For immediate release | December 5, 2011

Discuss serving older teens in YALSA’s December YA Forum

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will focus on serving older teens in its monthly YA Forum discussion, held for members this month at Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check into the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing discussion. The forum will open at 10 a.m. EST on Dec. 5 and will close at 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 9.

Serving older teens can be a challenge for YA librarians. No longer in the range of ages 12 to 18 and yet not quite comfortable in the adult department, older teens can often feel adrift in the library. Join Penny Johnson for a discussion on serving older teens and twentysomethings. Throughout the week Penny will discuss how to engage patrons in this age group through programming, services and advisory boards.

YA Forum is a monthly discussion just for YALSA members. Each discussion will focus on a specific topic and will be moderated by an expert in the field. YA Forum is hosted in YALSA’s space in ALA Connect at

To access the YA Forum discussion, you must be a YALSA member. Starting at 10 a.m. EST, members can join the conversation by logging into ALA Connect and choosing “YALSA” under “My ALA Groups,” then selecting “Discussions” on the upper right.

For more information about YA Forum, please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 2128.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks 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,