The Teen Read Week Committee is happy to finally congratulateLibrarian Elizabeth Kahn of the Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy as the winner of the Teen Read Week Win a Visit With Tiffany Trent Contest! To read the full press release on the ALA website, click here.

Author Trent will be visiting the Academy of 285 students (grades 6-11) during Teen Tech Week on March 7th, just a week away. Trent is the creator and author of the popular Hallowmere book series for teens. The contest judged over 20 creative and inspiring entries of Teen Read Week programs from school and public libraries across the nation.

Kahn’s Teen Read Week efforts included a program entitled LOL @ PFTSTA and included daily email blasts to all students, joke contests and other contests with cool prizes. Kahn’s entry stressed the importance of “develop[ing] a school culture where students see the library as an exciting destination”. Students also received copies of books “Zipped” and “The Boyfriend List”.

Way to go, Librarian Kahn!

Teen Read Week 2008 will take place October 12-18. This year’s theme will be “Books With Bite”.

Two Weeks
So what happens in two weeks? A lot!

Advanced registration for Midwinter Ends! If you register for Midwinter by November 30, you’ll save up to $25 on your fees. (providing you’re an ALA member; nonmembers will save even more). You don’t want to miss all the stuff we have planned: the @ your library kickoff event, the Best Books for Young Adults Teen Input Session, and the Youth Media Awards!

Plus, YALSA’s offering some great special events at Midwinter, like the Gaming Extravaganza ($40) and the full-day institute Taking Teen Services to the Next Level ($100 for YALSA members, retirees, and students). You do not need to register for Midwinter to attend the institute or the gaming extravaganza.

You Can Still Win a Visit from Tiffany Trent! Your Teen Read Week program was probably amazing. Tell us all about it and if yours is the best program from 2007, you could win a visit from YA author Tiffany Trent, courtesy Teen Read Week Corporate Sponsor Mirrorstone Books! Entries are due on November 30, so get your entries in today! Application form and official rules are available on the Teen Read Week site.

Applications Due for YALSA’s Grants and Awards! You’ve still got a little time, but applications are due to the YALSA office by December 1. YALSA gives out more than $33,000 in grants to its members every year in several categories. Check out our awards, as it’s not too late to apply.

The next YALSA Update will be November 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Every Thursday, check back to the YALSA Blog for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at

So this year’s Teen Read Week celebration may be over, but there is still much to do. Teen Read Week doesn’t really end with Teen Read Week. How can you keep the momentum going?

Happy Teen Read Week, everyone!

If you do not receive emails from a YALSA listserv, you might have missed all the excellent information that Stephanie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, emailed us earlier this week on Teen Read Week. But don’t sweat if you missed it, I have posted here again for you:

Help YALSA celebrate Teen Read Week! We need your help:

Thanks to all of you for your help in making this the best Teen Read Week yet!