Have you always wanted to go to San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) but could never pull it off? Is ALA Midwinter the closest you are going to get to living that Comic-Con dream? If so, you can actually get pretty close to giving yourself the SDCC experience by taking back to your hotel room, and eventually home and maybe to your home library, SDCC in a Bag (Donated by YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels Committee). The bag will be filled with a lot of great graphic novel items. Including:

January 7 is fast approaching and YALSA’s Not-So-Silent Auction will get your Midwinter experience off to an exciting start. Taking place on Friday from 8 – 10 pm in Convention Center room 7, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items such as a signed copy of science fiction author Cory Doctorow’s latest collection of stories, With a Little Help.’  What’s so unique about this book is that it is only one of 250 that are being printed in hardcover.’  Each copy has an embossed number on the spine and is hand bound at Wyvern Bindery in London.’  In addition, the end papers are actually “original paper ephemera donated by various writer friends.” Read blogger Hal Stern’s reverential description of opening his copy—and wonder about the surprise in yours. Read More →

Authors Daniel Ehrenhaft and Jacqueline Woodson, along with SLJ blogger Diane Chen, all say that Selene Castrovilla is an author to “watch out for.” You and your teens will have that opportunity to “watch out for” Selene at YALSA’s Not-So-Silent Auction on Friday night of Midwinter when her Skype visit will be auctioned.

For those of you who attended the YA Lit Symposium in Albuquerque this past November, you may have met Selene or received one of her rubber chicken keychains. Her young adult novels include Saved by the Music and The Girl Next Door, Read More →

On Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the San Diego Midwinter Meeting, you have the opportunity to bid on several food and drink related items. Including:

  • yalsatini in a glassDid you know that YALSA has an official drink? As of Midwinter 2011 the Association definitely does. It’s the YALSAtini and ingredients include Stoli Orange and white cranberry juice, but the full-list of ingredients won’t be unveiled until the Silent Auction when you’ll be able to taste YALSAtinis as well as bid on the YALSAtini Kit. The kit will include everything you need to make a YALSAtini including a shot glass, martini glasses, a gift certificate for the alcohol required, snacks to go along with the drink, and the YALSAtini recipe. Read More →

Everyone knows that some of the best cooks in the world are librarians. How would you like to make scrumptious cookies and amazing desserts ! You will have the opportunity to bid on a cookbook of dessert recipes from YALSA members. I sure hope cookbook organizer Amy Alessio includes her recipe for Double Peanut Butter Cookies. Mmm, Mmm, just imagine cakes , cookies , pies, oh my. Recipes for these delectables can be yours for the low cost of, whatever you bid at YALSA’s Not So Silent Auction on Friday January 7, 2011.

This wonderful recipe book is provide by Amy Alessio and other wonderful YALSA bakers. Check out Amy Alessio’s official website. Read More →

Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the Midwinter meeting in San Diego, YALSA’s Not So Silent Auction is the place to be. Along with great gift baskets and other goodies, a variety of Skype visits will be up for bid.

Do the teens you work with read American Born Chinese? Have they gotten their hands on The Eternal Smile? Do you want to give teens the chance to talk with a favorite graphic author about his books? If you answered yes to any of these then you will want to bid on the Skype visit with Gene Yang that’s a part of YALSA’s Not So Silent Auction.

Gene will talk with you and your teens on the topic of your choice. Read More →

Friday night, January 7, 2011 at the Midwinter meeting in San Diego, YALSA’s Not So Silent Auction is the place to be. Along with great gift baskets and other goodies, a variety of Skype visits will be up for bid.

David Patneaude has published ten books, his most recent being Epitaph Road, a post-apocalyptic thriller published this past March.’ David, who has been making “real” visits to schools for years, is donating a virtual school visit via Skype. ‘ He’s willing to consider almost any topic or format for the visit, so it will be up to the winning bidder (and David) to work out the specifics of the event prior to the date it happens.’  You’ll choose, but here are some possibilities:’  discussion and/or questions and answers about a specific title, his writing process, his writing life, research, future projects, or a less focused dialogue covering a range of subjects.

Tennessee school and public librarians should take note.’  David’s 2007 novel, A Piece of the Sky, is part of the 2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteer State Reading List.’  What a wonderful experience for students to interact with the author of a featured book during the year.

For more details on what’s up for bid at the auction, see the YALSA wiki at: tinyurl.com/26eccw3