Teaching Students How to Unplug

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, California, the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

Summer Reading Program Website Launched

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with teens. The website is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which also provides grants for summer reading programs.

Free PR Tools for Your Día Events

On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events.

Growing Like a Read: Tailoring an Early Literacy Program for Your Community

Children’s librarians try hard. They buy the best books, attend the best workshops and conferences, plan and deliver the best story times, read the best and latest professional literature, incorporate best practices. But they may only see a child for thirty to forty-five minutes per week or less. Children’s librarians can model, provide information and tips, and recommend books and activities, but they can’t do it all. They don’t have the concentrated time with the children to work on pre-reading skills that paves the way for brain development in young children.

Featured Library: Solvang Library

This month’s featured library is the Solvang (Calif.) Library and its early literacy program, “Noche de la Familia.” Recommended for children up to six or seven years old and their caregivers, this themed monthly series was developed to encourage and support learning in families with young children as well as introduce parents to available library resources. What makes it unique is its additional focus on healthy eating.

Registration Open for 2012–2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge

Registration is open for the eighth annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. The challenge encourages teens and tweens to read during Teen Read Week and beyond. By doing so, they can win prizes donated by WWE and other organizations. According to Nielsen Media Research, WWE's programming reaches 15.8 million fans each week, of which 23 percent is younger than age eighteen.  

To participate:

Feeding (into) the Frenzy

On March 17, 2012, the Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library held its first after-hours teen program. The “74th Hunger Games” was the joint effort of Youth Services Department Head Stephanie Spetter, Teen Librarian Joanie Sebastian, Web Services Librarian Brodie Austin, and Youth Services Assistant Cheryl Gladfelter (aka the Gamemakers) and the culmination of more than a year of planning.

Plan Your El día de los niños/El día de los libros

To better serve the growing population of libraries offering events for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as día, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) released a new día website.


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