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Volume 9, Issue 5, June 2010
YAttitudes Staff

Erin Downey Howerton

YALSA Communications Specialist:
Stephanie Kuenn

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Important Dates

Ongoing: Registration open for YALSA's Summer Online Courses - Power Up with Print and Beyond Booklists: Serving Today's Diverse Teens.

Ongoing: Teen Read Week registration

Ongoing: WrestleMania Reading Challenge registration

June 14: YALSA Board Meeting agenda and Board Documents will be available online.

June 17: YALSA's YA Classics webinar with Sarah Debraski; register today!

June 25-29: ALA Annual Conference; see YALSA's events and plans

June 29: Library Advocacy Day

June 30: Applications due for YALSA's mentoring program

June 30: Nominations due for YALSA's Name That Blog! contest

July 12: YALSA's summer online courses begin

July 15: YALSA's Risky Business webinar with Linda Braun; register today!

July 15: Entries due for YALSA's Great Ideas contest

New Members

Carole Ahmed, Montclair, VA

Madigan Armstrong, Iowa City, IA

Susanna Austin, Sarasota, FL

Stephen Beck, Columbia, KY

Jennifer Bigheart, Austin, TX

Alicia Brosen Woodmere, NY

Audrey Byrnes-Tolley, El Cajon, CA

Sheila Carmack-Morrissey, Eunice, NM

Eva Carranza, Palm Bay, FL

Bridget Carter, Decatur, GA

Tina Chovanec, Arlington, VA

Alice Cobey, Fredericksburg, VA

Joanna Cole, Annandale, VA

Jen Cotton, Denver, CO

Jamie Davis, Durham, NC

Mira Dougherty-Johnson, Southold, NY

Ashley Eisworth, Central, LA

Melissa Elgersma, Denver, CO

Susan Farrell, Chester Springs, PA

Linda Faucher, Ludlow, ME

Shellie Foltz, Springfield, MO

M. J. Goodrum, Burlington, NC

Mary Hindman, Pearl, MS

Kristina Holloway, Doylestown, PA

Susan Hornbach, Lansing, MI

Danielle Howell Roland, Greenville, SC

Heather Husted, Saint Petersburg, FL

Ursula Jacobs-Guidry, Charlotte, NC

Stephanie Jenkins, Papillion, NE

Danielle Joachim, Metairie, LA

Michele Jones, Jackson, LA

Carly Josephson, Ellicott City, MD

Dawn Lewallen, Longmont, CO

Stephanie Light, Plattsburgh, NY

Amanda Lindsay, Covington, GA

Jeanette Locklear, Red Springs, NC

Julie Macomber, Boardman, OH

Jessica Magelaner, Charlotte, NC

Marcos Martinez, Alamo, TX

Rachel McCartney, Midland, MI

Nimfa Melesio, Chicago, IL

Sarah Messham, Pittsburgh, PA

Jennifer Miller, Fairfax, VA

Jennifer Nelson, Minnetonka, MN

Pat Oey, Sunnyvale, CA

Stacey Palazzolo, Ypsilanti, MI

Leslie Payne, Marina, CA

Andre Powe, Brooklyn, NY

Vickie Raymundi, Santa Clarita, CA

Natalie Reynolds, Minotola, NJ

Courtenay Rivers, Charleston, SC

Livia Sabourin, Woodridge, NY

Samantha Sherburne, Rockport, MA

Heather Shuck, Owasso, OK

Erin Steele, Carrollton, TX

Bethany Templeton, Waltham, MA

Maria Touet, Stoneham, MA

Julie Vaught, Florence, SC

Yesenia Villar-Villalobos, Los Angeles, CA

Emma Weiler, Cambridge, MA

Karen White, Union City, TN

Karla Wilkerson-Glover, Lanham, MD

Mary Zaccaria, Wayne, NJ

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In This Issue:

Save the Dates for YALSA's Webinars

Be Part of YALSA's New Mentoring Program

Annual Conference: A Busy Time for the YALSA Board

Congratulations to YALSA's Library Advocacy Day Stipend Winners!

Boost Teen Reading at Your Library with YALSA's Summer Online Courses

Win $250 from YALSA for Your Great Idea

Apply to be a 2011 Emerging Leader

Name That Blog!

Enter the WrestleMania Reading Challenge: You Could Win Books from Penguin and $2,000 for Your Library!

Register for Teen Read Week and You Could Win Books from Cincos Puntos, Viz Media, and Carolrhoda Labs!

Make the Teens' Top Ten Part of Your Summer Reading Program

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson to speak at YA Lit Symposium's Bill Morris Memorial Author Luncheon

Save the Dates for YALSA's Webinars

YALSA's new webinar series is going strong! Webinars take place at 2 p.m. Eastern on the third Thursday of each month. YALSA members can log in to see past webinars in the For Members' Only section of YALSA's website. (Webinars appear in the archive two months after they take place.)

Webinar registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for individual nonmembers, and $195 for group registration (no limit to participants).

Find out more and register at or contact Eve Gaus, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

Upcoming webinars include:

YA Classics On June 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern, host Sarah Debraski, member manager of YALSA's upcoming YA literature blog, will highlight YA novels from 1951 -2003, discussing their themes and issues and how YA librarians can connect teens with these classics. Participants will receive a list of 25 go-to titles that they can use for readers advisory or to add to their collection. Register today!

Risky Business: Taking Risks to Improve Teen Services Join host Linda Braun on July 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern as she discusses why risk is important in teen services, how to be smart when building risky collections, how taking risks can help in programming with teens, what the best way is to take risks with technology and how to assess risky situations. Participants will learn how to determine when a risk is a risk worth taking and how capable their library is of dealing with risk. Register today!

Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction Join Angela Carstensen, 2010 Chair of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, for a discussion of YA nonfiction on August 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Learn how to collect and evaluate YA nonfiction, and see where the future of nonfiction is headed! Participants will learn where to find reviews, and what blogs, authors and publishers to watch, and will receive a rubric for evaluating YA nonfiction. Register today!

Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes Mark your calendar for September 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern, when host Jen Hubert Swan, host of the Reading Rants! blog, offers up 30 ways to reach reluctant readers at your library. Get display, booktalk and contest ideas and find out what "Roaming Bookmarks" and "Brown Bag Books" are all about. Participants will come away with some great ideas to kick start their programs and collections and help brainstorm some more. Registration opens in July!

 Be Part of YALSA's New Mentoring Program

YALSA’s new mentoring program will pair an experienced librarian (more than 5 years’ experience) with a new librarian (fewer than 5 years’ experience) or graduate student in a library science program. YALSA believes that we all have important skills and knowledge that we can share with one another and so this program encourages protégés to share their unique skills and know-how with their mentor. YALSA will accept applications through June 30. Learn more and apply at

Annual Conference: A Busy Time for the YALSA Board

By Linda Braun, YALSA President

The YALSA Board of Directors just approved the agenda for its Annual Conference meetings. The agenda includes:
  • A final look at plans for the reader’s choice list. Nominations will open to all YALSA members in February 2011.
  • At the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the YALSA Board voted to develop a member recognition award. A proposal for this award will be discussed at Annual.
  • The policies governing YALSA’s YA literature blog (formerly referred to as YALSA-TV) will be finalized.
  • The YALSA strategic plan is a key association document. The strategic plan’s “action plan” is a tool that articulates how YALSA will work to fulfill the goals of the strategic plan. Board members will review the action plan to guarantee YALSA continues to move forward strategically.
  • YALSA is committed to supporting appointed member groups in order to assure their success. The YALSA Board will consider steps the association should take to even more effectively support these groups, including committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards.
  • A report on activities stemming from the selected list discussions at prior board meetings, including the transition of the BBYA Committee to the new Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee.
This is just a small overview of what the board will review in D.C. The full agenda and supporting documents will be available in the Governance section of YALSA's website on June 14. Don’t forget, every conference registrant is welcome to attend board meetings. Dates and times are on the YALSA wiki.

Along with three board meetings at the ALA Annual Conference, board members will be actively be involved in a variety of events at the conference, including the YALSA Happy Hour and Leadership Development and All Committee meetings. If you see a board member at any of these events feel free to walk up, say hello, and ask about the work of the association. For those who are not able to attend ALA Annual Conference this year, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns any time. Complete contact information for member leaders and staff is available via the “Contact Us” button on the YALSA homepage.

For those attending ALA’s Annual Conference, this year’s membership meeting is on Monday, June 28 includes a question-and-answer session. This is a perfect time for you to ask questions of, and get answers from, YALSA leaders.

For those looking to participate virtually, you can read governance updates on the YALSA Blog throughout conference, take a look at the virtual President’s Program, follow our Twitter feed, or send your questions to me to answer during the Q&A at the Membership Meeting. It’s very important to the board and myself that you know that YALSA’s board represents all members, and we want your feedback and ideas.

