YALSA names 2008 Selected DVDs and Videos for Young Adults

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist, YALSA

(312) 280-2128


For Immediate Release,

January 22, 2008

YALSA names 2008 Selected DVDs and Videos for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA -The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), today announced its 2008 Selected DVDs and Videos for Young Adults list. The list recognizes productions for technical merit, content and interest to young adults ages 12-18. It is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The 2008 Selected DVDs and Videos for Young Adults Committee chose eight films, including such profound and diverse true stories as "The Grace Lee Project," which explores the concepts of identity and belonging, "Juvies," an unflinching look at juveniles behind bars and the creatively composed short film "The Guarantee," which offers a humorous look at the impact our physical features can have on our opportunities. The complete list can be found at
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. The annotated list is available to YALSA members only at

"It's a film-fabulous list! The films selected address the diverse needs of the teens served in our libraries as they come of age in this rapidly changing world." said Michael T. Wallace, committee chair.

Members of the Selected DVDs and Videos for Young Adults Committee are: Michael T. Wallace, chair, ReadingHelp4Teens, Rockville, Md.; Jeana Actkinson, Bridgeport (Texas) High School; Rachel Aronowitz, San Francisco (Calif.) Public Library; Zahra M. Baird, Chappaqua (N.Y.) Library; Krista Britton, Old Bridge Elementary School, Woodbridge, Va.; Lynn Carpenter, Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library; Jacquelyn Caverly, Eden Prairie (Minn.) Resource Library; Danielle Dreger, Boston (Mass.) Public Library; Melanie Metzger, Cy-Fair College Branch Library, Cypress, Texas; Angela Semifero, Marshall (Mich.) District Library; Kerry Sutherland, Akron (Ohio) Summit County Public Library; Brooke Young, Salt Lake City, Utah; Sue Ellen Beauregard, consultant,
Booklist, Chicago, Ill.; and Katie Boyes, administrative assistant, Maple Valley (Wash.) 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
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: