop as Framework to Study Youth New Media Practices.” The Midwinter event will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018.