Congratulations to YALSA's Library Advocacy Day Stipend Winners!

Five YALSA members won stipends of up to $1,000 to attend and participate in ALA's Library Advocacy Day on June 29 in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to:
  • Heather Gruenthal, school librarian, Western High School and Orangeview Junior High School, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Suzanne Larson, school librarian, Bartlett Junior-Senior High School, Webster, Mass.
  • Angie Manfredi, head of youth services, Los Alamos (N.M.) County Library System.
  • Susan Ridgeway, school librarian, Streetsboro (Ohio) City Schools.
  • Andrea Sowers, young adult librarian, Joliet (Ill.) Public Library.
The stipend will provide up to $1,000 to aid recipients with costs for attending the event, including travel and lodging. Applicants were selected based on their commitment to young adult library services, their learning goals for attending the event, financial need and how they will use the experience at their home institutions.

All five recipients indicated their enthusiasm for attending Library Advocacy Day:

  • “The only way I could do this is if I got the stipend, so I am super excited,” said Gruenthal. “I am jumping up and down.”
  • “I’m thrilled and honored that I’ll be going to Washington with all kinds of librarians and making our voices heard,” said Larson. “It’s so important that our legislators feel the strength and importance of what we do as a profession.”
  • “This is a chance for librarians to come together in the most important political place in our nation and really make a statement,” said Manfredi. “I’m looking forward to representing YALSA as we speak up for teens in libraries.”
  • “As a library media specialist, I’m finding that most people don’t understand how important libraries are and how they strengthen our democracy,” said Ridgeway. “I’m looking forward to demonstrating the importance of having books, resources and a qualified librarian is to young adults.”
  • “Without the stipend, I wouldn’t be able to stay an additional day and be part of Library Advocacy Day,” said Sowers. “Hearing library doors getting closed just breaks my heart, and I hope to learn ways to keep them open.”
Funding for this stipend is provided through the Friends of YALSA.
Boost Teen Reading at Your Library with YALSA's Summer Online Courses

Registration is now open for YALSA’s summer online courses!
In Beyond Booklists: Serving Diverse Today’s Diverse Teens, instructor Jennifer Velasquez will guide participants in serving today’s diverse generation, including ways to design, implement and evaluate more in-depth services and programs for today’s diverse teen population and recent teen immigrants. Participants will also gain skills in addressing issues such as language barriers, cultural differences, and institutional support.

In Power Up with Print, instructor Jamie Watson will show participants how to boost the library’s circulation through the development of teen-centered programs, material evaluation and selection, booktalks and more, as well as discuss the latest trends in YA lit.

Course registration now open at Courses cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers and will take place July 12 to August 9.

Win $250 from YALSA for Your Great Idea

We’ve extended the application for YALSA’s Great Ideas contest to July 15, 2010!
YALSA needs your Great Ideas – and you could win $250 in cash! We’re looking for creative help from you to help YALSA achieve its goals.
Do you have an idea to:
  • make YALSA’s awards and booklists into household names?
  • ensure young adult and school librarians have access to important research?
  • help YALSA better advocate for quality library services for every teen in every library?
  • develop continuing education or career services that librarians need?
  • engage YALSA’s current membership and recruit new members?
 Great ideas like yours will help YALSA achieve the goals laid out in its most recent strategic plan: Advocacy, Marketing, Research, Continuous Learning, and Member Recruitment and Engagement.  A PDF version of the Strategic Plan is available at

Who Can Apply?
All current YALSA members and official member groups, including committees, juries, taskforces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards.

How to Apply

Go to the Great Ideas webpage for more information and the application form.  Send your application to as a single attachment no later than July 15, 2010.
Winners will be announced the week of Sept. 7, 2010. There will be a first place winner for an individual member and a first place winner for a member group. If there are no applicants in one of the two categories, we will choose two winners for a single category.  Each prize is worth up to $250. Winners will have their idea and photo published in an issue of YAttitudes and have their idea implemented by YALSA.
Please direct questions to Sarajo Wentling, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, at:

Name That Blog!

This fall, YALSA will launch a new blog focused on young adult literature. Beginning this month, YALSA is accepting nominations for the new blog's name. We'll be accepting nominations online through June 30. From there, we'll choose five finalists and you can vote for your favorite title from July 6 to August 1.

The person who submits the winning title will win a box of books and other materials from YALSA!

