Teen Read Week Is Almost Here! Teen Read Week starts on Sunday! Bookmark www.ala.org/teenread and have your teens begin voting for the 2009 theme (voting doesn’t open until Sunday)! The theme options are: Seek the Unknown @ your library’®, Read Beyond Reality @ your library or Unbelievable Reads @ your library.

Got a Cool Event for Teen Read Week? Tell Us! Visit YALSA’s Teen Read Week wiki and tell us what your Teen Read Week plans are! And after Teen Read Week, make sure to enter your event in the Best Teen Read Week Celebration Contest, from YALSA, AdLit.Org, Mirrorstone, 2008 TRW corporate sponsor.

Teens' Top TenAnd Don’t Forget the Teens’ Top Ten! Teens’ Top Ten voting starts Sunday as well! Encourage your teens to vote in the only booklist created entirely by and for teens! We’ve also developed a widget to add to your library blog or site to encourage teens to vote. Download the button to the left and link back to www.ala.org/teenstopten beginning Oct. 12.

Find out more news from the YALSA Office after the jump.

Calling Current and Former YALSA Chairs! We need to hear from you! YALSA’s Board of Directors is seeking information from current and past chairs in order to determine how best to enhance the information and training offered to incoming chairs. Please take our survey, which shouldn’t take more than 5 or 10 minutes. You are encouraged to take the survey by no later than Oct. 31st so that the Board can use feedback to make an informed decision on how best to support the important work that you, the chairs, do.

Contribute to Our Newest Book! Have a great teen programming idea that’s inexpensive? (Like, less than $100.) You could have it published in Cool Teen Programs on a Shoestring, edited by Jenine Lillian and to be published next year by Neal-Schuman. You can find the questionnaire for the form online at www.tinyurl.com/yalsashoestring and send it to coolteenprograms@gmail.com by Nov. 20. Those whose programs are chosen for publication will be notified by Jan. 16.

Midwinter Advanced Registration Open! Advanced registration is now available for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Jan. 23-28! Register for Midwinter by Dec. 5 and save over onsite registration prices. Housing is open as well. In addition, if you purchased 2009 bundled registration, you were not able to register for special events like YALSA’s Serving Today’s Diverse Teens Institute or the YALSA Mixer and Tech Playground on Jan. 23. If you’re interested in attending either the institute or the mixer, be sure to visit the Midwinter website and sign up today. Want to see what YALSA’s doing in Denver? Check out the YALSA wiki.

That’s it for this week’s update! To stay up to date on the latest from the YALSA Office, sign up to follow YALSA on Twitter or become a fan of YALSA on Facebook!

Questions? Contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn.

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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