YALSA releases new book on summer reading programs for young adults

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

February 14, 2006

YALSA releases new book on summer reading programs for young adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of “Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults,” edited by Katharine L. Kan. The book contains more than 50 successful programs, including details like handling registration, getting donations, creating partnerships, tracking reading, and promoting programs.

This timesaving hands-on guide, brimming with winning programs, is a must-have for every library that serves young people. Reading incentives, community service and volunteering, as well as programs for special teen populations (the homeless, incarcerated, or parents) make this a comprehensive and inspiring reference.

“The programs highlighted in this book show that libraries of all sizes and in all kinds of communities can provide meaningful and fun programs for teens, no matter the size of the budget,” said editor Kat Kan.

Some of the programs included in the book are a “Basic CSI—Crime Scene Investigation” class with the local police department; henna tattooing and cultural education; “Cinema Summer” reading programs, including character make-up workshops, stop-motion animation workshops, and video production workshop; art and poetry workshops; and Reading incentives and reading logs.

Katharine L. Kan has been conducting youth programs since 1989. Currently, she is a freelance library consultant and write, and works with Brodart's book division selecting graphic novels and young adult (YA) literature. A popular workshop presenter and
VOYA reviewer, she also has worked as the young adult librarian at Allen County Public Library and in numerous young adult posts in the Hawaii State Public Library System spanning more than a decade. She holds her MLS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Graduate School of Library Studies (now known as the Library & Information Science Program).

“Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adult” is available online at
www.alastore.ala.org or by calling 1-800-545-2433 and pressing 7. The book is $30.00 for non-members and $27.00 for members, ISBN: 0-8389-3563-X.

For nearly 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
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. For more information contact the YALSA office, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: