Happy Support Teen Literature Day!

Happy Support Teen Literature Day! In addition to participating in Operation TBD, YALSA today launched three literacy campaigns – Teen Read Week 2010 registration and mini grants, the Teens’ Top Ten nominations and YA Galley Group applications, and the WrestleMania Reading Challenge – and we hope you’ll join us!

First, 2010 Teen Read Week registration is now open. Visit www.ala.org/teenread to register for our 2010 celebration. In addition to free registration, visitors to the Teen Read Week website can find activity ideas relating to this year’s theme, planning resources, publicity tools and applications for Teen Read Week Mini Grants. Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 17-23, with a theme of Books with Beat @ your library, which encourages teens to read poetry, audiobooks, books about music and more, for the fun of it. Registration benefits include access to the 2010 theme logo, the chance to win a collection of four books from Cinco Puntos, and a collection of 25 titles from Viz Media. The first 300 YALSA members to register will receive a copy of Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra’ Harvey.

Second, the Teens’ Top Ten nominations are live at www.ala.org/teenstopten. See who made the list of this year’s 26 nominees. Have your teens start reading them now so they can vote for their favorites in August and September. Visit www.ala.org/teenstopten to download the 26 official nominees and a toolkit with reproducible and ideas for promoting the nominees in your library. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23. ‘ In addition, YALSA is accepting applications for the 2010-2012 YA Galley groups, fifteen book groups who determine the nominees each year. Learn more and apply at www.ala.org/teenstopten.

Finally, YALSA has also opened registration for the 2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge at www.ala.org/wrestlemania. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge has been revamped as it enters its fifth year. The Challenge now will take place over a period of one week, during Teen Read Week. Librarians and educators: register to participate through July 31 at www.ala.org/wrestlemania. As part of the Challenge activities, students will pledge to read 5 books or graphic novels between Teen Read Week and WrestleMania 27 on April 3, 2011. They may also complete a competitive project during Teen Read Week if they want to be eligible to win a trip to WrestleMania. The students chosen as Grand Prize Winners represent their libraries at the WrestleMania Reading Challenge World Finals in Atlanta on April 2, 2011 and win their libraries $2,000 grants and other prizes.

Questions? Contact us at yalsa@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

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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