Over the past few weeks the YALSA Financial Advancement Committee has been posting about Booze for Books. It's the YALSA event scheduled for April 12 that focuses on raising funds for the Books for Teens initiative.'  If you haven't read about Booze for Books yet, check out these two YALSABlog posts - Booze for Books: Don't Miss It and Thinking Outside the Booze Box.

Once your Books for Teens fundraiser is planned and you have a catchy name (Mocktails for a Mission, Libations for Libraries, Tea for Teens, etc.), how do you get the word out?'  Your event involves socializing; doesn't it make sense to use social media to get the word out. Or does it?'  Getting the word out can be challenging.'  Snail mail or email?'  Email will limit you to only those in your address book but I guess that is true for snail mail too. Do people still have a print address book? Hmmm, the question to ask yourself is how much time do I have/need to get the invites to donors, I mean your friends? If you start now snail mail will work for you.'  You will have a couple more weeks if you use email.'  Not much to think about with these choices.
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On Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the San Diego Midwinter Meeting, you have the opportunity to bid on several professional packages that can help you be a better librarian and your library provide good service to teens and other customers. Three of these are:
• A signed hardcover collection of Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series. Value: $100/pricelss. Donor : Candlewick Press
• Alex Award Winners Basket! Estimated value: $250 The Alex Award committee will donate a copy of all 10 winners! Since they won't be announced until Monday morning, this will be a Mystery basket! The pot will be made even sweeter with a t-shirt and other goodies. Alex winners will be available Monday in YALSA Office at Conventions Center
• FOUR autographed paranormal books from Egmont USA: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Barnes and Siren by Tricia Rayburn. Total value unsigned- $72, signed PRICELESS! Donor: Egmont USA

Are you excited about the possibilities? Well there is so much more.'  Please visit the YALSA Midwinter Wiki Not So Silent Auction signup page at http://tinyurl.com/26eccw3.'  See you at the Auction!

Everyone knows that some of the best cooks in the world are librarians. How would you like to make scrumptious cookies and amazing desserts ! You will have the opportunity to bid on a cookbook of dessert recipes from YALSA members. I sure hope cookbook organizer Amy Alessio includes her recipe for Double Peanut Butter Cookies. Mmm, Mmm, just imagine cakes , cookies , pies, oh my. Recipes for these delectables can be yours for the low cost of, whatever you bid at YALSA's Not So Silent Auction on Friday January 7, 2011.

This wonderful recipe book is provide by Amy Alessio and other wonderful YALSA bakers. Check out Amy Alessio's official website. Read More →

On Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the San Diego Midwinter Meeting, you have the opportunity to bid on several professional packages that can help you be a better librarian and your library provide good service to teens and other customers.
Do you consider yourself to be Odd? Do you appreciate the funny, the grotesque, bizarre, yet thoughtful? Then, you will definitely want to bid on the Skype visit from the Author of, Order of Odd-Fish, James Kennedy. http://jameskennedy.com/about/Teachers and librarians across the country have said his visit to their libraries and classrooms was hysterical, engaging and interactive. Teens couldn't stop laughing. Teachers can't wait to have him visit again. Don't miss your chance to bid on the Skype visit from James Kennedy at YALSA'S Not So Silent Auction. Friday January 7, 2011. This prize is worth $ 500.00.
Take a look at YALSA's wiki to see all the items up for bid.

It's a secret! No! It's SILENT. Be sure to come to the silent auction Friday January 7, 2011. There will be great items, baskets, gifts and more, up for bid. The great thing about an auction, YOU name your price. Just don't let anyone outbid you! I plan to bid on the kindle. I told you there were great prizes. OOOH, OOOH and the cashmere hand knitted scarf, OH and I want Nancy Werlin to name a character after me, OH and, SSSH, can't tell you anymore it's silent! You have to come and hear; I mean, bid for yourself.