Start your new year with new knowledge from YALSA. This month, we’re pleased to announce the winter session of our online courses as well as a face-to-face institute in Kingston, Pennsylvania in March. Both the online courses and the institute are cost-effective continuing education opportunities that offer important insights and lessons in teen services. Details, including the cost and how to register, are after the jump!

The winter session of YALSA’s online courses begins Feb 9 and features three classes: Booktalks Quick and Simple (taught by Nancy Keane); Boys and Books: Encouraging Early Teen and Tween Boys to Read (taught by Jenine Lillian); and Power Programming for Teens (taught by Amy Alessio).

All of the winter classes last four weeks and cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers. Registration ends Feb. 2. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387. Group discounts are available, and all of YALSA’s e-courses are available for licensing.

On March 2, come to the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa. for our Teens and Technology Institute! The full-day program, led by Linda Braun (YALSA President-Elect, Blog Manager, educational consultant, and instructor at Simmons GSLIS), will explore how teen literacies such as reading, writing, and communicating are expanding and changing via technologies like chat, IM, blogs, text messaging, wikis and more. The institute, which includes breakfast and lunch, costs $85 if you register by Feb. 1 and $95 after Feb. 1. All registrations must be received by Feb. 15. Learn more, including how to register, at the Wyoming Seminary Institute webpage.

YALSA currently offers four institutes for licensing, supplying top-rate presenters, materials, and content. Each institute is appropriate for public library systems, state libraries, state library associations and school districts. Contact Beth Yoke at or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4391 to learn more about booking a YALSA institute.

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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