Young Adult Library Services

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 4, Summer

Accept the Universal Freak Show
In October of 2007, J. K. Rowling threw the mainstream media into a frenzy when, during a Q&A session with a fan, she announced that Albus Dumbledore was gay. Dumbledore, the beloved headmaster of Hogwarts, had served as a role model and mentor...
Are You There God? It's Me, Manga: Manga as an Extension of Young Adult Literature
Comics have risen in popularity in recent years. Publishers, bookstores, and libraries are all changing their collections to reflect this demand, which is due in part to comics' newfound appeal to girls. Girls have primarily come to comics through...
Banned Books Week: Celebrating Your (and Your Teens!) Freedom to Read
Each year for a week in September, the eyes and ears of the library world turn toward one of the more prevalent issues that face libraries and librarians every day--the issue of intellectual freedom. This week is Banned Books Week, observed this year...
Break through to the Other Side: Get Adult Services Staff to Buy into Teen Read Week
As Teen Read Week approaches, it's time to start planning activities that will get teens involved in reading. For many school librarians this means working with principals to get school-wide programs going, working the theme into the school curriculum,...
Bullies, Gangs, and Books for Young Adults
This action research project describes the impact a love for reading and access to books had on incarcerated youth and the adults directly working with them. Through adults working inside a juvenile detention center a library was established, young...
Change Your Reality: Teen Read Week Programs for a Better World
Many teens are more interested in the world around them than other worlds. Engage them in Teen Read Week 2009 by offering programs focused on improving their real world and changing their reality. When planning your Teen Read Week activities think...
Easing the Pain of the Classics
Few words strike more fear in the hearts and minds of high school students than the English teacher's announcement, "We will be reading a classic." Truth be told, as an English teacher, I dreaded The Scarlet Letter and Silas Marner as much as the students,...
Engaging the YALSA Community
It's hard to believe that I'm already writing my final column as YALSA president. This has been an incredible year for me as I've been at the head of our association during a time I think has been quite exciting. My first column outlined my theme,...
Fabulous Films for Young Adults
Question: If you put several people around a table with snack food in the middle and drinks (nonalcoholic, of course!) all around, turn out the lights, and then turn on a TV and DVD player, what do you have? Answer: The Fabulous Films for Young Adults...
From the Editor
Taking the lead from this year's Teen Read Week slogan, Read Beyond Reality, I am indeed changing my reality this year. After twenty-five years in Coshocton Public Library, I am retiring and taking on a new exciting challenge, editing VOYA magazine....
Help Shape YALSA's Future
Ensuring YALSA's continued success requires input from you, our talented members! Standing as a candidate for election to a YALSA office or award committee offers the chance to share your expertise and gain valuable leadership skills. Self-nominations...
Joining Forces with Teachers for an Unreal Teen Read Week
Having worked on both sides of the circulation desk--as a classroom teacher and a school librarian--it is easy to understand the challenges and rewards of teacher-librarian collaboration on Teen Read Week. Unfortunately, as much as both teachers and...
Project Morph: Bringing Fashion Rehab to Los Angeles Library Teens
The County of Los Angeles Public Library Teen Services team went literal in interpreting the theme of transformation during the metamorphosis summer reading program of 2008. Capitalizing on the success of Project Runway, a Peabody Award-winning, fashion-driven...
Stinky Fish and Tossed Eggs: Science Programming on the Cheap
Decomposing, stinky fish prominently displayed in small jars on the circulation desk and eggs tossed from the roof aren't exactly what you would expect to find if you dropped by the library to check your e-mail on a Wednesday afternoon. But that's...
The Age Of-? Using Young Adult Literature to Make Sense of the Contemporary World
Literature is the expression of a nation's mind in writing. --William Ellery Channing Thirty-two boisterous seniors make their way into Room 422 of Morris High School, a comprehensive high school of approximately 2,400 students located in Jeffersonville,...
The Young Adult Literature Symposium Paper Presentations
In November 2008, YALSA hosted its first Young Adult Literature Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, with a theme of "How We Read Now." The symposium featured five authors presenting four papers on various aspects of young adult literature, designed...
YALSA's Baker & Taylor Conference Award
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Baker & Taylor Conference Award Committee happily announced the two grant winners for 2009: Laurie Amster-Burton and Kate Toebbe. Each recipient receives a $1,000 grant to attend the American...
YALSA, WWE Name 2009 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Champions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Christian Cervantes and Stephanie Diaz of Houston were crowned national champions in the WrestleMania[R] Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library...
YA Q&A: Expert Advice on Tough Teen Services Questions
Wonder what the experts would do? This is the place to ask tough questions that 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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