Explore teen reading at YALSA’s 2009 preconference

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn


(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

May 12, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will offer a preconference on connecting teens with reading materials using specific genres.

Attendees will learn about new literacy activities and hear about sample programs based on teen books, as well as find out how to create a solid school or public library teen collection, even on a limited budget. Speakers include authors Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, Patrick Jones, James Kennedy, David Lubar and Dom Testa, as well as many teen literature experts. More details are available online at the YALSA wiki (visit
http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa and click “YALSA at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference.”)

Tickets for the preconference cost $195 for YALSA members, student members and retired members; $235 for ALA members; and $285 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. You do not need to register for ALA Annual Conference to attend the preconference. Registration is available at
www.ala.org/annual. If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800)-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on
this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

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,