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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.

2013 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.


The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows:

Register Now For Teen Tech Week

The time has come to Check In @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, is now open at the Teen Tech Week website.

Express Yourself!

I am always on the lookout for easy marketing/outreach activities that take little effort and staff time to pull together, especially since my library, The Ohio State University at Marion/Marion Technical College Library, is small with few staff. In November 2011, as I was reading messages on an email discussion list one day, someone mentioned using an Expression Wall as an outreach tool to students. I admit; it was new to me so I read up on it.

Young voters @ your library

The library has long been referred to as the cornerstone of democracy, providing free and equal access to information for all people. Adults across the country know that their library is a go-to resource when it comes to being a well-informed participant in the electoral process. Its resources range from hosting local debates and discussions to acting as polling places and helping patrons register to vote.

PEW Study on Young Adult Reading and Library Habits Released

American Library Association (ALA) president Maureen Sullivan issued the following statement regarding the release of Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits, a comprehensive analysis of reading format trends among sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-old patrons in U.S. libraries. The report shows that libraries play a strong role in the resurgence in reading among young readers. According to the report, eight in ten Americans under the age of thirty have read a book in the past year and are likely to use their local library as a source for print and electronic materials.

Voting Now Open for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

Get teens more involved in your library (and your library’s programming) by encouraging them to vote in the Teens’ Top Ten. Offered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the contest encourages all teens (aged 12–18) to vote for their favorite books from the last year in an annual poll. Voting is open now through September 15.

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