Young Adult Library Services Association

YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

Celebrate the best teen reading of 2012 with YALSA’s Best of the Best

CHICAGO — Librarians, library workers, educators, parents, teens and other young adult literature enthusiasts looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s Best of the Best website.  In addition to lists of YALSA’s awards and top ten lists, the Best of the Best homepage includes promotional tools featuring the award-winning 2012 books.

The Best of the Best includes:

Pelfrey wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, Calif., the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

YALSA’s 2013 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Louisiana, Maryland and Texas

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, La., the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The libraries will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks and other materials donated to YALSA from publishers and producers in 2012. Due to the large volume of donations this past year, YALSA was able to name two additional runner-up libraries; The Foundation Schools in Largo and Gaithersburg, Md., and John B. Hood Junior High School in Odessa, Texas.

Kolderup wins YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award to Gretchen Kolderup. The $2,000 award, given every other year, recognizes a YALSA member who has demonstrated unique and sustained devotion to young adult services through substantial work in several initiatives.

YALSA launches Website to promote teen summer reading

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with teens.

YALSA and Best Buy Mobile partner to Support Digital Library Services for Teens

CHICAGO – During the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle from Jan. 25 to 29, 2013, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced a partnership with Best Buy to administer donations that will expand programs and improve digital services for teens in libraries across the country.

“This partnership is so important to YALSA because it helps us make strides towards fulfilling our mission of expanding and strengthening library services for and with teens,” said Jack Martin, YALSA president.

YALSA names 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

SEATTLE —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

YALSA names 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA). The list, drawn from official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The complete list of 90 titles, including annotations, can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/poppaper/2013.

YALSA names 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 55 titles, drawn from 98 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The complete list with annotations can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels.

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