Teen Tech Week Updates
Stephanie gave details about the Promotional Song contest earlier this week, but did you know there’s still time to win a Teen Tech Week Mini Grant for your library? Applications for the $450 mini grants (plus $50 in Teen Tech Week products) will be accepted at yalsa@ala.org until January 7—visit the Teen Tech Week contests page to download the guidelines and your application form. (And, of course, don’t forget to register while you’re there!)

We’ve also launched two new Tech Guides: one on using online surveys and another on teens and virtual worlds. Download all three tech guides today!

Midwinter: Three Weeks ’til Philly!
Midwinter will be here before you know it. We’ve still got spots open in our Midwinter Institute, Taking Teen Services to the Next Level, and tickets available for the third annual Gaming Extravaganza. Plus, we’ve got giveaways planned at the YALSA Happy Hour and our booth in the exhibits hall, #435. And, of course, we’ll be giving out our annual Youth Media Awards bright and early Monday morning! To learn more about all of YALSA’s amazing Midwinter plans (and download a schedule), visit YALSA’s Midwinter Meeting Wiki!

Can’t make it to Midwinter? We’ll be blogging, Twittering and podcasting Midwinter straight to you from Philly and you can log in to the Webcast of our awards. To find out how to attend Midwinter virtually, check out Linda’s post from earlier this week.

Online Course Registration Continues
Online course registration for our Winter session, beginning Feb. 4, is going strong. Check out our classes —Boys and Books: Encouraging Early Teen and Tween Boys to Read; Pain in the Brain: Adolescent Development and Library Behavior; Power Programming for Teens; and Tech Tools for Teen Leadership&mdash and sign up today!

Finally, Thank You
As 2007 draws to a close, I’d like to thank our members for all of their hard work this year. You made our 50th anniversary the best it could be, and all of us at the YALSA Office appreciate everything you do to make this such a dynamic organization. Have a happy and safe holiday season, and I’m looking forward to all of the great things we’ll accomplish in 2008.

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 skuenn@ala.org.

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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