Join Us in DC! It’s not too late to join YALSA in Washington, D.C. next week for ALA’s Annual Conference. If you register online at by Monday, June 21, you can still add tickets to YALSA’s special events, including our full-day preconference, It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with “Sensitive” Topics in Teen Services ($195 for YALSA members, students, and retirees; $235 for ALA members; $285 for nonmembers), featuring authors Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan and Ellen Hopkins, and YALSA’s half-day preconference on June 25, Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools ($99), featuring authors Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Malinda Lo, John Green, and David Levithan. From June 21 until 4 p.m. on June 23, you can reserve tickets to both preconferences or the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon ($59), featuring Jim Murphy, by contacting Nichole Gilbert at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387, or

Tickets for the Printz Program and Reception ($35) and the YA Authors Coffee Klatch ($25) will be available onsite; see a YALSA staff member at the door.

To find out more about all of YALSA’s programs and events at ALA Annual, visit the YALSA Annual Wiki.

Boost teen reading with YALSA’s online courses Registration is now open for YALSA’s summer online courses! In Beyond Booklists: Serving Diverse Today’s Diverse Teens, instructor Jennifer Velasquez will guide participants in serving today’s diverse generation, including ways to design, implement and evaluate more in-depth services and programs for today’s diverse teen population and recent teen immigrants. Participants will also gain skills in addressing issues such as language barriers, cultural differences, and institutional support. In Power Up with Print, instructor Jamie Watson will show participants how to boost the library’s circulation’ through the development of teen-centered programs,’ material evaluation and selection, booktalks and more, as well as discuss the latest trends in YA lit. Course registration now open at Courses cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers and will take place July 12 to August 9.

Want to win free books? Sign up for Teen Read Week & WrestleMania If you haven’t already, register for Teen Read Week and the WrestleMania Reading Challenge! In addition to showing YALSA that you support these programs — which encourage teens to read for fun — there are major benefits to doing so.

When you register for Teen Read Week, you’re automatically enrolled in a contest to win a collection of titles from Cinco Puntos, 25 manga titles from Viz Media, and a full set of the Fall 2010 launch list from Carolrhoda Lab. Register today!

When you register for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, you’ll get a resource pack that includes posters featuring WWE Divas and Superstars, prizes for your participants (including Topps trading cards, a Coldstone Creamery gift card, and a WWE Shop coupon), and a toolkit for putting on the Challenge. You’ll also get entered to win one of five sets of books from Penguin. And remember: your teens and tweens could win a trip to WrestleMania and the chance for ringside seats, and your library could win $2,000 and even more books. So register today!

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!

Though you will have many opportunities to see and hear from authors at the conference, there are a few teen-focused events elsewhere in DC that might warrant a little exploration.

Politics and Prose is one of American’s greatest independent bookstores, and if that isn’t enough to get you to take a field trip, Thursday before the conference they are hosting John Green and David Levithan. Green and Levithan are also at the conference, but this may be a good opportunity to watch them interact with their teen target audience. On Monday, Lynne Rae Perkins is appearing, and her new book is getting lots of buzz. Check out the complete calendar of events at Politics and Prose.

Right near the convention center is the Martin Luther King Library, and this year they will be the site of a reception for Capitol Choices. Capitol Choices is a group of librarians, teachers and booksellers from the Washington Metropolitan Region who discuss books for kids and teens and create a list of 100 books at year’s end. Come and enjoy refreshments, and chat with authors (including Jon Skovron, author of Struts and Frets) and many great advocates of children’s literature. The reception will be held on Sunday afternoon from 3-5.

There are several Association activities scheduled for Annual Conference that new and not so new members and member leaders should definitely take note of. Here are a few not to miss:

  • YALSA Happy Hour: What better way to start Conference then by meeting YALSA people at a Happy Hour? The Happy Hour is scheduled for Friday, June 25, from 5 to 7 PM at the Old Dominion Brew House, just a short walk from the Convention Center. For those new to YALSA this is a good way to get to meet members and member leaders. You can talk with YALSA’s incoming President Elect, Sarah Flowers, about how to get involved in the work of YALSA’s member groups, network, and relax with a welcoming and friendly group of people.
  • Membership Meeting: Monday, June 28, at 1:30 PM at the Washington Convention Center Room 140 A/B is the time and place for YALSA’s annual Membership Meeting. This meeting is an excellent time for current members of YALSA, and those interested in getting involved in the Association, to learn more. Read More →

Just under two weeks and I’ll be in D. C. for ALA Annual. I know I feel this way before every Annual, but I have to say it, “OMG, Annual is only two weeks away, how can it be so soon?”

That said, I’ve got a lot on my schedule for Annual Conference and as YALSA President there are a few things I want to make sure to highlight related to the meetings of the YALSA Board.

The agenda and supporting documents for YALSA’s Board meetings is now available on the YALSA website in the Governance section. When you take a look at the documents you’ll see that the Board is ready to have some interesting and important discussions related to the Association, projects in the works, and projects in planning and early implementation phases. Read More →

For annual conference night owls, Washington DC is the home of some of the country’s great live music venues.’  And the lineups for the last weekend of June are spectacular by any standards.

