Young Adult Library Services Association

2016 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for the 2016 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2016 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 11 in Boston during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

2016 Nonfiction 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 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2015. YALSA will name the 2016 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Jan.

Thousands to join free ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will unveil the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during the ALA Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 11, 20l6, from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  Unlimited virtual seats for the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast will be available at http://ala.unikron.com/2016/  the morning of the announcements, as virtual visitors will join more than 2,000 onsite audience members.

YALSA announces Kayla Marie Figard as its 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Kayla Marie Figard as its 2016 Emerging Leader. Figard will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.

Paterson awarded Books for Teens Grant

CHICAGO — Seale Paterson, branch manager, and Elizabeth Granzow, library associate at the New Orleans Public Library, were awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Paterson and Granzow will receive a grant worth $1,000, donated by YALSA, with the purpose of empowering teens to achieve more by providing them with free age-appropriate books that are both high quality and new.

Official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug.15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-24, 2015). Altogether, over 27,000 votes were cast for the 24 nominees.

The official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

Abbas, Koh selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2016 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen June Abbas, professor, and Kyungwon Koh, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Koh and Abba’s paper is entitled “Competencies Needed to Provide Teen Library Services of the Future: Survey of Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces.” The Midwinter event, which is hosted by YALSA Past Presidents, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Teen Read Week™ is an opportunity to help struggling readers

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association encourages schools and libraries everywhere to reach out to struggling teen readers who would benefit from access to libraries and reading materials, including during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, 2015, which is being celebrated with the theme of “Get Away @ your library.”

Win a grant from YALSA to attend ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando

CHICAGO – Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) who will be first time attendees of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, can apply for a grant to offset travel expenses.

A total of three grants are available. Baker and Taylor is sponsoring two grants worth $1,000 each to eligible library staff working with or for young adults. Of the two grants, one will be awarded to an individual working in a school library and the other will go to a public library worker.

YALSA launches Teen Programming HQ website

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its Teen Programming HQ website.

The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop shop for library staff to find and share program ideas and to network with one another around issues related to planning, implementing and evaluating library programs for and with teens.  

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