The YALSA Update: Annual Events, Webinar Registration & More

Coming to Annual? Tickets available for YALSA’s Special Events! Tickets are still available for YALSA’s special events at ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 25-29! You can still sign up for YALSA’s full-day preconference on June 25, It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with “Sensitive” Topics in Teen Services, featuring authors Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan and Ellen Hopkins, and YALSA’s half-day preconference on June 25, Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools, featuring authors Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Malinda Lo, John Green, and David Levithan. You can also sign up for the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon on June 26, honoring author Jim Murphy; the YA Author Coffee Klatch on June 27, featuring authors from YALSA’s awards and selected booklists; or the Michael L. Printz Award Reception on June 28, honoring winner Libba Bray and honor book authors Deborah Heiligman, Rick Yancey, Adam Rapp, and John Barnes.

Details on these, and all of YALSA’s plans, are available at the YALSA Annual Wiki.

If you are planning to attend ALA Annual Conference, you can add any of our events to your registration at www.ala.org/annual.

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, 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 have added.

To register only for either of the pre-Annual workshops, please fill out the form at http://yalsa.ala.org/annual/event.pdf (skip Section I) and either mail or fax it to 800-521-6017 or mail it to: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters, 568 Atrium Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

After the jump, learn more about YALSA’s summer webinars, Teen Read Week, the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, YALSA’s summer online courses, and registration for the YA Literature Symposium.

Register for our June, July, and August webinars! Registration is open for YALSA’s summer webinars! Our June 17 webinar (YA Classics, hosted by Sarah Debraski) will give you 25 classic YA titles and important info on how to use them at your library; our July 15 webinar (Risky Business, hosted by Linda Braun) offers participants insights into effectively taking risks to manage and improve services to teens at your library; and our August webinar (Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction, hosted by Angela Carstensen) explores the fast-growing world of YA nonfiction and how it fits into your library. All YALSA webinars last one hour and take place at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register for all three today! Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. A group rate of $195 is available. Learn more about YALSA webinars at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Teen Read Week Registration Register for Teen Read Week, Books with Beat @ your library. Registration enters you into drawings for books and much more. After you’ve registered, check out the rest of the Teen Read Week website for activity ideas, planning resources, publicity tools and more. Celebrate teen reading at your library, Oct. 17-23!

2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Register now 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.

YALSA Summer Online Course Registration: Registration is now open for YALSA’s summer online courses! In Beyond Booklists: Serving Diverse Today’s Diverse Teens, instructor Jennifer Velasquez will guide participants in serving today’s diverse generation, including ways to design, implement and evaluate more in-depth services and programs for today’s diverse teen population and recent teen immigrants. Participants will also gain skills in addressing issues such as language barriers, cultural differences, and institutional support. In Power Up with Print, instructor Jamie Watson will show participants how to boost the library’s circulation’ through the development of teen-centered programs,’ material evaluation and selection, booktalks and more, as well as discuss the latest trends in YA lit. Course registration now open at www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses. Courses cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers and will take place July 12 to August 9.

Register for the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium Registration is now open for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 5–7, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, N.M. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members and is available until Sept. 10. Registration is available at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

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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