Most famously, the 9:30 Club, accessible via the Green or Yellow Metro lines, has a great lineup. On Thursday night, soul singer Bettye Lavette plays starting at 8 p.m. Friday, I’ll probably be checking out Tinariwen, a band from the Saharan region of Mali, who despite being together for over 30 years, are now enjoying overnight sensation status thanks to fans ranging from Henry Rollins to Thom Yorke, and some great music. Finally, us old timers can see the latest incarnation of Courtney Love’s Hole. Sorry, Monday’s Adam Lambert show is sold out.

Personally, I also love to dance, but don’t always love the velvet rope drama of a nightclub. A new arrival on the DC Scene is U Street Music Hall It feels like a rock club, but it’s bringing some of the best soulful house music and widest known djs around. ALA weekend features Om Records Marques Wyatt.

Stay tuned for more music choices for you late night partiers.

When visiting the Washington D.C. area this June for ALA’s Annual Conference, fans of this country’s Colonial history, or fans of forensic science will want to book time for a trip to the Smithsonian: National Museum of Natural History to see Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake. The exhibit runs through February 6, 2011, but why wait?

Forensic Anthropologist, Doug Owsley, provides an excellent online introduction to the exhibit and mentions two of the not-to-be missed “bone biographies” featured. He also mentions the forensic anthropology lab, which is open for self-guided, hands-on exploration and is also available for more traditional class-oriented school programs. Check into the details for the lab on the website, especially if you are bringing a group.

Whether you are a Maryland/Virginia history buff, a Forensic Files fanatic or a fan of Sally M. Walker’s award-winning companion volume, Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (Carolrhoda Books, 2009), this exhibit has something to capture your attention.

National Museum of Natural History Hours:
Monday to Friday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Weekends 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Annual is only two weeks away, and I am sure everyone is figuring out where you have to be and when. ‘ Is your schedule packed, but you still want to get out and explore Washington D.C.? ‘ Here are some “after-hours” options for you to consider!

Most of the monuments and memorials are open 24 hours a day (although they are not staffed with park employees around the clock).’  Some are actually much more stunning when lit up in the darkness. ‘ The National Mall is patrolled all hours, so it is a relatively safe area to visit, although you should always be cautious. ‘ Visiting at night also allows you to avoid the tourists and the D.C. heat and humidity.’  “Solemn Dignity” by Jonathan Berohn can give you an idea of what is worth seeing. ‘ Additionally, the Jefferson Memorial is pretty at night, and the Washington Monument will be open until 10 pm for the summer.

Some of the museums offer evening options. ‘ The National Gallery Sculpture Garden has a special “Jazz in the Park” program every Friday evening. ‘ Some Smithsonian museums have later summer hours (this includes the zoo). ‘ The International Spy Museum is open until 7 pm. ‘ The Phillips Collection is open until 8 pm on Thursdays.

If you are interested in venturing outside of the city, two cities in Virginia can be fun. ‘ Arlington has a lot of nightlife options that cater to the young professional crowd; Yelp lists some under Restaurants and Nightlife. ‘ Old Towne Alexandria offers a lot of history, great restaurants, and fun places to shop. ‘ The Torpedo Factory is a great place for various types of art.

Looking for nightlife in D.C.?’  Adams Morgan and Georgetown are two very popular places within D.C. city limits.’  If you want to stick closer to the Convention Center, Yelp can be a resource to browse for restaurants and other nightlife near by.

If you have any other suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments!

Coming to Annual? Tickets available for YALSA’s Special Events! Tickets are still available for YALSA’s special events at ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 25-29! You can still sign up for YALSA’s full-day preconference on June 25, It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with “Sensitive” Topics in Teen Services, featuring authors Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan and Ellen Hopkins, and YALSA’s half-day preconference on June 25, Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools, featuring authors Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Malinda Lo, John Green, and David Levithan. You can also sign up for the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon on June 26, honoring author Jim Murphy; the YA Author Coffee Klatch on June 27, featuring authors from YALSA’s awards and selected booklists; or the Michael L. Printz Award Reception on June 28, honoring winner Libba Bray and honor book authors Deborah Heiligman, Rick Yancey, Adam Rapp, and John Barnes.

Details on these, and all of YALSA’s plans, are available at the YALSA Annual Wiki.

If you are planning to attend ALA Annual Conference, you can add any of our events to your registration at

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you have added.

To register only for either of the pre-Annual workshops, please fill out the form at (skip Section I) and either mail or fax it to 800-521-6017 or mail it to: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters, 568 Atrium Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

After the jump, learn more about YALSA’s summer webinars, Teen Read Week, the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, YALSA’s summer online courses, and registration for the YA Literature Symposium.

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Risky Business

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The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association is to advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population.

Mission Moment
How Recent YALSA Activities Support the Association’s Mission and Strategic Plan
Advocacy is the first goal listed in YALSA’s strategic plan and in May several activities of the Association supported this goal.

  • Five YALSA members were selected to receive a stipend in order to make it possible for them to attend Library Advocacy Day on June 29 in Washington, DC. Thanks go to the Task Force (chaired by Chris Shoemaker) that reviewed applications and selected to whom the stipends would be awarded.
  • YALSA held a webinar on advocacy which was facilitated by Karen Keyes. Association members can access the webinar on YALSA’s Members Only website.
  • A packet of information was sent to faculty at library schools to highlight the importance of YA services in libraries, encourage expanded teen service oriented curriculum, and inform them of the resources and support YALSA can provide.

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