Update to the Update: ALA has extended the deadline for Emerging Leader applications to Aug. 7.

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Registration Ends Tomorrow July 31 – yes, Friday – is your last chance to register for the 2009-2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Why should you register? A teen or tween at your library could win a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix and you could win $2,000 for your library! But don’t just take it from us; listen to perspectives from a winning librarian or read the reaction of teen winners on this blog.

Be a YALSA Emerging Leader YALSA will sponsor two Emerging Leaders for 2010. 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 Aug. 7. Learn more at the Emerging Leaders wiki.

After the jump, learn more about YALSA’s next round of online courses, find out how you can present at the 2010 YA Lit Symposium, and discover YALSA’s Grants & Awards – we’re giving away more than $35,000 in 2010.

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.

Apply for Member Grants & Awards from YALSA Did you know that each year, YALSA gives out more than $35,000 in grants and awards to its members? It’s true! Start planning your application now. Begin by visiting YALSA’s Member Grants and Awards webpage. Our grants include the Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grant, which provides two members with up to $1,000 to attend Annual Conference for the first time; the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, which offers two members who work in a public library funds for collection development for teens; the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award, which offers a $2,000 grant for a member who has performed extraordinary service to teens throughout his or her career; the MAE Award for Best Reading Program for Teens, which rewards an outstanding reading program; the Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant, which offers seed money for small-scale research projects; and the Great Books Giveaway, in which one or more needy libraries receive a year’s worth of review materials. Applications are due to the YALSA Office by December 1.

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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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