Young Adult Library Services

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 4, Summer

Attractive Displays for Teen Spaces
Before I started my career as a teen services librarian, I worked for a bookstore for six months. The combined children and teen section of the store was separated from the rest of the bookstore, and it was there that I learned the importance of displays...
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[Begin strikethrough]Books[end Strikethrough] Films with Bite: Teen Read Week[TM] Movie Night
Movie night is a great event that can enhance the fun of Teen Read Week (TRW). Why show a movie during a week that celebrates the written word? Teens connect with ideas and emotions in a variety of ways. Movies that fit with the 2008 TRW theme, Books...
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Celebrating Teen Tech Week[TM] with an Author Visit
It all started during Teen Read Week (TRW) in October 2007. I had decided to beef up the library-sponsored activities for TRW 2007 at Patrick Taylor Academy, a school for grades 6-11. The theme LOL @ your library[R] was a natural for this age group,...
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Engaging the YALSA Community: YALSA to Survey Members
"YALSA, the fastest-growing division of ALA." It's a phrase we here at YALSA are proud to say. Our membership has increased dramatically over the past few years. This is great news for us! And it also means we need to keep our finger on the pulse...
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From the Editor
In recent years, a local woman has protested the content of the books in the young adult room of our library. She wrote letters to the editor of our local paper, posted endlessly on the online newspaper forums, held protest rallies in front of the...
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From the President
I cannot begin to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your president this past year. As I write this column, there is still much to look forward to before the Annual Conference in Anaheim, California,...
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Marketing Teen Read Week[TM]: Books with Bite @ Your Library
The theme of this year's Teen Read Week (TRW) is Books with Bite @ your library. This is a great chance to market the library to your vampire, werewolf, and horror lovers. (Any Stephenie Meyer fans out there?) But feel free to interpret "bite" in other...
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Reaching out to Teens in Need through Great Stories
The value of literature in a troubled or at-risk teen's life can be immeasurable. As advocates for teens and reading, teen librarians are very aware of this. There are many teens without the benefit of the healing and enlightening powers of teen literature....
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Silva, Gwinn Win 2008 WrestleMania Reading Challenge
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] David Silva of the Orlando Public Library and Ajoura Gwinn of the Carnegie Library of Homestead, Pa., were crowned 2008 WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Champions on March 29 in Orlando, Fla. Silva, the national middle...
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Tasty Treats for Books with Bite
As David Lubar once said, "Teens are trying to make sense of the world. But that's an impossible task. The world that doesn't make sense.... As a reader, I know HI find the world I want in a book." (1) The importance of Teen Read Week[TM] (TRW) is...
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The Alluring Darkness: Finding Belonging in Fangs and Wands
Trapped within the black ink words between book covers, blood-suckers and their horrific kin wait for the next train into Imagination. Who on earth would invite these nasty beings into their minds, defenseless save for the ability to turn a page? ...
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Urban Teenagers, Health Information, and Public Library Web Sites
The Internet has become an important tool for young adults seeking health information. (1) More than 70 percent of 15 to 17-year-olds say they have used the Internet to look up health information. (2) Researchers cite availability, anonymity, and affordability...
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Write Here, Write Now: Holding a Creative Writing Workshop Series at Your Library
On a Thursday afternoon in early June 2006, I stood in our branch library's windowless large conference room before a very diverse group of young people ages eleven to fifteen. They sat at tables arranged in a large U shape. They studied me, looking...
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YALSA Establishes Leadership Endowment
Thanks to the generosity of its members and the leadership of a few past presidents, YALSA now has its own Leadership Endowment! The endowment will be used to support specific leadership development initiatives such as scholarships, fellowships and...
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YALSA Is Nashville Bound!
With more than two years of planning behind it, YALSA's inaugural Young Adult Literature Symposium is going to be the place to be this November. Funded in part by the William Morris Endowment, the symposium promises to be thought-provoking, enriching,...
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YA Q&A: Expert Advice on Tough Teen Services Questions
Wonder what the experts would do? This is the place to ask the tough questions library students and new librarians have about working with teens. The experts who answer are YALSA members and YALS readers who have learned through experience and are...
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Young Adult Literature Symposium Preliminary Program
November 7-9, 2008 Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. www.ala.org/yalitsymposium Registration & housing at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium Early Bird registration ends September i Friday, November 7 Picturing the Story:...
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