YALSA celebrates 50 years of teen library services at Annual President's Program

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn
Communications Specialist
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2007

YALSA celebrates 50 years of teen library services at Annual President’s Program

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will present its 50th Anniversary President’s Program, A Day in the Life of a Teenager: Five Decades with YALSA, on Monday, June 25, at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

In addition to celebrating YALSA’s past achievements, the President’s Program will feature a panel discussion on the past five decades of young adult literature with an eye toward future trends. Noted young adult literature expert Michael Cart will moderate. The panel includes:

*Author David Almond, winner of the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for “Kit’s Wilderness”; his most recent book, “Clay,” was named a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults;

*Editor Joanna Cotler, whose Joanna Cotler Books imprint at HarperCollins has published several award-winning books for young adults;

*Author Nick Hornby, the best-selling author of “High Fidelity” and the upcoming “Slam,” his first novel for young adults; and

*Author Robert Lipsyte, winner of the 2001 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults for “The Contender,” “The Brave,” and “One Fat Summer.”

The program also will reflect on YALSA’s 50 years of leadership in providing excellent library service to teens, with a presentation highlighting previous YALSA presidents and their achievements, as well as a short slide presentation exploring teen fads, fashions and popular reading along with milestones in YALSA history, featuring dramatic vignettes for each decade.

"This year's program celebrates YALSA's storied past while focusing on its future, which is to continue to be the leader in providing the best possible service to young adults and teens in our libraries,” said YALSA President Judy Nelson. “To quote our moderator, Michael Cart, we are in a golden age of teen literature, and YALSA's service during the past 50 years has helped make this possible. I'm happy to celebrate our contributions to the past five decades of our profession and that we're still reading after all these years."

For 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.