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YALSA 2017 Selected Book Lists: Don’t Forget to Check Them Out!

CMLE members – pay attention to the Young Adult Library Services Association, and all their resources to help you in your work! They provide awards for more than 4,000 books, audiobooks, and movies. “This database provides access to all of YALSA‘s annual selected book and media lists, awards, and honorees. These resources are developed by library staff and educators to support the collection development and readers’ advisory work of library staff.

While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA’s selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.”

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Use teen videos to market library services

homepageiconDon’t you love YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association of ALA? They are always up to something interesting, and have some great ideas for all librarians. How about teen videos to market what the library has to offer? We know that legislators and most adults prefer to hear from kids, so why not? One of our most powerful arguments for funding is that we improve the academic performance of students.

The contest called for creative video entries that compellingly demonstrated how teens make use of library services, programs, and staff in order to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life.

  • A playlist of the winning videos, along with all the submissions, can be found on YALSA’s YouTube channel. Do you have any budding videographers in your setting who could create a video specific to your library?

Summer reading list for teens

Are students asking you for titles to read this summer? Recently, we did a post about the YALSA top ten nominees list. Here are some more titles to suggest to your students, from YALSA’s 2016 Best of the Best awards. Tip: Ask your students if they have a public library card in order to keep them reading all summer long!

YALSA 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults (see the other categories and winners here)

simon vs.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertall
 six of crows   Six of Crows by Bardugo, Leigh
bunker diaryThe Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
  audacity   Audacity by Melanie Crowder 
  shadowshaperShadowshaper by Daniel José Older         
x a novel X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
boy in the black suitThe Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

bone gap


Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
challenger deep
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

more happy than


More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera


New Teen Read Week theme: "Read for the fun of it!"

RainbowEncouraging teens to read can itself be a challenge. But what about inspiring a love of reading in teens that speak a language other than English?

YALSA is addressing this issue with their multilingual “Read for the fun of it” theme during Teen Read Week, October 9–15. According to their 2016 Teen Read Week website, 22% of the nation’s youth speak a language other than English at home. This year’s Teen Read Week poster features the theme in the six most spoken languages in the US: English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

YALSA encourages libraries to highlight services and resources for multilingual teens. Eligible library staff, afterschool providers, and educators can now apply for a YALSA 2016 Teen Read Week Activity Grant to support activities aimed at youth that speak English as a second language

Use the hashtag #TRW16 to join the conversation on social media!

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YALSA shares top ten teen nominees

Tash reading on the beachLove young adult fiction? Get your reading lists ready!

YALSA has announced the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees, a list of 26 titles published in 2015. You can view a video and a list of the nominees, courtesy of the YALSA website. They are asking libraries to encourage teens to read the nominated books during the summer so they can be ready for the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place August 15 through Teen Read Week (October 9–15)

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