Join YALSA and WWE for the SummerSlam Reading Jam

Put a little muscle into your summer reading program by signing up for the SummerSlam Reading Jam, a pilot project from YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment. The first 500 libraries to sign up for the project will receive 25 mini-posters from WWE (each poster is numbered). Pass them out to any patrons between the ages of 10 and 18 who check out at least two books between June 24 and July 16. Two of your patrons could win a trip for two to WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event in L.A. this August, and your library could win $1,000 for materials for the teen and tween collection. Full details, including the official rules and how to register, are available on the YALSA website.

Summer at the Library

What is summer going to be like at your library? There have been several posts and discussions on the ya-yaac listserv recently about how to do “summer reading” for teens this year. Are you encouraging teens to read and log their hours, minutes, books? Are you planning fabulous programs and hoping that as teens attend these events, they will also check out books? Are you just going to focus on programming and not worry about the reading component? What is your plan?

If you are participating in the Collaborative Summer Library Program, the theme this year is Metamorphosis @ Your Library. This is a great theme that reflects how the teen years are years of massive change. Continue reading Summer at the Library

Honoring Net Reading Can Give Your Summer Reading Program a Boost

How often are teens criticized for not engaging in “proper reading”? According to a recent study by the UK’s National Year of Reading consortium, 45% of teen readers have been told off for their reading habits.

The researchers, through their “Read Up, Fed Up” report of British 11-14 year olds, also found the following:

  • There is an explosion of digital reading, with four out of ten top teen reads being online
  • Teens also love reading film scripts and song lyrics
  • Traditional literature is by no means lost, with Anne Frank’s Diary ranking just one place below Harry Potter nearly 60 years after it was written
  • A massive 80% of teens have actually written their own story, film, play or song

Continue reading Honoring Net Reading Can Give Your Summer Reading Program a Boost

Tell YALSA Your Favorite Teen Summer Read

YALSA’s 50th Anniversary Taskforce needs your help in compiling its “Librarians’ Choice: 100 Super Summer Reads for Teens” list. If you know of a great summer read, please add it to the list we’ve just started on the YALSA wiki. You can access and add to the list from the Summer Reading page on YALSA’s wiki.

After completing a school year of assignments and required reading, these titles are meant to offer some lighter leisure reading. Thanks for helping us celebrate 50 years of YALSA!
-Beth Yoke

YKN @ Your Library and Twitter

You might want to consider using a Twitter widget on your library site/MySpace page to give updates for what materials teens at your library/you are reading/watching/viewing. It can be updated as often as you want. Good tie in for YKN @ Your Library for summer reading. Surprise readers with hints to events too. Might even want to surprise readers as to what librarians really do (on the job XD). 140 characters.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

NBC deals blow to summer reading

So, it’s Friday afternoon and I am watching the NBC news and there is a snippet of a report about how summer reading is ruining the summers of teens across the country. I will admit that some of what I saw was horrific (tons of required reading plus worksheets). However, someone needs to let the reporters know that is not what summer reading is. How about a story on a terrific summer reading program that a YALSA member is running that gets kids out of the house and into the library?

Summer Reading -at the Jail

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

My ever-thinking colleague suggested we offer to sign up the young men (16-17 year olds) in the Freedom Reads! book club at Jail North in Charlotte, NC for the Teen Summer Reading program. Of course and why not! Since the program is online and the young men do not have internet access, we had to be a bit creative. They chose a username and password which the librarian at the jail will keep track of. They will record their hours on hard copy and turn it in when they reach their goals. Some even said they would read for thirty hours straight and right away. What do they read? So much! Astrology, Dead Sea Scrolls, James Patterson, teen dating violence prevention, and most recently titles from the Great Stories CLUB grant program.

Come see our display (among many others) at the Diversity Fair at the conference on Saturday, 3p-5p at the Convention Center in the Special Events Area behind aisle 3700.

A few other related programs:

All Committee meeting, Saturday, 10a-12p, Hilton Grand Ballroom. Visit the Outreach to Young Adults Special Needs Committee.

Behind Bars: Books & Teens and the Criminal Justice System, Saturday, 1:30p-3:30p, Convention Center, Room 288-289.