For immediate release | June 25, 2013

Join YALSA’s summer reading site and gain access to resources, including a FREE webinar

CHICAGO — Summer is in full bloom, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is celebrating by providing libraries and educators with a great summer reading program resource. Librarians and educators can now access a free webinar called Demonstrating Impact through Teen Summer Reading.

The webinar took place on June 4, 2013 and was facilitated by Teen Services Librarian Kelly Czarnecki and Children Services Manager Catherine Haydon from the Charlotte Mechlenburg Library in Charlotte, N.C. Participants of the webinar were the recipients from YALSA/Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Program and Teen Summer Internship Program grant.

The topics covered by Kelly Czarnecki and Catherine Haydon include:

1. Best practices for collecting data for Teen Summer Reading participants

2. Best practices for sharing data for Teen Summer Reading participants

3. Best practices for using data, program outcomes and anecdotes to help share your library's story in serving teens and to ultimately build a stronger Teen Services program

Those interested in viewing the webinar are encouraged to visit YALSA’s Teen Summer Reading website and join the online community to take advantage of all the different resources the site has to offer. The webinar itself can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab and can be found under the ‘Learn & Explore’ section of the page.

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 e-mail:


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)