Spring is here, and so are a wealth of great events and opportunities available through YALSA!

Diversity Stipend for Conference! YALSA is offering TWO $1,000 stipends to attend ALA Annual in Anaheim, June 26-July 2. Applications are due March 31. Interested? Visit the YALSA Supporting Diversity Conference Stipend Web page for an application form and more details.

New! Stipends Available for YA Lit Symposium! Want to come to the YA Lit Symposium in Nashville this November, but you’re strapped for cash? Apply for one of TWO $1,000 stipends from YALSA to attend. One stipend will fund a library worker with 1-10 years experience working directly with teens in a professional library setting; the other will send a library student in an ALA-accredited MLS program with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting. Applications are due May 1. Learn more at the YA Lit Symposium Web site!

Operation TBD for Support Teen Lit Day! Support Teen Lit Day is right around the corner on April 17. Working with the readergirlz, twenty publishers have donated 10,000 books that YALSA will distribute to 12 children’s hospitals nationwide and in Canada so recuperating teens will have something great to read during their hospital stay. Library workers are encouraged to take part in their own communities—find tips and more at the Support Teen Literature Day wiki page.

Check back to the YALSA blog each week for a rundown of news and events from the YALSA Office. Comments? Questions? Contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn 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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  1. We are having an awesome time launching Operation TBD with YALSA! I hope everyone joins in and donates/releases a book in their own community in Support of Teen Lit Day! Downloadable TBD bookplates will be available at http://www.readergirlz.com. Then feel free to stop in at the TBD Post Op Party, April 17th, 6-8 Pacific, at the readergirlz MySpace group forum (http://groups.myspace.com/readergirlz). Authors and girls from around the world who have dropped a book in their community will be partying it up together. Hope to see you there!

    Lorie Ann Grover, readergirlz diva/author

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