Young Adult Library Services Association

YALSA names 2013 William C. Morris Award finalists

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2013 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2013 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 28, in Seattle during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2013 finalists are:

Ivelisse Maldonado named YALSA’s 2013 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO — As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the profession, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose Ivelisse Maldonado as its 2012-2013 Spectrum Scholar. She has attended North Carolina Central University since August 2011, pursuing a Master of Library Science degree (MLS) with a concentration in school media.

Key stakeholders selected to attend YALSA’s Teens & Libraries Summit

CHICAGO — Fifteen applicants  have been selected to attend the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA)  Teens & Libraries Summit, Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle.

The Summit, part of YALSA’s year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens project,  will feature two days of speakers, panels and small group discussion to examine the current state of library services for and with young adults, and to explore how library services may need to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century adolescents.

Learn to reach reluctant readers with YALSA’s December webinar

CHICAGO — Reaching those who don’t have an interest in reading is a challenge for any librarian or library staff worker. Join Heather Gruenthal, librarian at Western High School in Huntington, Calif. and past member of YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee, for a webinar discussion on “Reaching Reluctant Readers” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 13.

YALSA needs your hit teen program ideas for the 365 Days of YA online calendar

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for ideas big and small on easy-to-implement programs, services and activities for teens. The newly formed 365 Days of YA Taskforce needs tried and true ideas as it creates an online calendar full of teen service resources aimed at librarian generalists and paraprofessionals.   

YALSA celebrates at Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — More than 500 librarians, educators and authors came to the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at the Arch in Missouri  Nov. 2-4, to celebrate teen reading at the third Young Adult Literature Symposium, held by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The 2012 theme was “The Future of Young Adult Literature:  Hit Me with the Next Big Thing,” and explored what lies ahead for young adult literature, including trends in content, format and interaction.

YALSA announces new Teens' Top Ten groups

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 16 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten.

Teen Read Week™ celebrated in libraries and online

CHICAGO — Thousands of school and public libraries throughout the country joined the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), in celebrating Teen Read Week 2012, Oct. 14-20. More than 3,000 libraries embraced the 2012 theme, “It Came from the Library,” by hosting an array of events and programs that encouraged teens to read for fun and become regular library users.

Teens choose 'Divergent' as their favorite book in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Divergent” by Veronica Roth as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teens voted online between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, with the official list announcement during Teen Read Week™, Oct. 14-20.

The 2012 Teens’ Top Ten is:

45 must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s October webinar

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand! Join YALSA for Book Blitz Part II.  This webinar highlights 45 “Must Know” fiction and nonfiction YA titles released in the second half of 2012. Join Shauna Yusko, teacher-librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, Wash., and book reviewer guru for this fast-paced webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 18.

This webinar will address three areas of the YALSA Competencies: