News and More from the YALSA Office

Register for Teen Read Week! Time is running out! Join thousands of other members and teen literacy supporters by registering for Teen Read Week—registration ends September 17. All YALSA members who register will receive a free paperback courtesy Scholastic, a Teen Read Week Promotional Partner. Teen Read Week 2007 is October 14-20, with the theme of “LOL @ your library,” encouraging teens to read something light or humorous, just for the fun of it.

Share Your Knowledge with YALSA in 2008 YALSA is now accepting proposals for a technology poster session at Annual 2008 and the first-ever Young Adult Literature Symposium in November 2008:

  • Teens and Technology Call for Poster Session: YALSA, in conjunction with the Technology for Young Adults Committee, invites interested parties to present at YALSA’s first-ever Teens & Technology Poster Session at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, June 26–July 2, 2008.
  • Young Adult Literature Symposium: Calls for Program Proposals and Papers are now being accepted. The Young Adult Literature Symposium will take place November 7-9, 2008, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proposals are due to the YALSA office by October 1, 2007. Contact Nichole Gilbert at with any questions.

Registration Open for Fall E-Courses Registration is in full swing for YALSA’s four fall courses: Booktalks Quick and Simple, New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens, Reaching Teens with Gaming, and YALSA Competencies Live. Registration ends September 17.

Join Our Two Newest Discussion Lists YALSA now offers two more discussion lists: teachyal, for those who teach young adult literature, or yalsa-lockdown, for those who serve incarcerated teens. To learn more, visit YALSA’s Electronic Discussion Lists page.

Best Books for Young Adults, 3rd Edition, Now Available The freshly updated, uber-useful third edition of Best Books for Young Adults is now available from ALA Editions! Edited by Holly Koelling, Best Books for Young Adults is an invaluable, comprehensive resource for those in public and school libraries who serve teens, as well as an excellent tool for readers’ advisory and collection development. Best Books for Young Adults includes annotated lists of the best young adult books extending back to 1966, indexed by author and title and 27 themed and annotated lists in easily reproducible formats.

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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