Register for YALSA’s Tech Playground & Mixer

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

November 18, 2008

CHICAGO — Want to learn how to integrate traditional library activities like booktalking, teen programs and marketing with a technological twist? Then come to the Tech Playground, hosted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) at the Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 23.

Attendees can sample fun technologies for teen library services while earning raffle tickets to win a Flip Video camera. From making your own ringtone to voting for America’s Next Top Booktalker via SMS, every activity will offer ideas for fun and interactive programs you can replicate in real life with little funds. Earn raffle tickets for each activity for a chance to win exciting prizes. The Tech Playground is also the official kickoff event for Teen Tech Week 2009, to be held March 8-14. A full list of activities is available at

“By expanding YALSA’s Friday night social event to include microblogs, social networking sites and virtual reference, we are guaranteeing that everyone who attends will leave with new ideas for their own library, no matter the size or budget,” said Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA President.

Tickets cost $40. To buy tickets and find out more about YALSA’s Tech Playground, visit

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,