Happy Support Teen Literature Day!

Each year on the Thursday of National Library Week, YALSA celebrates Support Teen Literature Day, a day to hightlight the teen literature at your library and encourage teens and everyone else to check it out.

In honor of Support Teen Literature Day, YALSA launched the Teen Read Week website, with resources, activity ideas, publicity tools and more, all related to this year’s theme, Picture It @ your library! Visit the site and learn more about this year’s theme, which encourages read graphic novels and’ other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through’ literature,’ just’ for the fun of it. Visit the site and register, and you could receive a free copy of The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds, the artist who created the Picture It artwork. We’re also accepting applications for 10, $1,000 Teen Read Week Mini Grants, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Visit www.ala.org/teenread to learn more and get ready to Picture It @ your library, Oct. 16-22!

Also, YALSA today announced the official 25 nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten! Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. You can see this year’s nominees at www.ala.org/teenstopten, and check out this Teens’ Top Ten post from The Hub, YALSA’s YA lit blog, about this year’s nominees. Happy reading!

Finally, we’d like to salute our friends at Figment.com and Readergirlz for their efforts on Support Teen Literature Day as they Rock the Drop 2011. They’ve encouraged teen lit authors, librarians, and fans to leave a favorite YA book out in a public place to raise awareness and get people reading. Find out more at Readergirlz Rock the Drop website. If you’re on Twitter and plan to participate, tell us what you did and use the tag #rockthedrop.

What else are you doing for Support Teen Literature Day?

Preconference: Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools

What a line up for the preconference event on Friday, June 25 from 12:30-4:30p! Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools will feature the following speakers and topics:

Eliza Dresang , author of Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age will talk about evolving literacies and teen readers

Authors John Green and David Levithan will talk about the future of reading and writing young adult literature

Kristen Purcell with Pew Internet & American Life will give an overview of teen online behavior

Authors Malinda Lo (Ash, 2009), Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures, 2010), and Melissa Walker with readergirlz will give a panel presentation on putting teen reading and web 2.0 tools into practice

This is a ticketed event for $99. This is a great opportunity to learn how to connect with teens beyond the collection in your library!