Five Weeks ’til Philly!
Midwinter is a mere five weeks away! YALSA has big plans for Midwinter, and you should make sure not to miss out on them.

YALSA in the Exhibits! YALSA will host a booth in the exhibits area. Stop by to pick up cool Teen Tech Week swag, learn more about Teen Tech Week resources, and win a gift basket of TTW products from ALA Graphics and YALSA. We’ll be in Booth #435!

And as you make your schedule, remember to save time for the following YALSA events:

  • Pre-Midwinter Institute: Taking Teen Services to the Next Level. To kick off YALSA’s 3-year advocacy campaign, YALSA is offering this full day institute on January 11 at a special price! This institute will give you the tools you need to advocate for the teens in your community. Registration is open and just $100 for YALSA members, students and retirees—and it includes lunch! Come on! Learn more at YALSA’s Midwinter Meeting page.
  • YALSA Happy Hour. Join YALSA from 5-7 pm on Friday at McGillin’s Olde Ale House to catch up and network with your fellow members. Find out more about Happy Hour at the YALSA Wiki’s Midwinter Meeting page. (The YALSA Student Interest Group will hold its meeting at McGillin’s concurrently.)
  • The Gaming Extravaganza! You don’t want to miss the third annual Gaming Night! This event kicks off our Teen Tech Week celebration and gives you a chance to sample the latest and greatest in tabletop, role-playing and video games. Make sure to sign up; space is limited (and it costs just $40). We’ll also be picking our avatar contest winner—you could win $100 worth of books and materials for your library. Learn more at YALSA’s Midwinter web page.

Teen Tech Week Mini Grants!
YALSA is giving out twenty mini grants for unique, fun Teen Tech Week services, resources, and programming, courtesy TTW 2008 Corporate Sponsor Dungeons & Dragons. Tell us why you deserve a mini grant for your Teen Tech Week celebration, and you could win $450 in cash plus $50 worth of TTW products from ALA Graphics. See the official rules and download the application at the Teen Tech Week Web site! (And don’t forget to register while you’re there.)

Check back to the YALSA Blog every Thursday 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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