Support Teen Literature with Operation TBD

Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD) is back again! This year, YALSA is partnering with readergirlz, Guys’ Lit Wire, and If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything (a reading club for Native children founded by former ALA president Loriene Roy) to distribute 10,000 new books, donated by publishers, to teens on Native Reservations and Tribal Lands, to coincide with Support Teen Literature Day on April 15. In addition, more than 100 YA authors are going to leave new YA books in public places, with a bookplate from Operation TBD.

How can you get involved? There are several ways:

  • Plan your own book drop! Be sure to download bookplates from the readergirlz site and paste them into the books you’re donating. You can also download a Operation TBD countdown widget at their site.
  • Download bookmarks (PDF) and share them at your library to raise awareness. Each bookmark recommends a number of titles for teens.
  • Add to the official book drop!’  GuysLitWire has created a wish list of 750 books that supporters can buy from Powells.com. These purchases will be sent directly to one of two tribal school libraries, Ojo Encino Day School or Alchesay High School.
  • See where books are going at If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything.
  • Join the party! Readergirlz will host an online TBD Post-Op party at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST that evening at the readergirlz blog.

Learn more about Support Teen Literature Day, held on the Thursday of National Library Week, at the YALSA wiki.

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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