For immediate release | September 17, 2010

Learn how to make the ultimate teen-friendly library at YALSA’s pre-Midwinter Institute

CHICAGO — Today’s teens make up one of the largest generations in U.S. history. They’re tech-savvy, smart, curious and more diverse than previous generations. They’re today’s customers and tomorrow’s voters. So how do you build a library experience that appeals to teens and turns them into regular library users? And how do we, as teen services librarians, get the entire library to help us do that?

The answers to these important questions can be found at YALSA’s pre-Midwinter workshop, Teens and the Whole Library Experience, on Jan. 7, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, in San Diego, Calif. Participants in this full-day institute will learn:

  • Strategies for building partnerships with other library departments, such as reference or circulation, to create a more teen-friendly environment
  • Tools and tactics to gain funding and win administrative support to improve teen library services
  • Ideas for cross-departmental services and programming
  • How to tap youth participation to build a stronger library program

Registration for this all-day event costs $195 for YALSA members, $235 for ALA members and $285 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

To register for Teens and the Whole Library Experience, visit ALA is offering bundled registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference through Sept. 30 at, and registration for YALSA’s institute can be added to it.

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,


Stephanie Kuenn