Blog Manager Needed! YALSA is looking for a member to become manager of the YALSA Blog. The Member Manager will be responsible for the content and look of the blog, and will work closely to recruit and oversee designated bloggers. Check out the job requirements, and be sure to apply to Beth Yoke, YALSA Executive Director, by Dec. 31.

$$ for Teen Tech Week Through funding from Verizon Communications, YALSA is granting up to 20 mini grants worth $500 each for innovative Teen Tech Week celebrations.’  Read the rules and apply using this form by Jan. 19, 2009. Winners will be notified the week of Feb. 9.

Winter Online Courses Start the new year with continuing education from YALSA! We’re offering three online courses starting in February: Booktalks Quick and Simple, taught by Nancy Keane; Boys and Books, taught by Jenine Lillian; and Power Programming for Teens, taught by Amy Alessio. See course descriptions and register on the YALSA online courses web page.

See more YALSA News — including Midwinter news and early details on our member drive — after the jump!

Flip for New Members Beginning Jan. 23, YALSA is having a membership drive! We’re asking all current members to recruit a new member – and you’ll both be entered in a drawing to win a Flip Ultra camcorder. Increase your chances to win each time you recruit a new YALSA member. Details will be launched on the YALSA website in January so stay tuned!

Find Out Our Award Winners in Real Time Midwinter is coming up fast, and that means the annual Youth Media Awards will be announced soon! The awards announcement is at 7:45 MST in the Colorado Convention Center’s Four Seasons Ballroom. If you’re coming to Midwinter, join us bright and early to see the winners of the Alex Awards, as well as the Edwards, Morris, Odyssey and Printz awards. ALA will again offer a live webcast of the announcements online (use this link on the day of the announcements) and follow the awards in real time via Twitter. The webcast will be rebroadcast on Second Life on the ALA Island Main Stage.

It’s a Midwinter Myracle! Young adult author Lauren Myracle, whose book ttyl was one of the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2007, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Freedom to Read Foundation author event on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 in Denver, Colo. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and Myracle’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by a book signing. The event will take place at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street in Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo). It is co-sponsored byFriends of the Denver Public Library and the Tattered Cover Book Store. Proceeds will benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation.

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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