YALSA launches Teen Programming HQ website

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/02/2015


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its Teen Programming HQ website.

The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop shop for library staff to find and share program ideas and to network with one another around issues related to planning, implementing and evaluating library programs for and with teens.  

The site aims to promote best practices in programming by featuring user-submitted programs that align with YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines and Futures Report. The site also enables dissemination of timely information about emerging and new practices relating to teen programming; raises awareness about appropriate tools to facilitate innovation in teen programming; and provides a means for members and the library community to connect with one another to support and display their efforts to continuously improve their teen programs.

“There are so many library workers out there doing innovative things to help the teens in their community prepare for college, careers, and life,” commented Candice Mack, YALSA president.  “We wanted to provide a way that would bring together that great work and make it accessible to the entire library community.”

Visit the newly launched site to learn more or to upload a program idea at http://hq.yalsa.net/index.html.

The Teen Programming HQ website is funded through a sponsorship from Best Buy and a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.