YALSA announces Teen Tech Week Logo contest winner

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer


For Immediate Release
July 25, 2006

YALSA announces Teen Tech Week logo contest winner

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce Ahmad Ghadban of the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, Ohio is the winner of the Teen Tech Week logo contest for his logo, "Plug into Technology."

Teen Tech Week is a new YALSA celebration aimed at getting teens to use their libraries for the different technologies offered there, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, video games and more. Teen Tech Week will be celebrated for the first time March 4 - 10, 2007.
To kick off the celebration, YALSA held a contest in which YALSA members could submit logos on behalf of teens in their library.

Ghadban was in the teen room at the library when he received the call on his cell phone letting him know he had won.
"I really can't believe I won!" said Ghadban.
"I put so many hours of work into the logo, waking up early just to go to my library, without that much hope of winning.
It was a lot of fun doing, I got to research logo design, but when it came down to it, the ideas for it really just came to me."

The winning logo will be used by YALSA in marketing and promotional materials related to Teen Tech Week.
The winner, Ahmad Ghadban, will receive a $50 gift certificate from Borders; Brian Hare, the librarian who turned in the winning logo on Ghadban's behalf, will receive $100 worth of books.

"It was absolutely thrilling to hear the news," said Brian Hare, Teen Specialist at the Wood County District Public Library.
"Ahmad put a great deal of work into the logo and met with me occasionally to ask for advice.
Lending a focus to Teen Tech Week and showing teens that libraries are willing to step up to the challenges of new technologies is exciting.
I am proud that Ahmad's logo will represent that attitude."

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens.
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