2010 Morris Award Finalists

The Morris Award winner will be announced’ at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Monday, January 18 from 8-10 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place Essex Center South, along with the winner and finalists for YALSA’s Nonfiction Award.

All six authors of the five finalists were interviewed here at the YALSA blog. Here are the links to the interviews:

Interview with Malinda Lo, author of Ash: “I did outline [Ash],’ and came up with long character questionnaires. At the same time, I was an anthropology graduate student, so I approached worldbuilding from an anthropologist’s perspective. That means I thought about rituals—cultural practices that can mark major changes in one’s life, like birth, marriage, and death.”

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Nonfiction Award: Interview with Phillip Hoose

At Midwinter 2010 in Boston, the winner of the inaugural YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults will be announced.’  To celebrate this award, the YALSA blog will be publishing interviews with some of the shortlisted authors.’  Our last interview is with Phillip Hoose, author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.’  Don’t forget to tune in on Monday, January 18th to see who wins the first-ever YALSA Nonfiction Award!

Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin

The Nonfiction Committee on Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice:’  “Hoose recounts the largely untold story of Claudette Colvin, who was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 after refusing to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white woman. Interviews with Colvin create a vivid picture not only of the Montgomery bus boycott but also the Browder v. Gayle case, in which she was a key defendant.”

YALSA Blog:’  Congratulations on being included on the shortlist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults!’  What was your reaction to being included on the shortlist for this first-ever award?

Phillip Hoose:’  First, I’m thrilled that at last there is such an award.’  It’s long overdue’  recognition of those who have been telling true stories artfully.’ ‘  Of course I feel honored to be’  a finalist, especially in the first group.
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Interview with Nina LaCour

Welcome to the’ final interview in YALSA’s’ series of interviews with the authors who are on’ the 2010 Morris Award Shortlist. Today we’ have Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still. Don’t forget to tune in on Monday, January 18 to the Youth Media Awards to find out who wins the 2010 Morris Award!

holdstill_webThe Morris Award Committee’ on Hold Still:’ â€œAfter Caitlin’s best friend Ingrid commits suicide, Caitlin has a hard time making sense of the loss. She finds Ingrid’s journal and slowly allows herself to read it and learn about why Ingrid felt the need to end her life. Caitlin also grapples with allowing herself to find another friend, to let in a boyfriend, and to understand why her favorite teacher is ignoring her. It is the haunting story of dealing with loss, moving on, and finding peace and hope.”

YALSA Blog: Congratulations on Hold Still being on the Morris Award shortlist! Where were you when you found out you’d been shortlisted for the Morris Award? And who was the first person you told?

Nina LaCour: Thank you so much! It’s such an honor to be recognized with these five incredible authors.’ I was in my apartment when I got the call from Penguin. I was completely shocked and so excited. The first person I called was my wife, Kristyn, who was on her way home from work and sounded even more excited than I felt, if that’s even possible. Later that night I went to a pub for trivia night with Kristyn and my cousin and a couple friends, and the only answer I knew the whole night was the title of a 90s hip-hop song, but I didn’t mind because I was so elated over being shortlisted. Continue reading

YALSA Networking Dinner

Those of you looking to network with fellow YALSA members can meet for dinner at Grottos www.grottosrestaurant.com Saturday January 16th @ 7:00. Reservations have been made for a large YALSA group. This is an opportunity for those people not invited to publisher dinners to still have an excellent meal. Sign up at Friday’s Happy Hour and meet other people who may be joining for dinner before that night.

The YALSA Update: Midwinter & More

Midwinter starts next week! Even if you’re not attending, there’s plenty for you to know as YALSA and ALA head to Boston.

Morris/Nonfiction Book Trailer Contest: Teens at your library could win a box of books and a $100 gift certificate to a major bookseller; you could win $200 in books from YALSA! Encourage teens at your library to create book trailers featuring the finalists from the 2010 Morris Award or Nonfiction Award and upload them to YouTube by Jan. 17, tagged either “yalsamorris” or “yalsanf.” Read the official rules (PDF)’  to learn more.

Keep up with what’s going on YALSA will be blogging, podcasting, and Twittering from Midwinter. We’ll have liveblogs of a few events, including the BBYA Teen Session, the Youth Media Awards, and the Morris/Nonfiction presentation.’  We’ll also be covering important board decisions, like those about YALSA’s selected lists and virtual participation. Follow along on the blog or YALSA’s Twitter page. Coming to Midwinter? Join the conversation by tagging your blog posts, tweets, and Flickr photos with #yalsa and #alamw10 #mw2010 .

