For immediate release | January 31, 2012

Power up your teen programs with YALSA’s winter online course

CHICAGO - Learn new ways to bring more teens into the school and public library in Power Programming, YALSA’s popular online course, which offers up-to-date ideas for programming, from simple, self-running contests to reading celebrations and more.

The self-paced course is taught by Amy Alessio, teen coordinator at the Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library and author of several books on teen programs. It takes place Feb. 5 to March 6 and costs $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members and $195 for nonmembers. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; contact Eve Gaus at or 1 (800)545-2433, ext. 5293, for more information.

Students in the course will:

  • Learn how to grow non-programming teen services from successful programs. For example, how to take a successful Poetry Slam and turn it into a poetry collection, teen writing journal, cooperative community event.
  • Develop an understanding for possible problems with teen programs and plan for appropriate and flexible responses.
  • Create a list of resources for developing teen programs year round at their facility.
  • Learn how best to utilize YALSA resources and events such as Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week

For more information on YALSA’s online courses and to register, please visit

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail,, or by phone, at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.


Stephanie Kuenn