You lead a busy life, yet you are taking time to follow this YALSA blog. That demonstrates you share YALSA’s mission to expand and strengthen library services to teens everywhere. You are dedicated to providing the best library services for teens. You want to give teens the opportunity to access quality books. You also support your colleagues in their efforts to do the same. Would you be reading this if you weren’t?

Because of your dedication you would like to extend your influence beyond your own community. You would like to bolster the entire teen library profession. You can do that right now, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or office!

Donate to Friends of YALSA today. Your contribution of any size supports initiatives and projects that benefit teens and the library professionals who serve them. Your generosity can help sponsor emerging leaders, fund attendance at National Library Advocacy Days, or put books in the hands of disadvantaged young people. Did you receive one of the awesome Teen Read Week resource kits in October? That was made possible by contributors just like you.
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Michael L. Printz Award Calendar CoverDo you have someone on your holiday gift list that loves YA books? Do you know someone that is a Michael L. Printz Award aficionado? If so, then the 2012 YALSA Michael L. Printz Award calendar is the perfect item to put on your holiday gift giving list. The calendar, available for $15 in the ALA Online Store, is filled with information about Printz authors and other YALSA award winners. Each month sports a high quality image of the cover of a Printz winning title.

All proceeds from calendar sales goes to the Friends of YALSA (FOY), whose mission is to ensure excellence in the Association’s traditional programs and services to library workers serving teens and to support growth in new 21st century directions. Over the past few years FOY has used funds to support Emerging Leaders and Spectrum Scholars as well as a number of projects that give YALSA members the opportunity to excel in service to teens. When you buy a calendar you will become a member of FOY and gain benefits of membership including a subscription to the FOY enews.

There are other ways you might want to give to YALSA during this holiday season. You can make a donation to FOY directly by going to the Become a Friend of YALSA page on the association website. Or, why not give a gift of YALSA membership to a colleague or library school student? You can learn more on the YALSA website membership information page.

Wishing you happy holidays.