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Teen read week and other teen news

Teen Read Week 2017

Excited for Teen Read Week 2017? This year’s Teen Read Week will be celebrated October 8th-14th. You can expect updates starting in April at teenreadweek.ning.com. So, don’t forget to sign up for an account to get the latest news, if you haven’t already.

Teen Book Finder Database

Our Teen Book Finder Database was released last month! As the web version of our Teen Book Finder App, it’s the newest, easiest way to find all the winning books on YALSA’s book and media awards lists. And we’ll soon be updating it with 2017 titles. Check it out now!

Newest YALSA Resources

Summer Learning Position Paper

If you haven’t already, check out this position paper on the benefits of making your summer reading program a summerlearning program.

Save the Date! 2017 YA Services Symposium

YALSA’s 2017 YA Services Symposium will take place in Louisville, KY, November 3 -5, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville with the theme of: Libraries:  Helping All Teens Build a Better Future. Registration opens in April. Sign up for updates here. Two travel stipends are also available to help offset travel costs to the symposium. Apply by June 1.

YALSA’s Spring E-Course
Building Reflective Collections
3/20/2017 – 4/16/2017
$155 YALSA members/$215 nonmembers
“Julie did a great job presenting the material and letting us come up with our interpretations and how to make the ideas work for our community.” That’s just what one student said about this great course, which will give you the chance to not only explore building great teen collections, but will also discuss ways to learn about patrons — both users and “not-yet” users, in addition to assessing current collections. Learn more and register.

Taylor Crossley

Communications Assistant

Young Adult Library Service Association

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611



Latest news from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


Teen Book Finder Database

Have you heard about YALSA’s Teen Book Finder Database? It’s the newest and easiest way to check out YALSA’s book and media award winners from past years. This free resource is searchable by award, list name, year, author, genre, and more. Users can create customizable and printable lists and even locate books in nearby libraries. The database will eventually replace our book and media list pages on our website. Check it out here!

New 2017 Selected Booklists!

Have you checked out our newest booklists? They’re all available now!

Beginning this month, Amazing Audiobooks, Quick Picks and Popular Paperbacks are being transitioned over to The Hub. More details on this transition can be found here. These are the only selected lists that will be changing in 2017.

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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