The YALSA Update: The SummerSlam Reading Jam, New Book & More

One Week Left! Register for the SummerSlam Reading Jam, a pilot project from YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment by next Friday — your patrons could win a free trip to the SummerSlam pay-per-view event in LA or the WWE Encyclopedia, and your library could win $1,000 for your teen and tween connections. Registration is limited to the first 500 people to sign up by June 8. See the full details, and the official rules, online at the SummerSlam Reading Jam webpage.

New Book from YALSA! YALSA’s latest book, Quick & Popular Reads for Teens, collects and annotates the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list. Edited by Pam Spencer Holley and published by ALA Editions, this provides a one-stop guide to two of YALSA’s favorite booklists. Check it out today.

After the jump, read news about YALSA’s next symposium and find out how you can still sign up for special events at ALA Annual.

Propose a Symposium Program or Apply for a Symposium Stipend YALSA is currently accepting proposals for full or half-day preconferences at the symposium, programs at the symposium, or paper presentations at the symposium. Applications, as well as guidelines, can all be downloaded at the symposium website. Proposals are due to the YALSA office by Oct. 1, 2009 and applicants will be notified of status by Jan. 15, 2010. In addition, YALSA will again provide two stipends to members to attend the symposium: one for a student who will be enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program as of Nov. 5, 2010 and one for a library worker who has worked directly with teens for 1-10 years. Each will receive up to $1,000 to attend the symposium. Applications are available at the symposium website and are due to the YALSA office by Jan. 4, 2010.’  The 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium will take place Nov. 5-7, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is funded in part by the William C. Morris Foundation.

It’s Not Too Late! Advanced registration is over, but you can still join us in Chicago for the ALA Annual Conference, July 9-15! Join YALSA for the Genre Galaxy preconference (Annual registration is not required for the preconference), the Happy Hour & Fashion Show, the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon featuring Laurie Halse Anderson, the Morris Award presentation (featuring Elizabeth C. Bunce) and YA Authors’ Coffee Klatch, and the Printz Awards Program & Reception featuring Melina Marchetta and the honor book winners. Learn more about all our plans at Annual on the YALSA wiki. Registration is available at

Adding Events to Your Annual Registration If you have already registered and would like to add a preconference or special event, 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.

That’s it for this week’s update! To stay up to date on the latest from the YALSA Office, sign up to follow YALSA on Twitter or become a fan of YALSA on Facebook!

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.
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