For immediate release | January 14, 2013

Explore the Michael L. Printz Award with YALSA’s winter online course

CHICAGO— For the past decade, the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) has honored excellence in Young Adult Literature through its Michael L. Printz Award. Each year a committee of YALSA members scours the publishing world, seeking out the latest YA books that exemplify literary excellence. Join YALSA for an exploration of the Printz award, its origins, history, criteria, and its past and present winners in a new winter 2013 online course, Secrets of the Seal: The Michael L. Printz Award. The self-paced course takes place Feb. 4 to March 4, 2013, and costs $155 for YALSA members, $195 for ALA members, and $215 for nonmembers.

Students in the course will:

  • Gain ideas for book talking the Printz books and for how to building programming around the Printz.
  • Explore and learn methods of promoting Printz books to their teens as well as classroom teachers.
  • Review and discuss award criteria and practice reading for those elements.

This class will be taught by Brenna Shanks, member of the 2011 Printz Award committee and Teen Materials Selector at the King County Library System in Washington.

Discounts are available for groups of ten or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; visit, contact or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or email:


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128