Win an author visit for the Best Teen Read Week™ Celebration

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

September 2, 2008

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and will give away two author visits plus other prizes in the 2008 Best Teen Read Week™ Celebration Contest. The 2008 Best Teen Read Week Celebration Contest is graciously supported by Mirrorstone Books, 2008 Teen Read Week Corporate Sponsor. is a Teen Read Week Nonprofit Supporter.

YALSA and are looking for the best Teen Read Week celebrations that involve significant collaboration between teachers and librarians. Those who enter must plan a collaborative celebration that involves at least one teacher and one librarian working together to use young adult literature in an engaging way and lead teens to “read for the fun of it.” YALSA and will also be looking for celebrations that articulate the theme, incorporate youth participation, are creative and are age appropriate.

One winner will receive an author visit from Kimberly Pauley of Mirrorstone Books, ; another winner will receive a visit from author Geno Salvatore, who will run a D&D game at the winning library; and five runners-up will each receive a $50 retail value prize package from YALSA and The winning projects will be featured on and on the YALSA website.

To enter, please visit the Teen Read Week website at and follow the links on the homepage to the contest. Entries are due to the YALSA office by Nov. 7.

Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative YALSA, aimed at encouraging teens to read for the fun of it. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. For more information or to register, visit the Teen Read Week Web site at Teen Read Week 2008 will be celebrated Oct. 12-18 with a theme of Books with Bite @ your library®.

For more than 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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,