The YALSA Update: Last chance WrestleMania, Emerging Leaders & More!

This is it! Next week Saturday is your last chance to register for the 2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge! Remember, the challenge is being held over just one week this year, making it simpler for everyone to implement. Why should you register? In addition to making your library eligible to win books from Penguin and $2,000, it can revitalize your library services and bring in teens that aren’t regular users. Just ask Bambi Mansfeld.

Be a 2010 Emerging Leader! YALSA will sponsor two Emerging Leaders in 2011! Emerging Leaders is a program that fast-tracks promising and new ALA members for leadership roles within the association. The application and guidelines can be found at the Emerging Leaders website.

New Stipend and Contest from YALSA This week, YALSA announced a new stipend and a new contest, both funded by Friends of YALSA. YALSA will award five stipends of up to $1,000 each to attend ALA’s National Library Legislative Day in 2011. In addition, YALSA seeks your advocacy success stories for the Thinking Big about Advocacy Contest, where you can win $500 for your library’s YA program (four runners-up will receive $100 each). Details on both, and applications, are available at www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants.

After the jump, find out more about YALSA publications, upcoming webinars, early bird registration for the symposium, and more!

Register for Upcoming Webinars: Join us August 19 for Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction, hosted by Angela Carstensen; and September 16 for Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes, hosted by Jen Hubert Swan. Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

New Books from YALSA Now available in the ALA Online Store: Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services to Teens by Linda Braun, Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart and Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens, edited by Linda B. Alexander and Nahyun Kwon. Order your copy today!

8 weeks left for Early Bird! There’s only eight weeks left to take advantage of early bird pricing 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 or New Mexico Library Association members and is available until Sept. 10. Registration is available at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

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!

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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