For immediate release | May 25, 2010

Discover 25 YA Classics at YALSA's June 17 webinar

CHICAGO - Classics never go out of style — and that’s true for young adult literature. Librarians looking to delve into the gold standard of books for teens should join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) for “YA Classics,” an hour-long webinar hosted by Sarah Debraski, YALSA past president. The webinar will take place at 2 p.m. EDT June 17.
Debraski will highlight classic YA books written between 1951 and 2003, discussing the themes and issues raised by each. She will also offer advice for connecting modern teens to classic literature and suggest recent titles that might achieve classic status in the future. Participants will receive a list of 25 go-to titles that they can use for readers’ advisory or to add to their collections.
Webinars cost $39 for individual YALSA members and $49 for all other individuals. Registration is open at YALSA also offers a group rate of $195, available by contacting Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.
In addition to YA Classics on June 17, YALSA will offer the following webinars:
  • July 15: Risky Business, hosted by Linda Braun
  • August 19: Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction, hosted by Angela Carstensen
  • September 16: Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes, hosted by Jen Hubert Swan
All YALSA webinars take place at 2 p.m. Eastern.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Stephanie Kuenn