For immediate release | March 16, 2012

Match YALSA’s award-winning books to middle school readers in YALSA’s March webinar

CHICAGO — The middle school librarian faces the unique challenge of building a collection that is appropriate for both teens and tweens. In light of the 2012 YALSA book award announcements, what winners and honor books have middle school appeal? Join Megan Fink for “Finding a Place on the Shelf: YALSA Book Awards and the Middle School Library,” a discussion of the YALSA award winners and honorees for middle school readers on March 22 at 2 p.m. EST.

Fink will discuss the winner and honor books of the Printz, Morris, Nonfiction and Edwards Awards. She’ll also suggest criteria to use when evaluating these books for inclusion in a middle school library. Fink will lead a roundtable discussion regarding selection versus self-censorship when evaluating the award winners and honorees.. Participants should come ready to share one past YALSA award winner or honoree that they have chosen to include, or not include, in their library. Join us for this lively discussion.

This webinar will address three areas of the YALSA Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Client Group
  • Knowledge of Materials
  • and Administration

Register today at! Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for group registrations. YALSA’s group rate provides an institution with 10 logins.

Questions can be directed 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 e-mail,