Each year on the Thursday of National Library Week, YALSA celebrates Support Teen Literature Day, a day to hightlight the teen literature at your library and encourage teens and everyone else to check it out.

In honor of Support Teen Literature Day, YALSA launched the Teen Read Week website, with resources, activity ideas, publicity tools and more, all related to this year’s theme, Picture It @ your library! Visit the site and learn more about this year’s theme, which encourages read graphic novels and’ other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through’ literature,’ just’ for the fun of it. Visit the site and register, and you could receive a free copy of The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds, the artist who created the Picture It artwork. We’re also accepting applications for 10, $1,000 Teen Read Week Mini Grants, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Visit www.ala.org/teenread to learn more and get ready to Picture It @ your library, Oct. 16-22!

Also, YALSA today announced the official 25 nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten! Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. You can see this year’s nominees at www.ala.org/teenstopten, and check out this Teens’ Top Ten post from The Hub, YALSA’s YA lit blog, about this year’s nominees. Happy reading!

Finally, we’d like to salute our friends at Figment.com and Readergirlz for their efforts on Support Teen Literature Day as they Rock the Drop 2011. They’ve encouraged teen lit authors, librarians, and fans to leave a favorite YA book out in a public place to raise awareness and get people reading. Find out more at Readergirlz Rock the Drop website. If you’re on Twitter and plan to participate, tell us what you did and use the tag #rockthedrop.

What else are you doing for Support Teen Literature Day?

YALSA will again work with the Readergirlz and Guys Lit Wire in 2010 for another iteration of Operation Teen Book Drop! Operation TBD will take place on Support Teen Literature Day, April 15, 2010. Over the past two years, Operation TBD has put 20,000 books for teens into pediatric hospitals in the United States and Canada. This year, Operation TBD will coordinate donations to tribal libraries and schools by joining forces with If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything: A National Book Club for Native American Children, a project directed by former ALA president Loriene Roy.

Check out this video made by Readergirlz in honor of this year’s event to see how you can get involved! Want to learn more or see what schools and libraries are involved? Check out the Operation TBD website or contact us at yalsa@ala.org.

Spring is here, and so are a wealth of great events and opportunities available through YALSA!

Diversity Stipend for Conference! YALSA is offering TWO $1,000 stipends to attend ALA Annual in Anaheim, June 26-July 2. Applications are due March 31. Interested? Visit the YALSA Supporting Diversity Conference Stipend Web page for an application form and more details.

New! Stipends Available for YA Lit Symposium! Want to come to the YA Lit Symposium in Nashville this November, but you’re strapped for cash? Apply for one of TWO $1,000 stipends from YALSA to attend. One stipend will fund a library worker with 1-10 years experience working directly with teens in a professional library setting; the other will send a library student in an ALA-accredited MLS program with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting. Applications are due May 1. Learn more at the YA Lit Symposium Web site!

Operation TBD for Support Teen Lit Day! Support Teen Lit Day is right around the corner on April 17. Working with the readergirlz, twenty publishers have donated 10,000 books that YALSA will distribute to 12 children’s hospitals nationwide and in Canada so recuperating teens will have something great to read during their hospital stay. Library workers are encouraged to take part in their own communities—find tips and more at the Support Teen Literature Day wiki page.

Check back to the YALSA blog each week for a rundown of news and events from the YALSA Office. Comments? Questions? Contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn at skuenn@ala.org.