Symposium Early Bird Extended! YALSA has extended early bird registration for the YA Lit Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico through Sept. 17! If you register in the next two weeks, you’ll enjoy our lowest rates. Join us Nov. 5-7 to network with your fellow librarians and educators, meet 30+ YA authors, and earn 12 contact hours. Learn more about the symposium and register at

Bundled Registration Now Open Planning to attend both ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2011? Take advantage of bundled pricing and save. YALSA members pay just $300 for both conferences if they register at by Sept. 30.

Teen Read Week Registration Teen Read Week registration ends in less than a month! Register by Sept. 20 to be entered into a drawing for free books from Carolrhoda Lab, Cinco Puntos, and Viz Media. Plus you’ll help show YALSA that initiatives like Teen Read Week or worth supporting. Learn more and register at

YALSA’s Reluctant Reader Webinar Looking for guidance to reach out to reluctant readers in your library? Sign up for YALSA’s Sept. 9 webinar, Ready, Set, Go: 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes, presented by Jen Hubert Swan. The webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern and costs $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. Group registration costs $195. Learn more and register at

After the jump, we have news on the Teens’ Top Ten, Selection Committee Volunteer Forms, online course registration, the I Love My Librarian Award, the YALSA Dessert Cookbook we’re auctioning off at Midwinter, and a link to American Libraries’ interview with Rob Reiner, director of Flipped!

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Where has this month gone? In Texas it is tough to see the passing of September since the thermometer still runs in the 90s during the day. But my calendar does say that Monday is the end of the month. It is also the end of the special bundled registration being offered for midwinter and annual 2008. Go to: to see the terrific bargain that awaits you. And hotel registration opens next week. To get into your top choice, plan to register ASAP.

See you in Philly and Anaheim.

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With apologies to David Letterman, here are the top ten reasons why YOU shoud register for TRW:

10. So you know that TRW stands for TEEN READ WEEK and not something, well, less motivating for your teens…

9. Because the theme will give you all something to smile about in this campaign season. LOL @ YOUR LIBRARY is the 2007 theme.

8. Because you might win an author visit (see details at the web site)…

7. So that you get a free book courtesy of Scholastic

6. and if you hurry you can get a free audio version of a Printz or ALEX winner, too

5. and a chance at other giveaways (details at the web site).

4. So that you can offer some new programs for your teens…

3. not to mention the free screensaver featuring Wrestlemania

2. and the wiki and the free publicity. But most of all because…

1. YALSA makes it easy. Just visit the web site:

Posted by Teri Lesesne