YALSA’s Turning 56!

Image Courtesy of Will Clayton on FlickrOn June 24, 2013, YALSA will’ celebrate’ it’s 56th anniversary and we want you to be a part of the festivities!In 1957, when YALSA was founded, it wasn’t the large organization we know today. Originally called the Young Adult Services Division (YASD), there are many things you would recognize in today’s organization. YASD was committed’ to librarians who served teens in all kinds of libraries and focused on selected booklists and a professional publication (a joint venture with ALSC). For 56 years YALSA has been committeed to serving and connecting young adult librarians, and this year we want to celebrate our organization’s accomplishments.
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Thanks, We Did It!

As YALSAblog readers know, in December an anonymous donor gave YALSA a challenge. If the association was able to raise $500 for the Books for Teens project, the donor would give a matching $500 to the project. The good news is that because of the generosity of those who support and understand the importance of teen reading, the challenge was met and even exceeded.

Donations to Books for Teens in December were $800. YALSA uses Causes on Facebook for donations via that social media platform, and that vendor charges a small processing fee for donations via their service. In December they charged YALSA $20. Therefore $780 was raised by donations, after the service charge, and add another $500 from the donor making the challenge for a grand total of $1280.

That is an impressive monthly total and will make it possible to get many more books into the hands of needy teens.

Thank you to all of the donors! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Linda W. Braun, Chair YALSA Financial Advancement Committee