Happy Support Teen Literature Day! Did you rock the drop as part of Operation TBD? Be sure to check in at the readergirlz blog today for the post-op party at 6 p.m. today! Thanks to readergirlz and Guys Lit Wire for helping YALSA distribute 8,000 teen books to pediatric hospitals and a HUGE thank you to the 18 publishers that supported Operation TBD this year by donating books.

Teen Read Week Kicks Off Today Teen Read Week 2009 registration is officially open! Register online at www.ala.org/teenread — the first 100 registrants will receive a free graphic translation of Fahrenheit 451 from TRW Promotional Partner Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Check out the updated Teen Read Week website for tips on planning your event and publicizing Teen Read Week in your community. Teen Read Week is Oct. 18-24, 2009, with a theme of Read Beyond Reality @ your library, encouraging teens to read something out of this world for the fun of it.

After the jump, the Teens’ Top Ten (see Teri’s post too!), this week’s Road Trip information, info on tributes to Judith Krug, and the Great Ideas Contest.

Teens’ Top Ten Nominations Online! The Teens’ Top Ten Nominations are here! This is the only booklist voted on and decided entirely by teens. Download all 26 and encourage your teens to start reading them so they’re prepared for the national vote in October. There’s 25 weeks until the vote starts … and 25 books. You do the math

YALSA Road Trip! This week the Road Trip rolls into Oklahoma, where the Children and Teen’s Roundtable of the Oklahoma Library Association is hosting a fundraiser for the Festival of the Book with a Level Up: Gaming Night. If you’re at OLA, tell volunteer Adrienne Butler thank you!

Remembering Judith. ALA is posting tributes to Judith Krug, who passed away last week after battling stomach cancer. ALA welcomes you to share your condolences at rememberingjudith@ala.org; we will update the tribute page with these remembrances and sentiments in the coming days.

Have a Great Idea? Tell YALSA! Brainstorm creative ways to achieve goals in YALSA’s Strategic Plan (PDF), and you can win books and YALSA swag. Enter the Great Ideas contest! Download the guidelines and entry form (PDF) to learn more. Entries due by May 1.

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!

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.

2 Thoughts on “The YALSA Update: Support Teen Lit!

  1. Hilary Hertzoff on April 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm said:

    I just attempted to register for teen read week and got a notice that a record already existed for my name. Is this supposed to happen if I have registered for previous Teen Read/Teen Tech weeks?

  2. Hi Hilary:

    We use the same system for Teen Tech Week and the past few Teen Read Weeks. So if you’ve registered for one before, you’ll get that notice. You can either use your old information or ignore it — it’s really up to you.

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