News and More from the YALSA Office

YALSA Announces Four Online Courses: YALSA will offer four online courses this fall; two are four-week courses and two are six week courses. Courses include:

  • Booktalks Quick and Simple with Nancy Keane (October 1-31)
  • New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens with Linda Braun
    (October 1-November 9)
  • Reaching Teens with Gaming with Beth Gallaway (October 1-31)

  • YALSA Competencies Live! with Amy Alessio (October 1-November 9)

For course descriptions, pricing, and more information, visit YALSA’s Online Courses page. Registration opens August 27 and closes September 1. Email Nichole Gilbert, YALSA Program Officer, at with any questions.

Win a Visit from Author Tiffany Trent! Do you have something cool and unique planned to celebrate Teen Read Week? Tell us about it and you could win a visit from Tiffany Trent, author of “From the Serpent’s Coils,” the first book in the Hallowmere series, courtesy Mirrorstone Books, an imprint of Wizards of the Coast and the 2007 Teen Read Week Corporate Sponsor. The library with the Teen Read Week celebration that best exemplifies the theme of “reading for the fun of it” will win a visit from Trent in March 2008. For contest details, an application, and more information, visit the Teen Read Week Web site. Entries must be completed after September 1, 2007 but before November 30, 2007.

Speaking of Teen Read Week… Make sure to join thousands of other members and teen literacy supporters by registering for Teen Read Week today! Tell us what you have planned on the Teen Read Week Wiki, check out programming ideas, learn about our products (order by September 28 to receive materials in time for Teen Read Week), and get the details on the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and the Teens’ Top Ten. Teen Read Week 2007 is October 14-20, with the them of “LOL @ your library,” encouraging teens to read something light or humorous, just for the fun of it.

Where Do You Read Your YALS? Tell Us! YALSA continues to seek submissions to the Fall 2007 YALS Photo Contest. Show us all the fun places where you read your issues of YALS, and we’ll include them in the Fall 2007 issue! Send hi-res photos of you with your journal to Questions? Contact YALS editor Valerie Ott at or YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn at Submissions are due to by August 27.

Emerging Leaders Applications Due Tomorrow: Want to be YALSA’s 2008 Emerging Leader? Applications, including a resume and a letter of recommendation, are due tomorrow to Beth Yoke, Details, including requirements and the application, are available on our Emerging Leaders page.

Every Tuesday, check back to the YALSA Blog for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

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