YALSA Update: Symposium Early Bird Extended, Teen Read Week reg, Webinars & More

Symposium Early Bird Extended! YALSA has extended early bird registration for the YA Lit Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico through Sept. 17! If you register in the next two weeks, you’ll enjoy our lowest rates. Join us Nov. 5-7 to network with your fellow librarians and educators, meet 30+ YA authors, and earn 12 contact hours. Learn more about the symposium and register at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

Bundled Registration Now Open Planning to attend both ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2011? Take advantage of bundled pricing and save. YALSA members pay just $300 for both conferences if they register at www.ala.org/midwinter by Sept. 30.

Teen Read Week Registration Teen Read Week registration ends in less than a month! Register by Sept. 20 to be entered into a drawing for free books from Carolrhoda Lab, Cinco Puntos, and Viz Media. Plus you’ll help show YALSA that initiatives like Teen Read Week or worth supporting. Learn more and register at www.ala.org/teenread.

YALSA’s Reluctant Reader Webinar Looking for guidance to reach out to reluctant readers in your library? Sign up for YALSA’s Sept. 9 webinar, Ready, Set, Go: 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes, presented by Jen Hubert Swan. The webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern and costs $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. Group registration costs $195. Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

After the jump, we have news on the Teens’ Top Ten, Selection Committee Volunteer Forms, online course registration, the I Love My Librarian Award, the YALSA Dessert Cookbook we’re auctioning off at Midwinter, and a link to American Libraries’ interview with Rob Reiner, director of Flipped!


Teens’ Top Ten Voting Now Open Tell your teens to vote for their favorite books at www.ala.org/teenstopten, YALSA’s annual poll of favorite teen books from the previous year! Voting is open now through Sept. 17. The Teens’ Top Ten is a teen choice booklist chosen entirely by and for teens.

Selection Committee Volunteer Forms Interested in volunteering for one of YALSA’s selection list committees? Make sure to fill out the volunteer form by Sept. 30. Be sure to read this Q&A (PDF) with Sarah Flowers and Eva Volin or watch a webinar on serving on selection committees, hosted by Sarah Hall and Priscille Dando.

Now through September 27, YALSA Fall Online Course Registration: YALSA fall online course registration is now open!’  The fall session takes place October 4 to November 1, and we have two classes available: Growing, Managing and Defending the Young Adult Budget, taught by Monique Delatte, and Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services, taught by Amy Alessio. Both classes last four weeks and cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers. For details on both classes and to register (after August 2), visit www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

Submit Your Dessert Recipe for YALSA’s Cookbook Are you as good in the kitchen as you are at connecting teens and libraries? Do your friends always insist you bring dessert? Well, submit your best dessert recipes and you could be featured in the YALSA Dessert Cookbook, which will be raffled off at the Not-So-Silent Auction at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. Contact Amy Alessio at amyalessio@sbcglobal.net and ask for the template. Submit your recipe by Sept. 30 for consideration!

I Love My Librarian! ALA is accepting applications for the annual Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York TimesI Love My Librarian Award.’  The award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Encourage your customers to nominate you and you could win’  a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times.’  Learn more at www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Read American Libraries’ Interview with the Director of Flipped American Libraries’ George Eberhart sat down with Rob Reiner, director of the new movie, Flipped, based on Wendelin Van Draanen’s book of the same name (which was on YALSA’s 2005 Selected Audiobooks and 2006 Popular Paperbacks lists). One nugget: Reiner found out about the book after his son was assigned to read it for school. Read the interview.

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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