Have you heard? April 12 is YALSA’s first Booze for Books event.

What? What’s Booze for Books?
It’s a fundraising event in support of Books for Teens which focuses on raising money to get books into the hands of needy young adults.

How do you get involved?
The idea is that people around the country, and maybe around the world, will sponsor a Booze for Books fundraising event on April 12. Events can come in all shapes and sizes. You might have a book discussion group that night and ask those who attend to donate an amount of their choice to Books for Teens. Read More →

As YALSAblog readers know, in December an anonymous donor gave YALSA a challenge. If the association was able to raise $500 for the Books for Teens project, the donor would give a matching $500 to the project. The good news is that because of the generosity of those who support and understand the importance of teen reading, the challenge was met and even exceeded.

Donations to Books for Teens in December were $800. YALSA uses Causes on Facebook for donations via that social media platform, and that vendor charges a small processing fee for donations via their service. In December they charged YALSA $20. Therefore $780 was raised by donations, after the service charge, and add another $500 from the donor making the challenge for a grand total of $1280.

That is an impressive monthly total and will make it possible to get many more books into the hands of needy teens.

Thank you to all of the donors! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Linda W. Braun, Chair YALSA Financial Advancement Committee

The idea started last year in an eleventh grade classroom with a teacher joking that there should be a school version of the television show Dancing with the Stars. Some members of the class took the idea and ran with it. This fall, the seniors presented Dancing With the Staff.

The basics: teachers were put into dancing pairs. The first week they danced ballroom. Three of the ten couples were eliminated, and the seven remaining danced freestyle the following week. Three teachers served as judges, serving up snarky commentary much like the judges on the show. Charging $5 a head, the senior class earned $3900.

While it was a financially successful fundraiser, there were a number of other benefits as well.
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A couple of weeks ago the One Laptop Per Child Project announced that it was going to give people the chance to purchase (for $399) two of their laptops – one for themselves and one for a child in a developing nation. This was big news because previously these laptops were only going to be available by developing nations in order to make sure children without access to technology gained that access.

These laptops are actually pretty cool. They are hi-tech in an entirely different way than teens with whom you work might be used to. For example, technology behind the computers makes it possible to quickly and easily setup a network between anyone using one of the computers (a mesh network) so that several people, working on entirely different computers, can work on music, documents, etc. together.

The computers are fairly indestructible with a keyboard that can be spilled on and a hard case with a handle for carrying. It’s not necessarily the computer that a teen would want to have as a daily tool for homework and social networking, but it might be just right for using with younger children to teach them computer basics.

Many teens like having a cause for which they can work. Would the teens in your community be interested in setting up a fundraiser to buy at least a pair of these computers? The teens might then hold a raffle in order to give-away the computer that comes to their community. Or, they might make the laptop a computer to use for programs they implement with younger children.

There’s only a couple of weeks until the laptops are made available to the public. (And they will only be available for two weeks.) But, if your teens can move fast to start their fundraising efforts, this might be a perfect project for them to sink their compassionate and empathetic teeth into.

You and your teens can see a video of the laptop produced by David Pogue of The New York Times.