Young Adult Library Services Association

Dantis named YALSA’s 2016 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Trixie Dantis, Teen Services Librarian at Arlington Heights (Illinois) Memorial Library, as its 2016-2017 Board Fellow. Dantis will start serving as Board Fellow on June 27, 2016.

2016 Teen Tech Week™ focuses on STEAM and underserved teens

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) invites library staff to encourage teens to “Create it at your library” for Teen Tech Week™ 2016.

This year’s theme, “Create it at your library,” encourages libraries to tailor the theme to show their community exactly how libraries can connect in meaningful ways with teens in order to help them gain STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills.

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for the 2016 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.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.”

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