Be an Emerging Leader! YALSA will again sponsor two Emerging Leaders as part of ALA’s annual program.’ The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Applications are due July 31. Learn more at the Emerging Leaders wiki.

Talk to Us About Risks YALSA will launch a monthly e-chat program on August 5, beginning with a chat in YALSA’s ALA Connect space on taking smart risks with teen services. President Linda Braun and members of her task force will host the chat.’ Join us in’ YALSA’s space in ALA Connect on August 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Mark your calendars for the September 2 e-chat on Teen Read Week.

WrestleMania Registration Ends Next Friday YALSA and WWE’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge gives teens and tweens at your library the chance to win prizes, including a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix next March — and your library could win $2,000! But you have to sign up to be eligible and WrestleMania registration ends July 31. Sign up for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge when you register for Teen Read Week.

After the jump, find out more about YALSA’s fall online courses and how you can be part of the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium.

Online course registration open! Register today for one of YALSA’s fall online courses. This fall, we’re offering three courses (including two brand-new classes!): AIMing at Tweens: Advising, Involving, Motivating (taught by Teri Lesesne); Graphic Novels and Teen Readers: The Basics and Beyond (taught by Francisca Goldsmith) and Reaching Teens with Gaming (taught by Beth Gallaway). Read descriptions and register at’ YALSA’s Online Courses page.

Propose a symposium program or apply for a symposium stipend YALSA is currently accepting proposals for full or half-day preconferences at the symposium, programs at the symposium, or paper presentations at the symposium. Applications, as well as guidelines, can all be downloaded at the’ symposium website. Proposals are due to the YALSA office by Oct. 1, 2009 and applicants will be notified of status by Jan. 15, 2010. In addition, YALSA will again provide two stipends to members to attend the symposium: one for a student who will be enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program as of Nov. 5, 2010 and one for a library worker who has worked directly with teens for 1-10 years. Each will receive up to $1,000 to attend the symposium. Applications are available at thesymposium website and are due to the YALSA office by Jan. 4, 2010.’  The 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium will take place Nov. 5-7, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is funded in part by the William C. Morris Foundation.

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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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