The YALSA Update: Course Reg Ends, Spectrum, WrestleMania & More!

Summer Course Registration Ends Tuesday Registration ends July 6 – that’s Tuesday – for YALSA’s summer online course, 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.

Congrats to YALSA’s Newest Spectrum Scholar! Congratulations are in order for Hoan-Vu Do, YALSA’s 2010-2011 Spectrum Scholar. Do will attend San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information’ Science.

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Registration You only have 30 days to register for the 2010-2011 Challenge! Remember, the Challenge has changed this year to take place during just one week, making it simpler for you and your teens and tweens to particpate. Registering automatically enters you into a drawing for one of five sets of books from Penguin — and it gives teens and tweens at your library the chance to win tickets to WrestleMania and $2,000 for your library. Register today at www.ala.org/wrestlemania.

Register for our July webinar! Registration is open for YALSA’s July webinar! 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. This in-depth, one-hour webinar will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern. Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. A group rate of $195 is available. Learn more (and find out details on our August and September webinars) at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

After the jump, see how to win $250 from YALSA for your Great Idea,’  how you can get a free copy of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 4th edition; how to win books’  simply by registering for Teen Read Week (it’s free!); who’s speaking at the Bill Morris Memorial Author Luncheon at the YA Lit Symposium, and how you can be a 2011 Emerging Leader!

Win $250 from YALSA for Your Great Idea We’ve extended the application for YALSA’s Great Ideas contest to July 15, 2010! YALSA needs your Great Ideas – and you could win $250 in cash! We’re looking for creative help from you to help YALSA achieve its goals. Download an application at the Great Ideas webapage and send your questions to Sarajo Wentling at sjwentling@yahoo.com.

Free Book Offer! For a limited time only at the ALA Online Store, if you buy a copy of YALSA’s Cool Teen Programs for under $100, edited by Jenine Lillian, or Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 5th edition, edited by Amy Alessio, you’ll receive a free copy of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 4th edition, edited by Renee Vaillancourt McGrath. This offer is available only in the ALA Online Store at www.alastore.ala.org.

Want to win free books? Sign up for Teen Read Week If you haven’t already, register for Teen Read Week In addition to showing YALSA that you support this program’  — which encourage teens to read for fun — there are major benefits to doing so.

When you register for Teen Read Week, you’re automatically enrolled in a contest to win a collection of titles from Cinco Puntos, 25 manga titles from Viz Media, and a full set of the Fall 2010 launch list from Carolrhoda Lab. Register today!

Apply to Be a 2011 Emerging Leader YALSA will sponsor two personal members for the 2011 class of Emerging Leaders! Applications are now online; be sure to indicate “YALSA” as the preferred sponsor when applying. YALSA’s Emerging Leaders will each receive up to $1,000 to attend ALA’s 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego and Annual Conference in New Orleans ($500 per conference). YALSA’s Emerging Leaders are funded through the Friends of YALSA.

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson to speak at YA Lit Symposium’s Bill Morris Author Luncheon Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall, will be the featured speaker at the Bill Morris Author Luncheon at YALSA’s 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium. The luncheon is named for William C. Morris, the legendary children’s publishing figure whose endowment helps fund the symposium. Early bird registration is now open for the symposium, which will take place Nov. 5–7, 2010, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, N.M. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members and is available until Sept. 10.

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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