YALSA names 2009 Outstanding Books for the College Bound & Lifetime Learners List

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YALSA Communications Specialist

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For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

DENVER —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the 2009 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifetime Learners list. Revised every five years, this list is intended as a tool for several audiences: students preparing for college, parents, educators and librarians. The 2009 list was produced by a YALSA committee made up of public, school and academic librarians, in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

The 2009 list offers titles in five categories: Arts and Humanities, History and Cultures, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The complete list can be found online at

Members of the 2009 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners Committee is: Sarajo Wentling, chair, Waconia (Minn.) Library, Carver County Library System; Darla Bressler, Bloomsburg (Pa.) University; Jan Chapman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, Ohio; Barb Conkin, Queens Public Library, East Elmhurst, N.Y.; Judith Druse, Washburn University of Topeka, Mabee Library, Kansas; Sarah Erwin, Kirkwood (Mo.) Public Library; Angela Frederick, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Tina Frolund, Las Vegas (Nev.) Library; Sarah Howard, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia, Mo.; Robin Lupa, Jefferson County Public Library, Arvada (Colo.) Branch; Maggie Moran, Northwest Community College, Senatobia, Miss.; Adela Peskorz, Metropolitan State University, Library and Learning Center, St. Paul, Minn.; Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, Port Orchard, Wash.; Kelly Vikstrom, Friends School, Lower School Library, Baltimore, Md.; and Judith Walker, ACRL liaison, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins 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
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