Apply to Be a 2011 Emerging Leader

YALSA will sponsor two personal members for the 2011 class of Emerging Leaders! Applications are now online; be sure to indicate “YALSA” as the preferred sponsor when applying. YALSA’s Emerging Leaders will each receive up to $1,000 to attend ALA’s 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego and Annual Conference in New Orleans ($500 per conference). YALSA’s Emerging Leaders are funded through the Friends of YALSA.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.

For an application and guidelines, visit the Emerging Leaders website. Applications must be submitted online by July 30. Questions? Contact Beatrice Calvin at

Enter the WrestleMania Reading Challenge: You Could Win Books from Penguin and $2,000 for Your Library!

Join the WrestleMania Reading Challenge! Sponsored by YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment with support from Mattel, Penguin, and Coldstone Creamery, the WrestleMania Reading Challenge encourages teens and tweens to become regular readers, with prizes as an incentive.

This year  we've simplified the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and shortened it to one week. Tweens and teens can complete a competitive project during Teen Read Week if they want to be eligible to win a trip to WrestleMania. They can also pledge to read 5 books or graphic novels between Teen Read Week and WrestleMania 27 on April 3, 2011. The students chosen as Grand Prize Winners represent their libraries at the WrestleMania Reading Challenge World Finals in Atlanta on April 2, 2011 and win their libraries $2,000 grants and other prizes.

Librarians and educators who sign up by July 31 will a free WrestleMania Reading Challenge resource pack and be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of five sets of books from Penguin.

To learn more and register, visit and register by July 31!

Register for Teen Read Week and You Could Win Books from Cincos Puntos, Viz Media, and Carolrhoda Labs!

Have you registered for Teen Read Week yet? Be sure to register (it's free!) at Just by registering, you'll be entered into a drawing to win the following prizes:
  • Four registrants will win a collection of titles from Cinco Puntos, including Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood (autographed), He Forgot to Say Goodbye (autographed), Last Night I Sang to the Monster (autographed) and Pitch Black
  • One registrant will win a collection of 25 Teen-rated manga titles from Viz Media’s Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat lines
  • Five registrants will win a full set of the Fall 2010 launch list from Carolrhoda Lab™: Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick, The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff, The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston, and Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang.
After you've registered, check out the many tools and resources available at the Teen Read Week website. Be sure to:
Be ready for Books with Beat @ your library, October 17-23. Watch your mailboxes this July for the summer issue of YALS, which has plenty of articles to help you plan your celebration.
Make the Teens' Top Ten Part of Your Summer Reading Program

As your Summer Reading Program kicks off, be sure to include YALSA's Teens' Top Ten. You can download the 26 nominated titles (PDF) from the YALSA website, as well as the Teens' Top Ten toolkit (Word doc), which includes programming ideas, customizable bookmarks, and other tools to help you promote the Teens' Top Ten to teens at your library.

Be sure to mark your calendars for voting this year. Voting opens Aug. 23 and ends Sept. 17. Last year, more than 11,000 teens voted for their favorite books.

For more information, visit

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson to speak at YA Lit Symposium's Bill Morris Author Luncheon

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall, will be the featured speaker at the Bill Morris Author Luncheon at YALSA's 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium. The luncheon is named for William C. Morris, the legendary children's publishing figure whose endowment helps fund the symposium.

Early bird registration is now open for the symposium, which will take place Nov. 5–7, 2010, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, N.M. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members and is available until Sept. 10. Registration is available at The 2010 theme is “Diversity, Literature, and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions.”

YALSA will offer pre-symposium special events that require additional registration on Friday, November 5, including a full-day preconference (“On Beyond Stonewall: The Uphill Journey of Young Adult Fiction with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2010”) and three mini forums (on teen readers’ advisory, street lit and urban teens, and fat acceptance in YA literature) and hot air balloon rides.

On Saturday, registrants can also purchase tickets for the Bill Morris Author Luncheon and a reception and tour of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to their registration.

Early bird registration costs $195 for YALSA members and members of the New Mexico Library Association; $245 for ALA personal members; $300 for nonmembers; and $50 for students, who must be enrolled full-time in a library and information science program. Rooms at the Albuquerque Marriott are offered at a special rate for registrants of $99 per night. You can also enjoy discounts on airfare through United.

After you've registered or to learn more about the event, join the YA Lit Symposium Community, where you can connect with your colleagues! The Symposium Community aims to help librarians, teachers, and others interested in the Symposium connect to other others who plan to attend or who are simply interested in the topic and would like to connect to colleagues and peers virtually. To learn more, visit



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