For immediate release | September 20, 2011

Refresh your library’s existing teen services with YALSA’s pre-Midwinter workshop

CHICAGO — Find out how you can give your library’s standard teen services a boost at YALSA’s Innovations in Essential Teen Services half-day workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, in Dallas. Join YALSA to learn easy-to-implement updates on providing readers’ advisory, homework help, teen space design, promoting and developing literacy skills and more!

Participants in this half-day institute will learn:

  • How to involve teens in creating educational content;
  • How to teach teens the skills they need to manage their online image;
  • How to use QR Codes and Microsoft’s Kinect to motivate and engage teens;
  • How to use outcome-based evaluations to assess the 21st Century skills of teens;
  • How to use and customize New York Public Library’s open-source Homework App for your school or library;
  • How to create affordable, functional spaces for teens.

Registration for this half-day event costs $89 for student members and $129 for all others. Refreshments are included. To register for Innovations in Essential Teen Services, visit ALA is offering bundled registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference through Oct. 2 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: