On Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the San Diego Midwinter Meeting, you have the opportunity to bid on several baskets which will help you enjoy an evening of DVDs. Two of these are:

  • The “Great Books to Movies” basket, put together by the Great Books Giveaway Jury, will contain DVDs adapted from Young Adult books as well as a sample of books that have been made into movies. Read More →

On Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the San Diego Midwinter Meeting, you have the opportunity to bid on several baskets filled with good reads and treats for evenings at home on a cold winter’s night. Two of these are:

  • The 2011 Quick Picks Committee has chosen a delightful selection from their current list with delicious treats from twelve different states. Be prepared to discover new titles for your teen readers as well as new snacking favorites.
  • Spend time exploring the new Popular Paperback Books Lists with a selection of paperbacks from four new lists— “Thrillers and Killers”, “What’s Cooking”, “What If…”, and “Zombies, Werewolves and Things with Wings”. All books are selected by the 2011 Popular Paperback Committee members. Surprise treats are also included in this basket.

Don’t forget you can see all of the items that will be up for bid at YALSA’s Not So Silent Auction on the YALSA Midwinter Wiki Not So Silent Auction signup page.

Advocacy successes don’t always come quickly or easily, but reading about other libraries’ successes can give us all inspiration and hope in our efforts.

As the ALA Add It Up site  points out, ” The most dangerous time of the day is from 3 PM to 6 PM. Public libraries provide teens with a constructive place to go during these hours, where teens can organize and participate in supervised recreational and educational activities.”

The Maplewood Memorial Library in New Jersey experienced this problem in a most extreme fashion with 50 or more teens coming into the library every afternoon to just hang out, as you can see by the following account from the YALSA Toolkit: Speaking Up for Library Services to Teens: A Guide to Advocacy. Read More →