Connect teens to reading using Web tools at YALSA’s preconference

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

March 16, 2010

CHICAGO — Teens are online every day, creating and sharing content on tools like Facebook and YouTube. At the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will be giving librarians tools to connect teens to reading using these resources during “Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools,” a half-day preconference on June 25, 12:30–4:30 pm. You do not need to register for ALA Annual Conference to attend this workshop. Tickets cost $99.

Librarians, reporters and academics will explore teens' daily use of technology and the interaction of digital and print reading channels, including fan fiction and gaming. YA authors will discuss leveraging readership through social networking channels. Speakers for the preconference include Kami Garcia,Margaret Stohl, Malinda Lo, John Green and David Levithan.

If you wish to register for this event without registering for Annual, you can download the form to mail or fax in (ignore part I) at If you haven’t registered for Annual, you can do so at and add this special event onto your registration.

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 have 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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,