Orca Book Publishers to give away books to new regular YALSA members

Contact: Nichole Gilbert

Program Officer


For Immediate Release

May 27, 2005

Orca Book Publishers to give away books to new regular YALSA members

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is looking for new regular members who want to "Get Real! @ your library®." Join YALSA between now and September 15 to receive new titles from the Orca Soundings series of teen novels for reluctant readers along with a copy of “ Rules for Life,” a teen novel by Darlene Ryan, which has been nominated for this year's Teens' Top Ten.

Individuals will find the special registration form needed to take advantage of this offer by visiting the Teen Read Week Web site
www.ala.org/teenread between now and September 15.

"YALSA is very pleased to partner with Orca Book Publishers to offer free books to new YALSA members,” said YALSA President David Mowery. “Librarians, teachers and concerned adults who work with teenagers can confirm their commitment to teen literacy by joining YALSA. Whether looking for books that appeal to young adults, promoting youth involvement in schools and public libraries, or searching for resources, members will find YALSA is the best, most comprehensive source for facts, tips, and connections in the teen literacy field today.”

Orca Book Publishers publishes books for children and teens. Orca also produces the Orca Soundings series of teen novels for reluctant readers, the Orca Currents series for middle school reluctant readers, the Orca Echoes series of early chapter books, and the Orca Young Readers series. Orca is dedicated to enhancing literacy and bringing books and readers together. Their web site is

"We are delighted to be part of Teen Read Week and to be able to donate books to new members of YALSA,” said Andrew Wooldridge of Orca Book Publishers. “The work that YALSA does, in bringing teens and books together, is an incredibly worthwhile undertaking. The importance of literacy and the love of reading cannot be overstated, and should be celebrated, during Teen Read Week and throughout the year.”

Members of YALSA will have access to a Member's Only Web Site with lists of annotated recommended books and films, access to a quarterly newsletter,
YAttitudes, as well as audio and print versions of speeches by the authors who have won the Michael L. Printz Award and the Margaret A. Edwards Award. A free subscription to YALSA's quarterly journal
Young Adult Library Services also is included with membership, and members receive discounts for ALA products and conferences. Another benefit of membership is eligibility to over $35,000 in grants and awards that YALSA administers each year.

Teen Read Week's nonprofit supporting organizations include: American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, KIDSNET, Kids Care, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, SmartGirl.org, National Education Association, National School Board Association, PBS, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association,
TeenInk and The N/Noggin.

Lerner Publishing Group is a classic corporate sponsor of Teen Read Week, and corporate friends of Teen Read Week are Orca Book Publishers and Scholastic, Inc. Pamela Spencer Holley is an individual friend of Teen Read Week.

Now in its eighth year, Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The theme for Teen Read Week 2005, “Get Real! @ your library®,” encourages teens to explore the world of nonfiction.

For information and ideas about Teen Read Week and about teen reading click on

For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at
yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.