Teens can voice their choice for their favorite books by voting in YALSA’s annual Teens’ Top Ten poll! Voting is open now through Sept. 18. YALSA extended the voting period this year to four weeks, with more time for teens to fit voting into their busy schedules, particularly at the start of the school year. We’ll announce the winners in a webcast during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24.

How can you encourage teens to vote? There are plenty of ways. Read on to find out more…

Encourage teens to participate in the Teens’ Top Ten:

  • Start by reading the recommendations for promoting the Teens’ Top Ten at your library on the YALSA website.
  • Print out the 2009 nominee bookmarks (PDF) and distribute them at your library.
  • Take one computer in your library and make it a voting station. Download the Teens’ Top Ten widget (GIF) and add to your library’s blog or website to encourage teens to vote. Link back to www.ala.org/teenstopten now through Sept. 18
  • Bookmark the Teens’ Top Ten tag on this blog and encourage teens at your library to read the reviews, which were compiled by teens on the Allen County Public Library Teen Advisory Board.
  • Remind them that it’s the only booklist chosen entirely by teens — and that every vote counts.

How are you encouraging teens to participate? Tell us in the comments!

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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