Watch the Youth Media Awards in the comfort of your library or home ALA will provide a free live webcast of its Youth Media Awards on Jan. 18, starting at 7:45 a.m. The number of available connections for the Webcast is limited and the broadcast is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online visitors can view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements by going to http://alawebcast.unikron.com.

If you’re going to Boston, see what we have planned after the jump, including the Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition institute, the Games, Gadgets, and Gurus social event, the Youth Media Awards announcement, and the Morris/Nonfiction Award Reception.

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YALSA’s New Research Journal

As Linda Braun mentioned last week in her President’s report, YALSA will soon be starting a new online research journal and I’ve been appointed the first editor.’  I’m very excited about the journal and think this is a great opportunity for YALSA.’  The official name will be decided next week at the YALSA Board Meeting, and soon after I will be posting official call for papers.’  In the meantime here’s a quick overview of the 4 types of articles we hope to publish:
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Process Committees, Juries, Taskforces & Advisory Boards Appointments

It is time to begin making Process Committees, Juries, Taskforces & Advisory Boards. If you are interested in serving on a YALSA Process committee here is some information you may find helpful…

If you are new to committee work, a Process Committee, Jury, Taskforces & Advisory Board can be an excellent way to get to get your feet wet and begin to learn how committees work. There are nearly 30 different Process Committees, Juries, Taskforces & Advisory Boards ranging from Legislation to Teen Read Week and everything in between so it is easy to find a committee that fits your interests. A complete list of YALSA Process Committees, Juries, Taskforces & Advisory Boards is available.

It is always a good idea for everyone to do some background work and find out how each committee works by checking the YALSA page for a description of each committee’s function. Volunteer forms for Process Committees, Juries, Taskforces & Advisory Boards are available on the YALSA web site and are due Feb. 28, 2010 for this round of appointments.

Incoming chairs will be appointed by February 19, 2010 and full committees will be appointed by May 7, 2010.

Please contact me if you have any questions or need more information kimpatton@kclibrary.org
Kimberly Patton
YALSA President Elect

Partnership Profile: Words on Wheels (WOW)

The program below is one of many featured on ALA’s online clearinghouse for school/public library cooperation managed by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation. Visit the clearinghouse to learn more or share your own exemplary partnership!

Title of Program: Youth Outreach / Words on Wheels (WOW)
Type of Program: Public Library Visits to Schools
Age level: Elementary & Secondary
Description of Program: Outreach staff is available to share information about the library, reading and information literacy with students in all grades. Some of the programs we offer include:

  • Website Introduction: we teach students to navigate the Library District website focusing on homework help, online tutors and tests, ordering library materials, emedia, and getting a library card.
  • Nevada Reading Week Classroom Visits: Let us visit your Elementary classroom and share stories, information about the library, and the joy of reading when you celebrate Nevada Reading Week.
  • Summer Reading Assemblies or Classroom visits: Reading during summer break helps kids keep their skills fresh. Let us get kids fired up about reading all summer long as we explain the Library District’s Summer Reading Program.
  • Third Grade Wallet Visits: we can visit your 3rd grade classroom to share stories, booktalks and information about the public library. Third grade students receive the state Library Card Wallet with a special greeting from the Governor and encouragement to sign up for their own library card.
  • We are also available for: Family Nights, Literacy Events, Career Days, College Fairs and other school events we can staff an information table or create a custom presentation to fit your needs.

Contact Information:
Mary Nelson Brown
Youth Services Coordinator
833 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 507-3596

Start Your New Year With YALSA – Chat Transcript

Last night’s YALSA sponsored chat, What’s Your YALSA New Year’s Resolution, was a lively discussion about YALSA member groups, what makes an Interest Group and Interest Group, what makes a Discussion Group a Discussion Group, YALSA publishing opportunities, and the process for getting involved in the Association.

The chat was facilitated by myself, YALSA President, and Kim Patton, YALSA President-Elect. It was good to have the opportunity to answer member, and potential member, questions about the organization.

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A Clique Or A Welcoming Group?

As YALSA President, one of the things I sometimes hear from new YALSA members, and those attending Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference for the first time, is that YALSA is very cliquey. I can see how that can be the perception as at meetings and events, people who know each other and haven’t seen each other in months, get excited about having the chance to talk face-to-face and huddle around each other excitedly, often talking non-stop. To some, walking into that environment, it can seem like first day at a new high school on the first day of school after summer vacation. Vacation is just over and everyone is running up to each other, hugging, and gabbing away, excited about being together again after time apart. Continue reading