Advanced registration ends tomorrow for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Jan. 23-28! Details on all of YALSA’s plans available on the YALSA wiki.

Adding Special Events after Registration: f you have already registered and would like to add an institute or special event, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration.; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Midwinter registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

Learn more about YALSA’s Midwinter highlights after the jump

Serve Diverse Teens with YALSA’s Midwinter Institute YALSA will hold an institute on Friday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., called Reaching Today’s Diverse Teens. The current generation of teens numbers 30 million — and they’re likely the most ethnically diverse generation in U.S. history. Presentations will discuss identifying all teens in your community, serving immigrant teens, and collaborating with youth-serving organziations in your area. Presenters include Jennifer Velasquez, teen services coordinator at San Antonio Public Library, and Yolonda Cuesta, consultant for Cuesta Multicultural Consulting. Tickets $210 for YALSA members, students and retirees; $250 for ALA members; $300 for nonmembers.

YALSA Happy Hour – Join your colleagues from 5-7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 23 for the annual YALSA Happy Hour! We’ll be in the back room at Denver’s Cap City Tavern, where you can mingle with your fellow YALSA members, win fun YALSA prizes and enjoy drink & appetizer specials.

YALSA Mixer and Tech Playground:’  How do you integrate the latest technologies’  (text’  messaging,’  social’  networking,’  multimedia) with traditional library work (booktalking, readers’ advisory, marketing programs to teens)? Find out at the YALSA Mixer & Tech Playground, Fri., Jan. 23, 8-10 p.m. YALSA’s tech concierges’  will’  show’  you’  how to use microblogs, social networking, videogames, virtual reference, and more to connect teens and the library across a variety of platforms. Attendees can also vote for America’s Next Top’  Booktalker,’  learn how to make ringtones, find out how to conduct reference work via text and much more. (See a complete list of activities on the YALSA Midwinter Wiki.) Refreshments are included. Tickets cost $40.

Get Involved at All Committee YALSA’s process commitees, juries, and task forces meet and work together at the All Committee meeting. If you’re not on a committee, jury or task force, but you’re interested, come to this meeting on Sat., Jan. 24, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and sit in with the committee that interests you. Ask questions and learn about how to get involved.

Blogger Meetup Are you a fan of the YALSA blog? We are always looking for people to contribute. Come to the YALSA Blogger Meetup, Sun., Jan. 25, 8 – 10 a.m., meet other YALSA bloggers and talk about how to make our blog even better.

YALSA Candidates Forum YALSA elections start in March! Learn more about the candidates running for president-elect, councillor, YALSA board, Edwards, Printz, and Nonfiction positions at this Q&A session on Sun., Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Discussion & Interest Group Open House YALSA sponsors several discussion and interest groups on topics as diverse as teaching YA lit, anime and anything in between. They’re having an open house at ALA Midwinter, Sun., Jan. 25, 4-5:30 p.m. — stop by and learn how you can join in on the fun.

Youth Media Awards Find out who’s tops in the world of YA Literature the annual YMAs! Come to the Four Seasons Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center on Mon., Jan. 26 7:45 – 9:15 a.m. Find out who won this year’s Alex, Edwards, Odyssey, and Printz awards — and find out who the inaugural winner of the Morris Award will be!

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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