Check this out!

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Do you know about the NEW YALSA Programming site?

Check out the programs here – you can even filter out by categories or ask a question

~ Jennifer


January Meeting

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Our next meeting:

January 12
Willimantic Library Service Center
10 am

picture found: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/305189312218427594/

Advocating Teen Services:
YALSA Toolbox
Using Stats
Make an elevator pitch

* All of these are perfect to get you ready for budget season

See you there,

Happy Teen Read Week: Teens Top 10

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In case you didn’t see it, here’s the list!

1. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

A/YA Books: Alex Awards and a New Blog

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In light of our meeting on Friday (Booth & Dimock Memorial Library in Coventry. Get the address and directions.)

I thought you might like to see the award winners (taken from YALSA: The HUB)

YALSA has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2011 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, were announced today at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Jan. 7 – 11.

The 2011 Alex Award winners are:

  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To” by DC Pierson, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780307474612)

  • “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard,” by Liz Murray, published by Hyperion (ISBN 9780786868919)
  • “Girl in Translation,” by Jean Kwok, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group ( (ISBN 9781594487569)
  • “The House of Tomorrow,” by Peter Bognanni, published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of the Penguin Group (ISBN 9780399156090)
  • “The Lock Artist,” by Steve Hamilton, published by Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (ISBN 9780312380427)
  • “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel,” by Aimee Bender, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780385501125)
  • “The Radleys,” by Matt Haig, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (ISBN 9781439194010)
  • “The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel” by Alden Bell, published by Holt Paperbacks, a division of Henry Holt and Company, LLC (ISBN 9780805092431)
  • “Room: A Novel,” by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company a division of Hatchette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN 9780316098335)
  • “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel,” by Helen Grant, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group,  division of Random House, Inc.(ISBN 9780385344173)

“This year’s list runs the gamut of mystery, suspense, magical realism, adventure and memoir,” said Beth Gallaway, chair of the 2011 Alex Awards Committee. “Our selections are accessible to a wide range of ages, and feature a mute, a zombie slayer, a family of vampires, a Chinese American immigrant, a homeschooler, and insomniac – truly, there is something for everyone.”

The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. A full list of official nominations will be available online at www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/alex.


Also: Here’s a blog that might be helpful: Adult Books 4 Teens from SLJ

See you Friday!

~ Jennifer

New Yalsa Blog:

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Did you know that YALSA has a new blog? Check it out


~ Jennifer

Teen Tech Week Ideas

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Book Hunt: Kay Cassidy’s Great Scavenger Hunt Book contest

Reverse technology – update your librarian (This could work in a community where teens can help random people needing help with texting or other new technological tools)

Comic strips online:

READ THINK WRITE (is fun, but you can’t see the comic unless you print. Also the text box becomes cut off once printed)

ToonDoo – haven’t tried this one, but looks good

Bitstrips – create something funny out of the choices given

Any more that we didn’t talk about? Let us know what you’re doing!

Also don’t forget the Video Game booklist if you’re stuck for a display idea

Teen Read Week: Read Beyond Reality

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I know that most of us are just trying to get through the summer reading programs, but I wanted to take a look at planning Teen Read Week a little bit early. I’m hoping that Star Trex will be out on DVD to show that week.   But, just in case it’s not, I want to host a really cool program at the library.

Yalsa’s putting together programing ideas on their main TRW page

Other Teen Librarian are posting their thoughts on the programming Wiki.

I’m probably going to use their Map Other Worlds as either a quiz or for decorations.

Anyone have any other ideas?