YALSA to host online chat on summer reading July 1

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host its second online chat in its space in ALA Connect, focusing on summer reading programs at 8 p.m. Eastern on July 1.

YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski will host the chat, which will take place at
http://connect.ala.org/yalsa and is open only to YALSA members. Chat participants should come prepared to discuss the successes and challenges they face in providing summer reading programs at their libraries.

“E-chats are a great way for people to be involved virtually and a great way to take advantage of the network of librarians that comes with being a YALSA member,” said Debraski. “Our first chat, on the economy, was so successful we decided to do more on other topics. Because most summer reading programs have just begun, it seemed to be a timely topic. It's a great opportunity to share success stories and ideas.”

To participate, log into ALA Connect at
http://connect.ala.org. YALSA members should use their login for the
ALA website. Lost passwords can be recovered through the
ALA website. Once logged in, head to the YALSA area and then click “Chats.” A chat transcript will be posted on the YALSA blog (
http://yalsa.ala.org/blog) on July 2.

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: