AIMing at Tweens

Tweens are often the ones who slip between the cracks: not children and not quite young adults. This YALSA online course will focus on the developmental needs and interests of tweens and how we can best meet those needs and interests in terms of books, activities, and programming.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Describe the developmental needs of the tween including physical, intellectual, moral, and social aspects;
  • Discuss how librarians can meets the developmental needs of tweens;
  • Identify books and related materials that are developmentally appropriate for tweens;
  • Develop resources for use with tweens; and
  • Share ideas for working effectively with tweens.

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, administrators and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with tweens.

Course Requirements

Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online course material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises


Teri Lesesne was a middle school English teacher before she began teaching in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University in Texas.  She teaches grad classes in children’s and YA literature.

Date(s) & Time(s)


Please note:

  • Login instructions will be sent to registrants on three business days prior to the start date of the course
  • Course content will become available to registrants at 12:00 p.m. on the start date of the course

Course Length

For organizations requesting an organization-exclusive offering of the course, an application for CEU credits may be filed upon request.


  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA members
  • $215 nonmembers


This course is currently available only as an organization-exclusive offering. For inquiries about how employees at your organization can participate in an offering exclusive to your group, please contact Program Officer, Continuing Education Nicole Gibby-Munguia at or 1-312-280-5293.

Registrations are accepted via online registration system, paper registration form, mail, or fax. Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course.Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.


Contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer, Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

Course Pairings

Interested in other special populations classes? Check out Boys and Books and Beyond Booklists! Interested in serving teens and tweens? Check out Pain in the Brain!