For immediate release | December 20, 2011

Get ready for summer reading with YALSA’s January webinar

CHICAGO — With three carefree months of no school, no homework, long days and warm nights, the summer is the perfect time to get teens reading! Jumpstart your summer reading program planning process in an hour long webinar from YALSA on Jan. 19, 2012. Join Charli Osborne for a discussion of books and programming ideas to help you and your teen readers “Own the Night” this summer.

From vampires to dystopias to ghost hunting and astronomy, participants will gain ideas for genre-based reading lists that are sure to have teen appeal. Each night-themed reading list will be accompanied by a programming idea. From low-maintenance passive programming to easy game-show ideas to an extensive book-themed lock-in, there is a program for every library and every budget.

This webinar will address three areas of the YALSA Competencies: Communication, marketing and outreach; Knowledge of materials; Services.

Osborne is the head of teen services at the Oxford (Mich.) Public Library and is the chair of YALSA’s Summer Reading Task Force. Charli has served on numerous YALSA book award committees and is a past chair of the teen services division of the Michigan Library Association. She received the 2005 Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Young Adults and regularly reviews for School Library Journal, Library Journal and Booklist.

Webinars cost $29 for students, $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals, and $195 for groups (unlimited participants). Registration is open at Questions can be sent to Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5293.

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 email: